This season, D.C.'s powerbrokers are hooking up with the Nationals. The team has had had five Supreme Court Justices -- John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, Elena Kagan, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor -- attend games, and so have Vice President Joe Biden, a Phillies fan, Attorney General Eric Holder, Defense Secretary Leo Panetta and several cabinet members, including Kathleen Sebelius (Health and Human Services), Hilda Solis (Labor) and Ray LaHood (Transportation). Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the Federal Reserve Board and a season-ticket holder, has been seen, in faded jeans, polo shirt and weathered Nationals cap, standing in line buying ice cream or visiting with Nationals players in the home dugout before the game.
"When you play in Los Angeles, you meet movie stars,'' Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth says. "When you're playing in Washington, you meet people that run the world. That's pretty cool. But you have to win. These people weren't around last year when we weren't winning.''
Werth tried to ask Bernanke questions about QE3, the latest round of economic stimulus, but Bernanke preferred balls and strikes, Werth says: "He wasn't talking about that economic stuff. So we talked about baseball, and it was a hoot.''
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