Dems win annual baseball game with special meaning
- The Democrats returned the victory trophy to the Republicans, who placed it in the office of Rep. Steve Scalise. A total of more than $1 million has been raised for the Congressional Sports for Charity initiative.
Democratic members of Congress defeated Republican members of Congress 11-2 in the 2017 Congressional Baseball Game, an annual ritual that has gained increased significance in the light of the massacre in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday. Members of Congress walked the field at Nationals Park in Washington on Thursday evening, one day after a shooter opened fire at a Republican congressional baseball practice, fatally killing House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and three other members of Congress.
A spike in interest in this year’s charity baseball game has risen as a result of the shooting, as employees and legislators seek to rally around Scalise and the three others who were shot: an employee of the House Judiciary Committee, an employee of a lobbying firm, and a Capitol Police special agent.
Mike Doyle was presented with the victory trophy at the conclusion of the game, he invited Republican manager Texas Rep.
- Doyle returned the victory trophy to the Republicans, who will display it in Scalise’s office until the next election.
- This year, more than $1 million has been raised for the Congressional Sports for Charity program.
- On CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront,” House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi both stated that they were both on “Team Scalise,” despite their differences in political party allegiance.
- President Donald Trump sent a video message before the game, praising Scalise, who was still in serious condition on Thursday after undergoing numerous operations, in particular.
- Instead of wearing caps representing their respective home teams, as is customary, players on both teams donned hats symbolizing Louisiana State University in honor of Scalise, a Republican from Louisiana, during a portion of the game.
- Jeff Flake of Arizona, who was at Wednesday’s practice and provided medical assistance after the shooting.
- In Flake’s opinion, “I hope he’s in good enough form to watch, because he’ll definitely feel good about what he sees.” “I was in the hospital with him last night, and I’m hoping he’s doing better this morning.
- Cedric Richmond of Louisiana was the standout pitcher for the Democrats, and he also happens to be a personal friend of Scalise’s.
“I’ll miss the back and forth banter with him, but I’m sure there are some substitutes over there I can go pick a fight with,” Richmond said in a statement to reporters. “It’s going to be a different game without him here,” says the coach.
However, Flake stated that the final score was unlikely to be significant this year. “As far as winning and losing are concerned, I don’t believe that’s on anyone’s mind right now,” he remarked.
GOP ekes out win in return of Congressional Baseball Game
In the annual Congressional Baseball Game on Wednesday night, Republicans earned their third victory in 13 years by defeating Democrats 13-12 in a back-and-forth contest that featured a rare out of the park home run by Republican Ryan Ryan. After being postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak last year, the annual bipartisan event provided a welcome respite from an otherwise hectic week on Capitol Hill, where Democrats are attempting to enact a health care bill. Vice President Joe Biden Joe BidenAustin on the possibility of a Russian invasion of Ukraine: The player says, “I don’t believe it’s a bluff.” Energy for the Night Environment — The situation in Russia may exacerbate the rise in gas costs.
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- After a probable breach, a website that gathered millions of dollars for the ‘Freedom Convoy’ rallies has gone down.
- MORE (R-La.) told The Hill after the game that Rep.
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As Scalise pointed out, “Man, it was intense – it was pretty close the whole way through.” He went on to emphasize the significance of the nonpartisan tradition at Nationals Park, which was postponed until late September this year because to the epidemic.
But even if we have to return to work the next day, it’s good to be able to come here and participate in something like this where you can foster stronger connections.” When Scalise’s name was announced throughout the stadium, there was a roar of approval.
The event was referred to be a “harbinger of things to come.” Republicans have won the game twice in the last decade, in 2008 and 2016.
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Players such as Congressman Jimmy Panetta put up outstanding performances in the game.
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“I’m pumped up,” Representative Eric Swalwell said.
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‘I’m here to warm up,’ MORE (D-Calif.) remarked as he walked onto the field.
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Richmond and Shimkus both threw out the first pitch for the game.
President Barack Obama, however, arrived at Nationals Park in the second inning, when he was escorted to the field by Richmond, and visited both teams’ bullpens.
After the intermission, play resumed.
Barry Moore (R-Ala.) stated that the rookie class brought a lot of “new talent” to the table, which helped to the success of the Republican side.
The fact that I was able to come in as a freshman and get a victory gives me a great sense of accomplishment.
He went on to say that the game gave an opportunity for legislators to interact in a more collegial environment. I enjoyed the opportunity to play baseball and then shake the hands of Democratic leaders. “It’s not something we see a lot of on the floor,” Moore added.
Wins & Losses Through the Years
Before the 1960s, the Congressional Baseball Game was played irregularly, once a year, then twice a year, and in other years, it was never played at all. During the late 1930s and early 1940s, Democrats and Republicans banded together to take on the press corps and win the election. Since 1962, the game has been played on a yearly basis.
|1909||American League Park||26–16||Democrats|
|1911||American League Park||12–9||Democrats|
|1912||American League Park||21–20||Democrats|
|1913||American League Park||29–4 2||Democrats|
|1914||American League Park||Democrats|
|1915||American League Park||Democrats|
|1916||American League Park||18–13||Republicans|
|1917||American League Park||22–21||Democrats|
|1918||American League Park||9–5||Republicans|
|1919||American League Park||Republicans|
|1926||American League Park||12–9||Democrats|
|1932 4||Griffith Stadium||19–5 5||Republicans|
|1935||Members vs. The Press|
|1937||Members vs. The Press|
|1938||Members vs. The Press|
|1939||Members vs. The Press|
|1941||Members vs. The Press|
|1965||D.C. Stadium||3–1(Roll Calltrophy win) 6||Republicans|
|1968||D.C. Stadium||16–1(Roll Calltrophy win)||Republicans|
|1971||RFK Stadium||7–3 (Roll Calltrophy win)||Republicans|
|1974||Memorial Stadium||7–4(Roll Calltrophy win)||Republicans|
|1977||Langley High School,McLean, VA (2 rain outs force the game to the alternative field)||7–6||Republicans|
|1978||Four Mile Run Park||4–3||Republicans|
|1979||Four Mile Run Park||7–3(Roll Calltrophy win)||Democrats|
|1980||Four Mile Run Park||21–9||Democrats|
|1981||Four Mile Run Park||6–4||Republicans|
|1982||Four Mile Run Park||7–5||Democrats|
|1983||Four Mile Run Park||17–17||Tied after 9 innings|
|1984||Four Mile Run Park||13–4||Republicans|
|1985||Four Mile Run Park||9–3(Roll Calltrophy win)||Republicans|
|1986||Four Mile Run Park||8–6||Democrats|
|1987||Four Mile Run Park||15–14||Democrats|
|1988||Four Mile Run Park||14–13||Republicans|
|1989||Four Mile Run Park||8–2||Republicans|
|1990||Four Mile Run Park||9–6||Republicans|
|1991||Four Mile Run Park||13–9||Democrats|
|1992||Four Mile Run Park||11–7||Republicans|
|1993||Four Mile Run Park||13–1||Democrats|
|1994||Four Mile Run Park||9–2(Roll Calltrophy win)||Democrats|
|1995||Prince George’s County Stadium||6–0||Republicans|
|1996||Prince George’s County Stadium||16–14||Democrats|
|1997||Prince George’s County Stadium||10–9||Republicans|
|1998||Prince George’s County Stadium||4–1(Roll Calltrophy win)||Republicans|
|1999||Prince George’s County Stadium||17–1||Republicans|
|2000||Prince George’s County Stadium||13–8||Democrats|
|2001||Prince George’s County Stadium||9–1||Republicans|
|2002||Prince George’s County Stadium||9–2 (Roll Calltrophy win)||Republicans|
|2003||Prince George’s County Stadium||5–3||Republicans|
|2004||Prince George’s County Stadium||14–7||Republicans|
|2005||RFK Stadium||19–10 (Roll Calltrophy win)||Republicans|
|2008||Nationals Park||11–10 (Roll Calltrophy win)||Republicans|
|2011||Nationals Park||8–2(Roll Calltrophy win)||Democrats|
|2014||Nationals Park||16–6 (Roll Calltrophy win)||Democrats|
|2018||Nationals Park||21–5 (Roll Calltrophy win)||Democrats|
Five people shot, including Republican congressman, at baseball practice
When a shooter entered Eugene Simpson Park baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, on June 14, 2017, he opened fire on lawmakers, injuring House GOP WhipSteve Scalise of Louisiana and four other people. The members of Congress had been training for the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity when the incident occurred. James Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old man, stopped a passing congressman, South Carolina’s Jeff Duncan, and inquired whether Republicans or Democrats were on the field practicing.
- When he obtained confirmation that the Republican legislators were in fact cooperating, Hodgkinson unleashed a barrage of 60 bullets into the ranks of the unwitting elected representatives.
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- Unfortunately, Hodgkinson’s devastation had already been accomplished.
- In a white van—he was living out of it at the time—he had arrived to the field, armed with his lawfully acquired weapon and a list of six conservative members of Congress, who he presumed to be his intended targets.
- The game has been played yearly since 1909, and this year’s total of 24,959 tickets sold set a new record for the game.
- Scalise, who was wounded in the hip, was in serious condition after the incident.
- Capitol Police Special Agent Crystal Griner, lobbyists Matt Mika and Zack Barth, and a staffer for Rep.
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At emotional Congressional Baseball Game, Texans take the field
Photograph courtesy of Reuters/Joshua Roberts WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of State has issued a statement saying that Congressional Democrats defeated their Republican counterparts early in the annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park, which was held on a melancholy note. Democrats won the prized Roll Call Trophy after seven innings, due to an 11-2 victory against the Republicans. Five members of Congress from Texas took part in the game, which has been a fixture on Capitol Hill since 1909.
- On Wednesday, an assailant opened fire during the Republican Party’s final practice of the season, wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and many others, including an assistant to U.S.
- Roger Williams, R-Austin, in the process.
- House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
- The tragedy cast a gloomy shadow over the first few minutes of the game, but once the action got underway, neither team showed any compassion.
- Representative Mike Conaway (R-Midland, Texas) played first base later in the game and contributed to the victory.
- The Texans did not record any significant hits, although Brady and Veasey both reached base via walks.
- A former outstanding baseball player at Texas Christian University, Williams is now a member of the team’s coaching staff.
- Republicans ended the streak in 2016, and they had high expectations heading into Thursday night’s election.
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Republican Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) is assisted off the field by Louisiana Democrat Rep. Cedric Richmond (right) and Ohio Republican Rep. Brad Wenstrup, who are both members of the House of Representatives. | Photograph by Alex Edelman/Getty Images A hallmark of the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity is believed to be sportsmanship, which is intended to bring Democrats and Republicans together away from the Capitol. However, it was the tragedy that surrounded the occasion last year that brought the two parties together.
- Steve Scalise (R-La.) would survive or die when a shooter opened fire on the Republican Party’s pre-game practice on June 14, 2017.
- As one of five persons injured at the practice in Alexandria, Virginia, the congressman required a number of operations in the weeks that followed.
- Several members of the U.S.
- It was the same position he was playing when he was injured the previous year.
- Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.) in the first inning provided Scalise with an early opportunity to warm up, and he was met with a round of high-fives and cheers as he departed the field.
- The manager of the Democratic team, Rep.
- However, if this year is anything like the previous year, the spirit of camaraderie may not linger for long at all.
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- Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) remarked following the incident, “It speaks everything about my colleagues that they would take advantage of a tragedy involving one of our members to come up the next day with one of these legislation.” When the shooter opened fire on the practice field, Rep.
- Even after a year and multiple mass shootings — including the February massacre that killed 14 students and three faculty members at a Florida high school — Congress has unable to reach an agreement on gun legislation.
- When President Donald Trump visited with students and faculty from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School following the massacre, he urged that teachers be armed in order to boost school safety.
- Immigrants’ rights and the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy against families fleeing to the United States across the Mexican border have placed the two major political parties against one another in a bitter confrontation in recent days.
- Over $1.5 million was raised by the annual game, which raises money for a variety of charities.
- On Thursday night, the Democrats won the seven-inning match 21-5, claiming victory for the second year in a row.
Both teams gathered in a line to shake hands and express their happiness, and then stayed for picture opportunities. The issue of whether the spirit of collaboration and goodwill will continue was left until the next day’s work.
Congressman Steve Scalise Gravely Wounded in Alexandria Baseball Field Ambush (Published 2017)
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia – As members of the Republican congressional baseball team practiced at a practice field in this Washington suburb on Wednesday, a lone gunman, believed to be upset about President Trump’s election, opened fire with a rifle, injuring four people including Steve Scalise, the House majority whip. According to Mr. Trump, who delivered a broadcast statement from the White House, the “very, very horrible assault” was denounced and that the gunman was killed following a battle with police.
- Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Ill., a suburb of St.
- As a result of the exchange of fire with the gunman, two members of Mr.
- The shooting took place during what legislators described as several frantic and terror-filled minutes that transformed the baseball practice into an early-morning nightmare.
- Republicans and Democrats were both shocked and grieved as a result of the tragedy.
- Ryan stated, “Despite all of the noise and all of the rage, we are one family.” witnesses said that Mr.
- The firing continued, according to witnesses, and Mr.
- His injuries were severe, and he was in critical condition as of Wednesday night, according to a statement from MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
Doctors performed surgery right away, however the hospital stated that extra surgery is necessary.
For around 15 minutes, the president met privately with Mr.
Before returning to the White House, Obama stopped for a brief talk with Capitol Police personnel stationed there.
Steve Scalise, one of the most wonderful people on the planet, is in extremely bad position – but he is a fighter to the end.” — “Please pray for Steve!” Image Credit.
Local cops arrived at the Alexandria ball field minutes after receiving frantic cries for assistance, including calls from individuals who were still trapped at the field, according to officials.
Tim Slater, special agent in charge of the bureau’s Washington field office, stated that detectives were “exploring all options” but that he was unable to provide any further information on a possible reason for the attack.
Hodgkinson possessed a handgun and a rifle, both of which he purchased in March.
Bishop described it, the gunman seemed to be firing a succession of two rounds at a time, a weapons technique known as “double-tapping,” which resulted in bullets striking the ground and kicking up the gravel on a baseball field.
According to the congressman, “I informed him that they were Republicans.” “He turned back and replied, ‘Okay, thanks,’ before walking away.” As the nation’s capital began its workday, the shooting took everyone by surprise.
After a short break, Mr.
“We do not lose our humanity when we enter this room,” Mr.
Because of the enormity of the incident, House leaders postponed the day’s votes, and President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence both canceled public appearances for the day.
Hodgkinson appeared to be a vociferous opponent of President Donald Trump.
Hodgkinson had come to Washington in recent weeks to protest.
Hodgkinson said in an interview immediately after learning of the death on Wednesday afternoon.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Mr.
The Vermont senator’s Facebook page, which contained references to Senator Bernie Sanders, revealed that Mr.
A profile photo for James Hodgkinson on LinkedIn featured Mr.
Sanders’s iconic hair and glasses were featured on the website.
Sanders’ presidential campaign, according to Mr.
He expressed his “hopes and prayers” for the those who were killed in the tragedy.
Sanders expressed his displeasure with the incident.
Violent behavior of any type is abhorrent in our culture, and I strongly condemn this conduct in the harshest terms imaginable.
Several other people were killed, including a former member of Congress who was shot in the leg by a bullet.
Two of those who were injured were Capitol Police officers who were assigned to defend Mr.
Crystal Griner and David Bailey, both 32 years old, were recognized by authorities as the two cops.
Griner also sustained other minor injuries, according to authorities, who said Mr.
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During a press conference on Wednesday evening, Mr.
Members of the baseball team began gathering at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park early Wednesday morning, which is conveniently located near a neighborhood dog park, the local Y.M.C.A., a coffee shop, and a grocery store.
By 7:09 a.m., when the first shots were fired, several dozen politicians, members of their staffs, and a few of others had been practicing hitting, throwing, and catching for more than a half-hour.
Then there was complete chaos.
Marty Lavor, a photojournalist located in Alexandria and a former member of the House of Representatives’ staff, fell on top of a politician while someone yelled, “Stay down, stay down.” “Move closer to the brick wall!” Mr.
Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, who was standing along the first-base sideline, crouched near the ground and then assisted Representative Mo Brooks of Alabama in treating Mr.
In order to assist stop the bleeding, Mr.
“It felt like it went on forever,” Mr.
Several members of Congress claimed they seen him fall to the ground and then attempt to drag himself toward the dugout with his hands.
Scalise stayed on the field while the hail of bullets continued to rain down on him, according to several members who claimed they were obliged to wait until the gunfire stopped before reaching him.
According to Mr.
However, it is currently unclear whether Mr.
A combat scenario, according to Alexandria Police Chief Michael L.
Upon reaching Mr.
Flake and Mr.
Scalise’s bullet wound to help it heal faster.
Scalise, according to him, never lost consciousness.
David Miller, 50, was finishing up his coffee when he heard the “pop, pop.” He immediately ran to the kitchen.
In order to get them to come into the building, he began yelling at them.
Five or six people entered the building, including at least two people wearing baseball uniforms and one person wielding a baseball bat. ‘They were untidy,’ Mr. Miller described them as being, “emotionally rattled, and coated in filth.”
At Congressional Baseball Game, a Different Type of Victory on Display (Published 2017)
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of State has issued a statement saying that They had finished clearing the field and cleaning up the bleachers at Nationals Park late Thursday night, and they were now shutting out the lights in the stadium. Representative Barry Loudermilk, a Republican from Georgia’s 11th congressional district, stayed above the center field bleachers during the game. He had just finished a baseball game in which he had lost to the Democrats by nine runs. He couldn’t care less.
- “We have a pretty wonderful group of people,” he remarked.
- It was not a cliché associated with baseball players.
- The Republicans were without their second baseman, Steve Scalise, who was wounded in a gunman’s attack on their practice in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday morning.
- When the rampage began, Loudermilk had only just finished putting on his batting helmet.
- They were all really fatigued.
- Fortunately, just the shooter has been killed thus far.
- It seemed as though some miracles were taking place on that field.” A total of three more people were shot during the incident, and Capitol Police Officer David Bailey was injured.
To Torre, “you’re a hero,” he told him as he was on the mound.
“He just stares you straight in the eyes.
That it might have turned into a tragic catastrophe if those police officers hadn’t intervened was mind-boggling, and it was a rollercoaster of emotions to go through.” When Torre coached the Yankees in the 2001 World Series, President George W.
Baseball can be therapeutic, according to Torre, who made the decision to come down for the game on Wednesday night.
The fact that you were on one side or the other did not matter.
“Everyone sort of linked arms and realized that we needed to stick together if we were going to be successful.” Unity, empathy, and understanding are all being talked about again, which is a positive sign.
A game was to be played, a tradition to honor, and a tie to be broken were all on the agenda for Thursday.
Republicans were falling under the weight of Representative Cedric L.
Richmond, a Louisiana Democrat, finished three for four with a triple and pitched a full game.
Jeff Duncan, a Republican from South Carolina, in response to the accusation.
When he throws his curveball, everything slows down and he walks across to the other side.
Because I did not face him tonight, I am able to say that.
There were only two female players on the roster: Sanchez and Barrágan.
Al Drago/The New York Times image used with permission.
It’s possible that the most noticeable thing was the crowd.
Democrats had allocated seats on the third base side, while Republicans had reserved seating on the first base side — the left and right sides of the stadium, of course — but there was plenty of mixing and mingling throughout the park.
It’s because of the solidarity we’re demonstrating in the House, and it’s also because law enforcement is the charity that the money raised today will be donated to, according to the Speaker.
Other players donned outfits from teams in their home states, such as the Hartford Yard Goats, the New Orleans Baby Cakes, and so on.
According to Duncan, “I played second base tonight, which happened to be Steve Scalise’s position.” “I stood at his side.
And that was really difficult for me.
It was never far from my thoughts as I sprinted out to the field: “Wait a minute, I’m not supposed to be playing second base; I’m meant to be playing shortstop.” It was only a little reprieve, like every baseball game, a competition with a clear and unambiguous outcome, and it was over in a flash.
Beyond the confines of a major league baseball stadium, the world is a more difficult place.
As Loudermilk explained, “you close your eyes and just recall rushing off the field, or you see somebody laying there.” This is all part of the trauma that I’ve been through.” We, on the other hand, wanted to be here. “We wanted to play the sport that America loves.”
Congressional baseball game takes on greater meaning after shooting
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of State has issued a statement saying that After a shooting rampage left a colleague battling for his life the day before, Republicans and Democrats met on the field for their annual charity baseball game on Thursday. Politics was put on hold for a few hours of intense play. As organizers and attendees explained, this year’s Congressional Baseball Game for Charity was an opportunity to demonstrate to the nation that more unites Americans of both parties than divides them, and that the event could not be shut down by a lone gunman.
- While walking into Nationals Park for the game, Emily Cleveland of Danville, Illinois, expressed her displeasure with the situation.
- “The fact that they’re still having it makes a strong signal, in my opinion.
- Making the decision to go ahead and do it anyhow is a really American tradition.” When a gunman opened fire on the Republican baseball team’s practice on a suburban Virginia field on Wednesday, he critically wounded Louisiana Rep.
- Scalise, the third-most influential Republican in the House, was wounded in the hip and was sent to Medstar Washington Hospital Center, where he was listed in serious condition on Thursday.
When asked about Scalise during a jobs event at the White House on Thursday, President Trump said he was “in some difficulties,” adding that the Republican was a “great warrior.” During the game, which the Democrats won 11-2, lawmakers donned Louisiana State University ball hats in Scalise’s honor to show their support.
- Just before the game, Democratic and Republican players joined hands in prayer near second base, where Scalise would have been on the field.
- USA!” throughout the event.
- President Trump issued a filmed speech in which he stated that participating in the game this year is proof that “We will not be frightened by threats, acts of violence, or assaults on our democratic institutions and institutions.
- Prior to the incident, two members of Congress who were leaving practice when they saw Hodgkinson stated that they believe he was targeting Republicans.
- As a result, according to a person familiar with the conversation, the Nationals were forced to loan the Republican team catcher gear because their equipment was in evidence.
- The 16th of June, 2017 The tragedy only served to increase the number of fans who attended the game on Thursday evening.
- “Last year, we broke records with $500,000 raised for charity and 10,000 attendees, and this year, we’ve already raised more than $1 million in donations and sold more than 20,000 tickets” before the game.
- The final attendance figure posted on the scoreboard on Thursday was a new record: 24,959.
- “When I heard about the incident, I thought, ‘Wow, it would be wonderful to come today to show support for the congressman,'” he said.
During a break from eating a sausage and drinking a beer, the former Republican National Committee worker who now works for a telecom trade group in Arlington stated, “A lot of people in Washington want to make things better.” “You and I may differ on your objectives, but we’re better than that.
— both dressed in LSU gear — said the game served as a sign of togetherness for the country’s fractured congressional delegation.
“Team Scalise” tee shirts were worn by some attendees “Others brandished placards that read “Let’s Geaux!” while others chanted.
In addition, he stated that politicians ought to find more methods to get to know one another as individuals, rather than just as political adversaries.
“There aren’t nearly enough activities that help Republicans and Democrats create relationships with one another.
Since then, the game has been played almost every year, with only major events like as the Great Depression and World War II interrupting the schedule.
Richmond, the top pitcher for the Democrats, said he and Scalise are good friends who collaborate on many local matters.
Steve Scalise would be missed on the field, Richmond stated prior to the game and after seeing Scalise in the hospital.
However, Richmond vowed that the game would be extremely political.
“I know Steve wouldn’t have it any other way,” says the author.
Emma Kinery, Katherine Fitzgerald, and Deborah Barfield Berry all contributed to this article.
Before the annual Congressional Baseball Game, the Star-Spangled Banner is played. Republicans and Democrats headed to the field at Nationals Park for their annual charity baseball game to benefit the Nationals Foundation. More information may be found at: