Congressional baseball game 2022: Democratic Rep. Linda Sanchez knocks down Republican lawmakers

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It was all for charity, but tensions were still high on Thursday evening annual congressional baseball game.

Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-California, displayed poor sportsmanship during the 87th episode of the game when she was seen knocking down the Republican dugout in the sixth inning with the Democrats trailing by five points.

Representative Linda Sanchez (D-CA), Vice President of the House Democratic Conference, speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, United States, November 29, 2017.
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After an initial walk, Sanchez was pulled for a pinch runner, but while walking back to the dugout she looked at her fellow legislators on the opposite side of the aisle before making the offensive gesture.

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It’s unclear what sparked Sanchez’s outrage, but social media erupted in response.

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The Republicans finished the game 10-0, earning back-to-back victories and improving their record in the classic game that was first played in 1909, to 44-42-1.

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., left, and Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, congratulate Rep. August Pfluger, R-Texas, after Pfluger was named the Republican team's most valuable player of Congress after the Congressional baseball game, Thursday, July 28, 2022, in Washington.  The annual baseball game between Congressional Republicans and Democrats raises money for charity.

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., left, and Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, congratulate Rep. August Pfluger, R-Texas, after Pfluger was named the Republican team’s most valuable player of Congress after the Congressional baseball game, Thursday, July 28, 2022, in Washington. The annual baseball game between Congressional Republicans and Democrats raises money for charity.
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosithe Democratic team coach, said in an interview with Fox News’ Chad Pergram that camaraderie and a love of baseball were the reasons members of Congress continued to put aside their differences for the game.

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“This game is so awesome and the people are so nice,” she said of America’s favorite pastime. “That’s what keeps us competitive, and it’s great to be here and have a little fun.”

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, left, and Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, stand in the dugout before the Congressional baseball game against Congressional Democrats, Thursday, July 28, 2022, in Washington.  The annual baseball game between Congressional Republicans and Democrats raises money for charity.

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, left, and Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, stand in the dugout before the Congressional baseball game against Congressional Democrats, Thursday, July 28, 2022, in Washington. The annual baseball game between Congressional Republicans and Democrats raises money for charity.
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Maybe she spoke too soon.

Fox News’ Lawrence Richard contributed to this report.

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