Dems defeat GOP in baseball game, give trophy to Scalise

Congressional Baseball Game breaks records for fundraising ticket sales

We sent up some t-shirts and hats for all the legislators that will be playing in the baseball game today in Washington. Many on the Republican side were fresh from the horror of the ballfield shooting rampage a day earlier.

The Democrats won the game, 11-2.

Mr Scalise remains in a critical condition after undergoing several operations, though word came from the hospital during the game that he had improved. Because the bullet shattered, there may be hundreds of fragments in Scalise's body and doctors do not intend to try to remove them all, Sava said.

In that bad crime, the country also witnessed the incredible heroism of the Capitol Police, he said, adding that Special Agent Crystal Griner - who he also met during his visit to the hospital - raced into gunfire, along with Special Agent David Bailey.

Bailey was spotted Friday in the Capitol, on crutches and out of uniform, accepting congratulations from fellow officers.

Former Yankees manager Joe Torre walked toward the mound in what everyone suspected would be the ceremonial first pitch.

Bailey gave a good-natured shrug as the stadium applauded.

Most other players also wore LSU gear as a tribute to the Majority Whip, who has played on the congressional team for years and is known for his high spirits. "Let us always remember that our job is to serve and represent the whole American People - and that we are all children of the same God", Trump said.

Scalise remains in critical condition after he was gunned down at a congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning.

With 39 wins each for the Democratic and Republican teams and a tied game between them, the focus of Thursday evening's baseball game was supposed to be on who would finally break the partisan tie. But President Trump later added, "He's going to be OK".

The three words were delivered by President Donald Trump, who spoke to the record crowd of almost 25,000 spectators via video.

Trump says, "Steve is our friend, he's a patriot and he's a true fighter".

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 previous year, for charities, its organisers said.

The Louisiana Republican is recovering from "substantial damage" he suffered when a bullet pierced his left hip and traveled directly across to the other hip, Dr. Jack Sava of MedStar Washington Hospital Center said Friday.

James T. Hodgkinson, 66, allegedly opened fire on a Congressional baseball team as Republicans were practicing for an annual game to be played at Nationals Park Thursday.

"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. "ONE FAMILY", proclaimed a sign in the crowd. "We are all praying for those who are attacked and for their families", he said.

Before James Hodgkinson left his home in Belleville, Ill., in March, he sold almost everything he owned from his businesses. He sustained minor injuries to one of his wrists, elbows and lower back in the process.

The FBI said it was investigating the shooter's "activities and social media impressions in the months leading up to yesterday's incident".

Authorities also confirm Hodgkinson legally purchased a 9 mm handgun and an assault-style rifle from licensed firearms sellers. Four others were inured in the attack, which ended when the gunman was shot and killed by police at the scene.

Jack Barton, Rep. Joe Barton's 10-year-old son, who hid under a auto to avoid bullets during the shootout, was seen running into the field to pick up foul balls.

So far, investigators have not linked Hodgkinson to any radical groups, said a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.



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