Washington tunes in for Congressional Baseball Game
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Jun 20, 2017,
Jun 20, 2017, 0:09
Dr. Jack Sava of MedStar Washington Hospital Center says "an excellent recovery is a good possibility", but says Scalise faces additional surgeries, a long hospital stay and rehabilitation.
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) was shot in the hip Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, VA.
The annual charity game brings Republicans and Democrats to the field in a friendly rivalry. The crowd chanted "USA!"
Former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre presented the game ball to Capitol Police special agent David Bailey, who came out on the field on crutches after being injured in Wednesday's shooting, to throw out the first pitch to huge applause.
Organizers chose to go on with the game on Wednesday, hours after the shooting.
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 distraught wife of the USA man who shot a Republican congressman and four others at a baseball field told media "I can't believe he did this".
Democrats and Republicans huddle for a prayer before the game.
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Congress is a contentious place, and the battles between Republicans and Democrats have never been more fierce than in the eight years under President Barack Obama and the early days of Trump's presidency. Several people stooped and kneeled down to write well wishes to the wounded.
"It's been much more hard than people even thought at the time", Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday, adding he also visited the wounded Capitol Police officer at the hospital.
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". A congressional staffer, Zach Barth, was shot in the leg; he was released from the hospital Wednesday afternoon, the Post reports. "He remains in critical condition but has improved in the last 24 hours", the hospital said in a statement.
Republicans and Democrats sat in different parts of the park - fans could state their party preference when buying tickets.
"This is just a continued reminder of how close we are and how close we have to continue to be, because at the end of the day there are 4 million people relying on us to get stuff done", said Louisiana Congressman Cedric Richmond.
"He's in some trouble", Trump said during a jobs event at the White House, calling Scalise a "great fighter" and "he's going to be OK, I hope".
Colleagues said Scalise, who had been fielding balls at second base, dragged himself away from the infield, leaving a trail of blood before they rushed to his assistance.
Democrats bounced back from a loss a year ago, when the game was played the night after they held an all-night session on the House floor to protest Republican inaction on gun legislation.
Thursday's match-up represents a tie-breaker in the series.