Washington tunes in for Congressional Baseball Game
- Author: Annette Adams Jun 29, 2017,
Jun 29, 2017, 7:23
Thus far in the history of the annual Congressional bipartisan baseball game for charity that pits Republicans vs. Democrats, the Republicans have won 39 games and the Democrats have won 39, making this years game a tiebreaker.
On Thursday night, after the latest surgery, the hospital announced that Scalise had "improved in the last 24 hours".
President Donald Trump issued a video statement before the game and said, "By playing tonight, you are showing the world that we will not be intimidated by threats, acts of violence, or assaults on our democracy". Trump sat by Scalise's bedside and met with his wife Jennifer, as well as Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner, who was also wounded in the attack, and her wife.
Sava said Friday that there are hundreds of bullet fragments in Scalise's body, but "we have no intention to try and remove all the bullet fragments at this point". They went head to head at Nationals Park, all for charity.
The firearms recovered from the alleged attacker in Wednesday's shooting at a Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field that left House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and several others injured were purchased legally, according to multiple law enforcement sources.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., paid a visit to his injured colleague at the hospital Friday. "Ladies and gentlemen, let's play ball".
Bailey received a hero's welcome from a record crowd of almost 25,000 at Thursday's game when he threw out the first pitch, and Barth also showed up for the game, walking with crutches. "I'm prayerful he will pull through, and I hope he does", he said.
Rep. Roger Williams of Texas, taken away in a stretcher with an injured ankle from the chaos in Virginia, hobbled around the third-base box Thursday night, coaching the GOP team as planned, with his crutches set aside.
Two GOP fan thought that winning the game should be easy compared to winning both branches of Congress and the White House in the 2016 elections.
President Trump delivered brief remarks before the game calling for unity and noting that the entire nation was praying for Scalise.
Lucee Laursen of La Crosse, Wisconsin, interning in the capital for a nonprofit, said, "It's showing that we might have differences in political spheres but we come together for a good cause".
Mark Sanford, R, SC said, "I think as much as anything, today is an act of solidarity of Republicans and Democrats coming together to say what happened yesterday is not going to cancel this game".
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that on Thursday night, everyone will be "Team Scalise".
The proceeds from the $10 tickets will be donated to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Washington Literacy Center and National Dreams Foundation. The president offered prayers to the victims of this bad crime. The event raised more than than $1 million for local charities, double what it did the year before, spokeswoman Meredith Raimondi said.