Democrats defeated Republicans 11-2 in the 2017 Congressional Baseball Game, in an annual tradition that took place one day after a gunman opened fire at a GOP baseball practice, injuring five including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.).
At the end of the game when Democratic manager Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Doyle was presented the winning trophy, he called Republican manager Texas Rep. Joe Barton to join him. Doyle gave the winning trophy back to the Republicans to put in Scalise’s office.
Doyle handed the trophy back to the Republicans to put in Scalise’s office who remains in critical condition, but the hospital where he is being treated said he has improved over the past 24 hours.
Lawmakers took the field Thursday evening at Nationals Park in Washington where they stressed bipartisanship both on and off the field at the game.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said that every lawmaker had to “break bread” together, while House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said they “were all on team Scalise tonight.”
More than $1 million has been raised this year for Congressional Sports for Charity, a record for the game that was first played in 1909.
David Bailey, hero Capitol Police officer wounded in shooting, throws out first pitch at Congressional baseball gamepic.twitter.com/kLE2eKsRg7
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) June 15, 2017