Newspaper article Roll Call

Bill Shuster, Not Gonna Play Ball

Newspaper article Roll Call

Bill Shuster, Not Gonna Play Ball

Article excerpt

The announcers on June 11 even called his name during the player introductions.

Yet Rep. Bill Shuster was nowhere to be found.

Unless one happened to peek into the far corner of the PNC Diamond Club at the frustrated-looking gentleman bizarrely mumbling to himself.

That's where the Pennsylvania Republican -- T-shirt, cargo shorts, sunglasses, face pressed up against the glass, peering longingly out onto the field -- camped out for at least part of the evening,

One political hack that wandered over to say hello was brushed off with a cautionary, "Not now."

When another colleague sidled up to see what was up, the somber pol seemed regretful.

Shuster watches the 53rd Congressional Baseball Game from the Republican dugout on June 25, 2014. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

"The one time I skip a game ... and Obama shows up," he muttered, referring to the impromptu visit by POTUS to the annual summertime game, a first for a U.S. chief executive since Richard M. …

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