Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Democrats beat Republicans on ballfield, raise $1M for charity

Owen Mccarthy | 17 June, 2017, 11:24

Colleagues who visited Scalise, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, sounded generally upbeat, but spoke more in terms of hopes than the confident predictions of the immediate aftermath a day earlier.

Trump made his comments as Scalise remained in critical condition at MedStar Washington Hospital Center following multiple surgeries.

A few months later, he pointed a military-style rifle at a suburban Washington baseball diamond and opened fire, leaving House Republican Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana in critical condition and injuring four others before he was killed by Capitol police.

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. And there was a moment of silence for the victims of Wednesday's shootings.

When the members of the Republican team were announced at Nationals Park, mention of Mr Scalise's name drew a standing ovation from the areas designated for Republican, Democrat and nonpartisan fans alike. The Democratic side won in a blowout, but the game was played in Scalise's honor with lawmakers of both parties dressed in purple in recognition of Scalise's Louisiana State University affiliation.

"It's my job to be pessimistic, so if you accuse me of being optimistic, I feel bad about that", Sava said.

More than 20,000 tickets had been sold for the game and it was on track to raise more than $1m, roughly double what it did past year, for charities, its organisers said.

There were 24,959 tickets sold, which was a record for the game that was first played in 1909.

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"They saved a lot of lives", the president said.

Witnesses said the shooting would have been a "massacre" if not for the Capitol Police officers on duty as part of Scalise's security detail and the gunfight that ensued as local law enforcement arrived.

C-SPAN provided coverage, and additional national television, radio and other media outlets tuned in.

"Tonight we're all team Scalise", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said.

"It seems like you are going to have every camera in the country there, even internationally", said Republican starting pitcher Mark Walker of North Carolina. "I've had threats and most members I know have had threats". "How dare they say such a thing!"

The vicious and horrific attack we saw Wednesday in Alexandria at the Republican team's practice was nothing short of a direct assault on the institution we all serve and a deranged attempt to disrupt our democracy through violence.

"The competition is still there, but the energy around the game has just exploded", said Walker. "America salutes both of their courage", Trump said.

"I'll miss the banter with him back and forth", Richmond said of the heckling they usually exchange from opposing dugouts.

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