Originally posted on The Daily Rival  |  Last updated 2/15/12

Apparently the Congressional Baseball Game is an actual thing, and Ron Paul is a legend in it. Here’s video of the Texas congressman and current Republican presidential candidate doing his best Dale Murphy impression during the 1983 contest.

Paul started in right and had a final stat line of 2-for-3, double, HBP, 2 RBIs. He even holds the distinction as being the only congressman to ever hit a home run in the game, which he accomplished in a different year. This game ended in a 17-17 tie. Republicans lead the all-time series, 38-34-1.

I don’t know what’s more striking about this video: a petite Paul hitting a two-base knock that reaches the wall, the fact that he’s wearing one of those ghastly Astros throwbacks, or the fact that he has his full name on the back of the jersey.

Paul’s been struggling in the GOP primaries, however. Perhaps he should just make his new campaign ad his highlights from this game played to Hulk Hogan’s theme song. Then that’ll probably prompt Mitt Romney to put out an ad featuring him playing stickball with street urchins and talking about how he’s in touch with “the common streetfolk.”

[H/T SB Nation]

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