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Berman, Sherman court Little League (parents) vote

March 10, 2012 |  3:03 pm

Don’t look now, but the national pastime has just become fodder for one of the hottest political contests in town — the race between Democratic Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman for a San Fernando Valley congressional seat.

Both candidates made appearances at separate Little League opening day ceremonies Saturday morning.

First up was Sherman, who rose early to help the Sunrise Little League celebrate the start of its season  in Woodland Hills.

A couple of hours later, Berman joined former Dodger great Ron Cey  in Sherman Oaks, where the Sherman Oaks Little League was kicking off its season and celebrating its 60th year.  The 70-year-old Berman was scheduled to throw out the  ceremonial first pitch.

A spokesman for Sherman, 57,  told The Times earlier in the week the congressman  planned to make a brief speech and present the league with a flag that had flown over the Capitol.  But Sherman said he wouldn’t be partaking  of the first-pitch ritual.

“I’ve learned not to throw out the first pitch,” Sherman said, displaying his self-deprecating sense of humor. “No good can happen from that.”

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