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Game on: Tragedy won't stop congressional baseball game

Irune Rengel | 18 Junio, 2017, 22:14

The shooter who ambushed a congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning attacked one of the few friendly competitions left in today's polarized Washington.

The partisanship that has flared so bitterly in recent months melted away, according to House Democrat Joe Crowley, who was en route to his own team's practice that morning when he heard the news.

The harrowing rifle attack Wednesday as Republican legislators prepared for the Congressional Baseball Game won't stop a venerable bipartisan Capitol Hill tradition from going forward.

The answer is preparing for the Congressional Baseball Game, of course. "It's for charity. I hope the game does go on, and I hope it will show that we aren't a culture of violence".

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Many outside Washington might be surprised that the game is even played, given the rancor and discontent that seems to define the political arena.

-Thursday's game was to be the 57 time it was played. And it is not uncommon for members of Congress to get local protection back home, where local law enforcement can coordinate with Capitol police.

"Proceeds from tickets, sponsorships and donations will go to support the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, Washington Literacy Center, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and, in support of yesterday's shooting, the Capitol Police Memorial Fund", the event's organizers said on a CrowdRise donation page. The game has raised as much as $500,000 in the past.

The competition has been held nearly every year since its founding with a few exceptions. For a while, it was occurring biennially, and sometimes leaders complained it was getting in the way of legislative business.

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The Capitol Police budget is scrutinized annually by House and Senate appropriations subcommittees overseeing the legislative branch, and ultimately has to be approved by both chambers of Congress and signed by the president. He thought it had become "too physical". The Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call sponsors the game and awards a trophy once a side wins three of five games. That series was played 10 times; Republicans won eight of them.

The baseball tradition is said to have forged a friendship between Richmond and fellow Louisiana Rep. Scalise. Richmond, who played college baseball at Morehouse, had been dominant until last year's game. Before last year's game, where he gave up six runs in six innings, he was 5-0 with 45 strikeouts in just 27 innings work. Chuck Fleischman, R-Tenn., a player on the GOP team, told ABC News Wednesday after the shooting.

But despite the applause, hugs and pledges of camaraderie, "there is definitely a somber mood", observed GOP congressman Steve Pearce, who was at the Republican practice when his colleague was shot. The Republican was a former wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks.

-It won't be the first time the game was played after a tragedy, though nothing has touched the game this closely. "America is praying for you and America is praying for all of the victims of this bad shooting'".

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