Scenes from the Congressional Game

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Photo: @Nationals

By Michael Marzzacco

In front of a crowd of 24,959 the Republican and Democrat congressmen squared off in the annual congressional game at Nationals Park. The Democrats would edge the Republicans 11-2 but this game wasn’t about the scoreboard. It was about both parties coming together just a day after five republicans were injured in a shooting in Alexandria. The most notable was House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. After the Democrats accepted the trophy, in a kind gesture, they handed the trophy over to the Republicans in honor of Scalise.

The annual charity game is a tradition that began in 1909. As of 11:30 p.m. Thursday night, they have raised $1.5 million towards the organizations such as the Washington Literacy Center, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington and the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation. In addition, a portion of the proceeds went toward the Capitol Police.

In an incredible pregame scene the hero that stopped the shooter, officer David Bailey, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Here are some scenes from Thursday’s event:

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