Republicans, Democrats Play Ball for 'Team Scalise'


Scalise was shot Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, .

More than 20,000 tickets have been sold and more than $1 million raised for charities, including the Capitol Police Memorial Fund, which was added as a beneficiary after the shooting.

Injured Capitol Hill Police officer David Bailey throws.

Republican and Democrats faced off in the the Congressional Baseball Game Thursday night, but the spirit of bipartisanship was alive and well following the assassination attempt on some lawmakers. The Democrats emerged as 11-2 winners.

After accepting it gracefully, Mr Barton cracked: "Next year we won't be so nice". "ONE FAMILY", proclaimed a sign in the crowd. Jeff Flake was with Rep. Steve Scalise when he was shot, and has been checking in on him.

Trump visited Scalise's hospital just hours after the congressman was shot while practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game on Wednesday.

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

The president said that because of the "tremendous pain and suffering he's now enduring. our country will perhaps become closer, more unified".

But Democrats and Republicans recognized that what happened to Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, the third-ranking member in the House, could happen to anyone in public life.

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.

Those who witnessed the attack say a lone gunman armed with a rifle opened fire on the Republican lawmakers as they warmed up and took batting practice.

The friendly, but competitive, game is set to begin at 7 p.m.

Here's a look at some of the other moving tributes to Scalise and other scenes from Thursday night's game. "'I want you to know that you have the prayers not only of the entire city behind you, but of an entire nation, and frankly the entire world". "That was humbling in a way".

Williams, a Republican coach who injured his leg and ankle while diving for cover during the shooting, also said it was important to play ball as planned. He wore a purple boot.

His aide, Zack Barth, who was shot by the Virginia assailant, walked across the field on crutches. The House and Senate got back to normal business on Thursday. Many players, although wearing uniforms of various professional and college baseball teams within their states and districts, wore the purple caps of Louisiana State University in Scalise's honor.

After Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., was shot in 2011, we urged readers not to blame anyone but Jared Loughner, her deranged attacker, while deploring incendiary political rhetoric. That lasted until the end of the seven-inning game.

The congressional baseball match pits Republicans against Democrats. Still, the divide was good-natured, for once.

President Donald Trump, who visited Scalise in the hospital on Wednesday, sent a video message that played at the start of the game.

"A lot of times in politics we have divisions but it shouldn't come to violence", he said.

The bullet damaged blood vessels, bones, and internal organs, Sava said. Shimkus says the main problem is those on the extreme right and left want ideal agreement on their views, which goes against American democracy.

The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington and the Washington Literary Center are the game'€™s other beneficiaries. He said he hoped the game would help heal emotional wounds.