Jewish Journal

A very “-erman” weekend: little league openers, Shimon Peres’ closer

by Jonah Lowenfeld

March 12, 2012 | 11:30 am

Rep. Howard Berman (D - Van Nuys), back row, center right, seen with Sherman Oaks Little Leaguers and former Dodger Ron Cey on March 10. (Photo courtesy Berman for Congress)

It’s the first day of little league season; do you know where your local congressman is?

If he’s running for reelection in California’s 30th district, he spent part of March 10 on the ball field. Howard Berman (D - Van Nuys) and Brad Sherman (D - Sherman Oaks) both made appearances at different little league openers on Saturday morning.

The two Jewish incumbents got early starts on Sunday morning, too, both attending the final event on Israeli President Shimon Peres’ Los Angeles itinerary, a gathering of (mostly) Latino elected officials, religious leaders and other prominent and pretty people.

At that event—a much more formal affair at the Beverly Hilton—Sherman estimated he’d been to about 40 or 50 little league openers. He told the L.A. Times the day before that he had “learned not to throw out the first pitch.”

Word from the Berman campaign is that the 70-year-old congressman may have seen some action on (or near) the mound on Saturday morning, but the pictures they shared with the B-v-S blog showed Berman with a microphone in his hand, not a Rawlings.

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