Bellantoni greets fellow Bad News Babe Abby Livingston at the 2013 game. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
About 75 minutes into the morning, I took a softball to my left shin.
The purple welt that formed soon after served as a nice distraction from the bruise about 2 inches above it, the result of a stray toss at a scrimmage last weekend.
It was my third consecutive day with less than five hours of sleep, after an intense and unpredictable week in the political news business. I’d started out on the field at 7 a.m., groggy and grouchy, mentally ticking off everything on the to-do list and preparing for a television hit in a few hours.
My leg hurt, but I was pleased I’d been a swift backup for the other outfielder, and that I’d gotten the ball into the shortstop’s glove.
As I walked into CNN later, someone remarked, “You sure look happy for getting up at 5:30 a.m.”
And this is why I play.
I have several goals for Wednesday’s Congressional Women’s Softball Game, which pits lady journalists against female members of Congress.