After a stellar game at the plate and at shortstop, Ninth District Congressman Adam Smith was named MVP for the Democrats in the annual Congressional baseball game yesterday.

Despite the disappointing 9-1 loss for the Democrats, Smith had an outstanding game. He went 2 for 2 against Republican pitcher and former Seattle Seahawk Steve Largent and made several impressive plays at shortstop.

"I guess some of the Mariners magic has rubbed off on me," Smith joked. "Even though the Democrats lost, it's still for a great cause, and it's a great way to get to know your colleagues in a different way."

Over 50 Members of Congress participated in this year's Congressional Baseball game. Proceeds were donated to the Washington D.C. Literacy Council, the Little League Baseball Program of the Police Boys and Girls Club of Washington D.C., and selected charities of the Bowie Baysox, who also donated their home field for the game. Over $90,000 was raised.

Smith, proud to represent his hometown of Tacoma, wore an official Tacoma Rainiers uniform.