DAVIS: There was a question yesterday of whether the game should go on tonight considering the events of the shooting, but members were unanimous that they believe that the game should go on, and that's exactly what Scalise would want to happen. Lawmakers, including many of those who were at the practice, praised the decision.
Williams, a Republican coach who injured his leg and ankle while diving for cover during the shooting, also said it was important to play ball as planned. "I've gotten texts from Cleo Fields to Wendy Vitter all expressing support.We don't have the luxury to be partisan because we need too much, and the people who rely on us need too much".
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.
Notably, Trump is absent from the game. Press secretary Sean Spicer said "there is not enough time to follow Secret Service protocols" to ensure Trump's safety, but the president visited Scalise in the hospital on Wednesday.More news: The GOP baseball shooting is the 154th mass shooting this year
From the stands, Vince Wetzel, a resident of Sacramento, California, who is visiting Washington and chose to take in the game, said, "It's just a good call to put aside political differences and just play some baseball".
The Democrats won the game, 11-2, but loaned the trophy to the Republicans until Scalise is better. "Steve, in his own way, may have brought some unity to our long-divided country", he said.
"Had a chance to talk to him about his priorities, had a chance to talk to him about his family, had a chance to talk to him about that fact that he was gonna be playing in this baseball game", Neal said.
"He's being missed", he added.
Scalise's wife, Jennifer, issued a statement saying she was thankful for the "incredible amount of prayers and warm wishes" the family has received since the shooting.
"I'll miss the banter with him back and forth, but I'm sure there's some substitutes over there I can go pick a fight with", Richmond told reporters.More news: Navy stops search for 7 missing sailors after bodies found
First, Democrats and Republicans gathered around second base to pray at the spot where Rep. Scalise was shot. A police officer who was wounded made the first pitch.
Crowds gathered outside waiting to get in, several members of Congress among them. "We're all praying for Steve". "It's just politically we are not the same", said Rep. Helena Moreno, D-Orleans. President Donald Trump sent a message of encouragement, which was shown on the stadium scoreboard prior to the game.
The baseball game has been a Washington tradition since 1909.
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