As Louisiana Republican Rep. Steve Scalise lay in a Washington DC area hospital Thursday night, his colleagues did what America does so well we rebound. We get back up when knocked down, we fight when we have to we rally around those who have fallen in the hopes that taking one more step forward will be the step that wins.
Last night politics were pushed to the side as members of Congress played in the annual Congressional Baseball Game. This years game was different, while it is meant to be fun and raise money for local Washington DC charitable organizations it took on so much more meaning.
One day removed from the shooting rampage that rocked an Arlington VA baseball field; one day after seeing their colleagues running for their lives; one day after they saw fellow co-works shot down in cold blood, America Stood Up.
“By playing tonight we are showing the world that we will not be intimidated by threats, acts of violence or assaults on our democracy,” said President Donald Trump, appearing on the park’s giant screen but not attending. “The game will go on.”
The game, which was first played 1909 and is a springtime tradition on Capitol Hill, a rare example of bipartisanship in an increasingly divided Washington. Once a relatively cozy affair, played at a minor league ballpark in Maryland, the game has gone big time in recent years and has been played at Nationals Park, just a few blocks from the Capitol.
The charities are the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, Washington Literacy Center, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and, after Wednesday’s shooting, the Capitol Police Memorial Fund.
One of the nights biggest surprises and loudest ovations came when Agent David Baily, one of the Capitol Police Officers injured in the senseless attack threw out the first pitch.
Republican and Democratic congressmen and women ring the infield for a moment of silence to honor those struck in Wednesday’s shooting
The game as it should have been played on ina century-old bipartisan ritual, this one tinged with worry about Louisiana Republican Rep. Steve Scalise and their determination to answer the attack by coming together in sport. Democrats won in an 11-2 blowout.
In the history of the contest, Republicans and Democrats each have won 39 games, with one tie.