- The Washington Times - Friday, July 24, 2009

“This is the proudest day of my life. Beating the Heritage Foundation in the Think Tank Softball League feels like accomplishing everything I ever set out to achieve,” exclaimed Christopher Hayes, the Nation’s Washington editor and New America Foundation fellow, after Tuesday night’s game.

Mr. Hayes, who often can be found engaging in the game of punditry on MSNBC and other networks, plays left field — no pun intended.

The final score from Tuesday’s game was 14-13. The conservative Heritage Foundation scored seven runs in the first inning, but Mr. Hayes and his New America Foundation teammates stormed back in later innings.

The Think Tank Softball League plays on the Mall throughout the summer. Other participants include the Brookings Institution, the German Marshall Fund and others.

Do goodin’

Now for some news from a real baseball player. Washington Nationals pitcher Tyler Clippard will stop off Friday at the Deanwood Neighborhood Habitat for Humanity YouthBuild Day, where he will hang with teenage volunteers from local schools who are helping build homes for the needy. Their project is a 53-home development in the Deanwood neighborhood of Northeast, where 26 families have been placed in homes since 2004 after living in public housing.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun — watching them work and seeing what it’s all about,” Mr. Clippard told G2. “It’s a great cause, and I’m excited to get out there, speak with the volunteers and help out a little.”

We can’t think of a better way to build some good karma for the next Nationals game. The force will be with us, and goodness knows the Nats need it.

As you may recall from a previous column, the Nationals were sponsoring Baseball 101 this weekend for forlorn lasses in need of a baseball tutorial. Nats coaches were recruited to teach, but we have been informed that Baseball 101 has been canceled because of lack of interest.

While Mr. Clippard pitches goodwill to young builders, the cast of “The Color Purple,” playing at the Kennedy Center, will hit the right notes at the Washington Performing Arts Society’s Children of the Gospel Choir Vocal Workshop, where they will talk to camp participants. You may remember that WPAS Children of the Gospel Choir sang at President Obama’s Inaugural Prayer Service at the National Cathedral and has appeared twice on NBC’s “Today” show.

One of the cast members, Anika Ellis, a Washington native who attended Duke Ellington School of the Arts, tells G2: “It’s important to make yourself available to kids and let them know what’s involved in this process. I wish I’d had a hands-on experience with people who were actively performing in the industry at that age.”

Mixin’ it up

Speaking of young stars, TenPenh’s Brennan Adams is quite the talent behind the bar, his customers say.

They sent in enough texts to qualify him as one of 40 national finalists in the Bombay Sapphire GQ Inspired Bartender Search in Las Vegas, where he will represent the Washington market.

Mr. Adams, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and a former architect, is bar manager at the newly refurbished TenPenh, a Southeast Asian restaurant on Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest. “Washington has many very hot and trendy bars with bartenders who focus on craft cocktails and not just flinging drinks together,” he tells G2.

The 35-year-old Mr. Adams says he likes putting together “classic cocktails with a twist,” such as the Bombay Fissure he created for the contest. The frosty beverage consists of Bombay Sapphire, grenadine, vermouth, lime leaves and dry ice and is topped off with a pineapple raft that holds a single flower.

We hope Mr. Adams represents the District to the fullest because the winner, who will be selected by a panel of celebrity judges, will get a four-page spread in GQ’s Man of the Year issue.

What an opportunity to improve Washington’s style rap.

To contact Stephanie Green or Elizabeth Glover, e-mail undercover@washingtontimes.com.


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