Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Dems Win Congressional Baseball Game, Give Trophy to Republican Steve Scalise

Dems Win Congressional Baseball Game, Give Trophy to Republican Steve Scalise

The man who opened fire on Republicans practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game Wednesday morning had a list of names on him at the time, a source confirmed to WTOP. The bullet traveled toward his other hip, causing serious damage to bones, internal organs and blood vessels.

Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise remains in critical condition, but his vital signs have "stabilized" two days after being shot during a congressional baseball practice on Wednesday, hospital officials announced Friday.

"Rep. Scalise is a proud LSU alumnus and great supporter of the university, and we are proud to help out even in this small way", said LSU President F. King Alexander.

Sava declined to put a timeline on when that would happen or when Scalise, 51, would be able to leave the hospital. Now, Sava said he feels "a lot more confident and a lot more optimistic" about the outcome of Scalise's treatment.

Hospital officials said it is hard to predict how long the congressman will be in the hospital, but that he is expected to be able to walk and hopefully run after a period of rehabilitation.

Representatives for MedStar Washington Hospital Center and Scalise offered no updates on his condition on Thursday morning.

GOP Representative Steven Scalise was one of the people shot. A lobbyist, a congressional aide, and two Capitol Police officers were also injured in the shooting. He also remains in critical condition Thursday following surgery. The team doesn't plan on removing them all soon: The Congressman has already undergone multiple surgeries in the last 36 hours.

Hodgkinson, who had lashed out on social media against Trump and Republicans, was shot and killed by police officers including members of Scalise's security detail who responded.

The game, a charity match between teams of Democrats and Republicans played almost every year since 1909, usually draws about 10,000.

Rep. Cedric Richmond of Louisiana was the Democrats' star pitcher, and a close friend of Scalise's.

"This game is always an important moment for both parties to come together to support charity, build friendships, and celebrate our national pastime", he said.

Sava was reluctant to predict whether Scalise would make a full recovery, but offered there was a good chance he would walk and run again.

The old rule "there is no crying in baseball" was not in effect Thursday night in Washington at the annual Congressional Baseball Game.

"The comments made by my Republican colleagues are outrageous, beneath the dignity of the job that they hold, beneath the dignity of the respect that we would like Congress to command". Fellow Special Agent David Bailey was not shot but was treated and released after suffering an injury during the incident.

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