Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Congressional shooting won't stop annual baseball game

Republicans and Democrats alike vowed to play an annual charity baseball game Thursday, after Rep. Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) and four other people were shot by a gunman from IL on Wednesday.

Rep. Scalise was critically injured and remains in critical condition. Bailey was treated and released, and Griner was in good condition. When it was announced to House members later Wednesday that the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity would go on as scheduled, a cheer erupted.

Two U.S. Capitol Police officers, Crystal Griner and David Bailey, who are members of Scalise's security team, also were wounded.

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On Facebook, the game will be streamed live through the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity's page, according to a game spokeswoman.

The game, which has been held at various locations through the years, is scheduled to be played this year at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. According to the game's website, no members of the MA congressional delegation are slated to participate. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. CT from Nationals Park in Washington.

The Republican team was practicing early Wednesday at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, when 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson opened fire with a high-powered assault rifle.

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In addition to showcasing former professional players who had become congressmen, the game has featured a number of high-profile politicans over the years, including Rick Sanorum and Rand Paul, both of whom mounted 2016 presidential campaigns. And I believe C-SPAN is going to televise the game. "The bipartisan event shows baseball's power to bring people together".

In the past the annual Congressional game has also been held at Prince George's Stadium in Bowie, Md., the Double-A home of the Bowie Baysox of the Eastern League and an affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.

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