US Congress baseball game brings unity after shooting of Republican Steve Scalise

Posted June 20, 2017

Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise remains in critical condition, but his vital signs have "stabilized" two days after being shot during a congressional baseball practice on Wednesday, hospital officials announced Friday.

Cedric Richmond, the Democrats' star pitcher, a congressman from Louisiana, said his last stop before arriving at the stadium on Thursday would be a visit to MedStar Washington, where Scalise is being treated.

"When tragedy strikes we are family", said Rep. Nanette Barragan of California, who plays on the Democratic baseball team and invited all to attend the congressional charity baseball game Thursday night at Nationals Park. The third ranking member of the House Republican leadership, Scalise had been an avid player since his election to Congress in 2008. The crowd chanted "USA!"

A huge ovation came from the crowd, which swelled to a record 24,959, when Special Agent David Bailey, one of the Capitol Police officers injured in the attack on Republicans at their practice in Virginia on Wednesday, threw out the first pitch.

"The game will go on, D's v. R's, as it has for nearly a century", Huffman said.

Shannon Davis also said that it would be "terrifying" to think about what would have happened if Scalise's security detail had not been there and hailed the Capitol Police officers as "heroes".

The shooting at a republican congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia is hitting a southern IL congressman hard.

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Keeping the game going has become an important statement for lawmakers - an emotional declaration that such attacks and threats of violence won't force them to hide or change their routines.

The annual Congressional Baseball Game pits Republicans against Democrats, but this year the focus has turned to showing unity in the wake of the shooting.

The Republican team's manager, Rep. Joe Barton, R-Tex., was looking forward to a spirited game Thursday, according to Roll Call, which also sponsors the game. Several people stooped and kneeled down to write well wishes to the wounded. "From everything we've known in our interactions with him, he never tipped off and gave any indication that he was violent in any way".

The doctors said that while Scalise remains in critical condition, they "are encouraged by improvement in his condition". When I talk to lawmakers who are on the teams, both the Democratic team and the Republican team yesterday, they talk about it as being one of the highlights of their year.

Trump added, "We pray for all of the victims of this awful crime who are still recovering, including Zachary Barth and Matt Mika, both of whom are respected and cherished by so many".

"Tonight we're all Team Scalise", Pelosi said. He was hit in the left hip, suffering injuries to internal organs, broken bones and severe bleeding, in Wednesday's shooting.

The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington and the Washington Literary Center are the game'€™s other beneficiaries. Thompson offered his appreciation for the bravery of the U.S. Capitol Police. Republicans have won 39, and they tied once. Republicans and Democrats play one another in annual event, which raises funds for charity.