Almost four years ago, John McCain came within a Sarah Palin of capturing the White House. But last week, the U.S. senator huddled with several of Silicon Valley’s most powerful CEOs and San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed to talk green technology, Obamacare, tax reform and ... sports. The meeting was part of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s semiannual trip to Washington, D.C., which features a parade of meetings with Capitol Hill’s influence makers. According to Jeff Janssen, one of the mayor’s policy advisors, McCain welcomed Reed, SVLG president Carl Guardino, Brocade CEO Mike Klayko and VP Jeff Rangel, Varian Medical Systems CEO Tim Guertin and Sunpower VP Jim Parker into his cramped office to talk shop. By the time the 45-minute conversation was complete, though, it seemed the takeaway was McCain might want to call ESPN when he decides to give his day job a rest. “You wouldn’t expect it, but the guy was naming off players and ‘Did you see the game last night?’’ Janssen says, adding that McCain was concerned about the elbow of S.F. Giants closer Brian Wilson—only because he roots for his home state Arizona Diamondbacks, a division rival of Los Gigantes. But while a third of the meeting was devoted to bats, balls and hockey, McCain did have time to address plenty of the Silicon Valley leaders’ concerns, as well as voice his displeasure with President Obama‘s handling of health-care reform. At one point in the meeting, McCain became “animated’ and compared the process to a runaround on the level of the Louisiana Purchase. McCain taking the opportunity to fire some fastballs at Obama? Yeah, we buy that.