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.
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Here are some scenes from Thursday’s event: