U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise made the first, and most celebrated, play in Thursday’s congressional baseball game at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
Scalise, R-La., cleanly fielded a ground ball and retired the game’s first batter. He was back on the diamond exactly one year after he was wounded in an assassination attempt at a Republican team practice in Virginia. The effects of his injuries were evident as he struggled to reach for the ball and make a throw.
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Scalise’s colleagues briefly stopped the game to give him hugs and handshakes.
Sweet moment as Rep. Steve Scalise is mobbed by his teammates after snagging a grounder on the first pitch of tonight’s congressional baseball game.
A year ago, Scalise was among four people shot during a GOP practice for the annual charity contest. https://t.co/WbdZaWBTzP pic.twitter.com/ULAgVxSjHD
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Before the game, Scalise told reporters that being able to return to the field was “an incredible feeling.”
Scalise, 52, was one of four people wounded by a man who fired onto a field being used by the GOP squad. Scalise was critically injured in the attack. Capitol police killed the gunman at the scene.
The congressional game the next day turned into a bipartisan show of support for the victims and first responders.
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