WATCH: Congressman Sings Meet the Mets After NLDS Bet Goes Wrong
Our public officials at work, ladies and gentlemen.
Playoff baseball fever has taken over most of the country and Capitol Hill is no exception (despite the absence of the Washington Nationals). On the House floor during Friday's session of Congress, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California) took to the podium and belted out a stirring rendition of "Meet the Mets", the National League champions' fight song.
Schiff's cover, which wouldn't be out of place at an elementary school's autumn pageant, was a price to pay for a bet he made with fellow representative and die-hard Mets fan Steve Israel (D-New York), who enjoyed his team's 3-2 defeat of Schiff's beloved Los Angeles Dodgers in this month's National League Divisional Series. This week, Israel got more to celebrate with not only the Mets clinching their first World Series appearance since 2000, but Schiff keeping his word on the bet.
"I lost a bet with Congressman Israel," Schiff said. "So now, Steve, this song is for you."
As the song goes on longer, much to poor Schiff's embarrassment, he begs "Mr. Speaker, please tell me my time (to speak) has expired." He later clarifies that he's pleased to see that the Mets will represent New York in the World Series and not their crosstown counterparts, saying "I thank God that the Mets are going to the World Series, and not the Yankees."
To his credit, Israel took to Twitter to praise Schiff's performance, saying "You're a class act, Adam!" In another Tweet shortly after, he labeled it the "most erudite floor-speech ever", though he clarified "Ok, the bar is pretty low".
Israel's Mets will take on the Kansas City Royals in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night. Check out the video of Rep. Schiff's song below. If you're a Met fan, you may just want it as your ringtone...
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