Record attendance at Congressional Baseball Game in wake of shooting
By Christen Smith
Members of the Republican and Democratic congressional baseball teams gather for a bipartisan prayer before the start of the congressional baseball game at Nationals Park on Thursday. (Photo: Getty Images)
Nearly 25,000 people filled Nationals Park in Washington D.C. Thursday to watch Republicans and Democrats duke it out for charity.
This time, however, the evening’s traditional bipartisan camaraderie carried more weight than usual as House Majority Whip and second baseman Rep. Steve Scalise lay recovering in a hospital bed five miles away.
“I played second base tonight, and that was Steve Scalise’s position,” Republican Rep. Jeff Duncan told the New York Times. “I backed him up. I actually practiced at shortstop all year, but moved over to second to play tonight. And that was tough for me. That was humbling, in a way. It was never off my mind when I ran out there: ‘Wait a minute, I’m not a second baseman, I’m supposed to be going to shortstop.’”
Staff at the Medstar Washington Hospital Center said Thursday evening the Louisiana Republican congressman remained in critical condition after undergoing a second surgery on the bullet lodged in his hip — the most serious of injuries sustained when a home inspector from Illinois shot up the Republican