Rep. Landry will wear Nicholls gear at game

WASHINGTON, DC —Congressman Jeff Landry, R-New Iberia, will wear Nicholls State University baseball gear during the 2011 Congressional Baseball Game tonight at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

Landry, who represents Louisiana’s 3rd Congressional District, which includes Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, will wear a Colonels baseball jersey and hat provided by first year Nicholls head coach Seth Thibodeaux.

“I am proud to serve the great people of the 3rd Congressional District and the wonderful students and faculty at Nicholls State University,” said Landry, who played baseball at St. Martinville Senior High School. “I thank Coach Thibodeaux for the opportunity to wear Colonels gear during the game. And I look forward to having the same success that the Colonels have had this season.”

Thibodeaux said the university is honored Landry will be supporting it and the baseball program.

“When he called my office with the idea, I thought it was a great idea and a very generous gesture on his part,” Thibodeaux said. “I think it’s a great way to show his support for our district, Nicholls State University, and the Thibodaux area.”

The annual Congressional Baseball Game pits House and Senate Democrats against their Republican counterparts. First held in 1909, there have been 72 meetings between the two sides, with the GOP holding a 38-33-1 all-time record.

Throughout its history, the game has seen periodic interruptions due to events, such as the Great Depression and World War II. The game has been played at least once every summer since 1962.

All money raised from the game benefits the Washington Literacy Council and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington.

For more information on the game and its history, fans can visit www.congressionalbaseball.org.

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