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Scalise is back on the baseball diamond, a year after the shooting
A year after an armed man opened fire on members of Congress, legislator to the field for its annual baseball game; ‘Fox & Friends’ host Steve Doocy reports from Nationals Park for ‘The story.’
Last year the Congressional baseball game was not, who was on the diamond.
This year’s game was to who.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., played second base in the Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, VA a little more than a year ago. This is a bullet from a 7.62 mm semi-automatic rifle on the move at almost 2500 meters per second, his pelvis shredded. The ammunition, minced meat, tissue, arteries and blood vessels, spray a lattice of bone fragments and splinters all over Scalise body.
The GOP whip almost died.
But this is baseball.
The only thing that is expected in baseball, the unexpected.
Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis have to shoot with a no-hitter while tripping on LSD. A game canceled because of rain flooded the old Houston Astrodome (the streets). A zombie tarpaulin machine devouring the leg of St. Louis Cardinals speedster Vince Coleman before a game in the 1985 National League Championship Series.
It is unexpected, it would be expected that Scalise, back on the field in a year, when the extent of his injuries. But this is baseball. And Scalise was willing to go Thursday night, the work for the annual Congressional baseball game, a year to the day after the shooting. The bipartisan crowd of 16,000 at Nats Park erupted in a standing ovation as Scalise to the field of led, adorned in a U.S. Capitol Police baseball cap.
Also on the diamond this week, two members of Scalise U.S. Capitol Police protective detail: Special ingredients Crystal Griner, and David Bailey. Both were injured in the past year, the short range, and are back to work. Support again this year with the baseball practices, lobbyist Matt Mika and House aide were Barth Zach. Mika and Barth also took balls a year ago.
Before the game, Griner and Bailey are the first places to Mika and Barth threw acts as a battery-mates, Griner still wear a protective boot on her left leg after getting the shot in the foot during the melee.
If Scalise back to work on Capitol Hill last November, he got a motorized scooter, to. The Louisiana Republican brackets, then graduated from the arm. Now he uses a brace to walk slowly to the Congress-complex. At the ball game, the duo of Bailey and Griner threw her arms around Scalise shoulders and slowly escorted their protectee from the first base dugout to start his position at second base in the game.
You can expect the unexpected.
Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Calif., led off for the Democrats. On the first pitch, Ruiz a sharp grounder hit slightly to Scalise’s right. The whip took a singular, awkward step in the direction of the ball, back-handing it and fell to his knees. Scalise moved quickly and fired at rep Mo Brooks, R-Ala., first, nailing Ruiz play download below the baseline.
The crowd broke out in cheers. Scalise struggled to his feet, could come without assistance, even before shortstop and Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S. C., to help. Brooks, together with catcher and REP Rodney Davis, R-Ill., ran over to embrace you, your colleagues, after the most incredible games. In spite of being laid on top of the first, ray Ruiz derailed ends congratulate Scalise, held his UC Riverside fight helmet in his left hand.
You can’t make this stuff up.
Scalise continue to patrol second base for a batter in front of the rest to the dugout. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, replaces his colleague. And the rest of the game was pure baseball.
A hard film on the third baserunner and Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, upended third baseman and Rep. Trent Kelly, R-Miss. As the ball skipped away from Kelly, Ryan broke for home, go in Pete Rose style. Dirt flew everywhere, a fog of dust blowing in the direction of the third base dugout.
Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., Pitches for the Democrats. A former athlete at Morehouse College, Richmond routine meets standard 80-plus on the speed gun, stymieing the GOP guys and nibble around the corners. Richmond was not as sharp this year as in previous seasons. But he built a complete seven-inning game, drives the Democrats to a 21-5 victory. Richmond helped his own cause, swatting a ball that rolled all the way to the center-field wall. The Louisiana Democrat, held on to third parties, then it thought for a bit and sprinted home.
The next morning on the Capitol steps, Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., joked with Richmond, about how many Advil he had to after the game.
The teams, made up of mainly men. But a few women play.
Rep.-Nannette Barragan, D-Calif., Dodger is bleeding blue. She grew up in southern California to observe great Los Angeles Dodgers teams in the 1980s, as “Fernando mania” intoxicated the baseball world. The Dodgers were loaded with talent in the 1970s and 1980s. Stalwarts like Bill Russell, Ron Cey and Rick Monday dominated the lineup. But the meteoric rise of the Mexican native Fernando Valenzuela stick baseball changed in southern California for Latinos. As the daughter of Mexican immigrants, was a young Barragan is immune to Fernando mania.
Barragan was wearing a Dodgers uniform for the game, bearing number 44. Some high-profile Dodgers wore the 44 as your uniform number over the years. Gene Mauch, Johnny Roseboro, Al Downing, Ken Landreaux, Ron Washington, Darryl Strawberry, and Rich Hill. But Barragan 44 carries, because the number of its California constituency.
To meet at last year’s game, Barragan got a childhood idol, Dodger great Steve Garvey. And as a rookie, Barragan got a hit and an RBI in her first Congressional baseball game at-bat.
“I stepped in the box told me that, if something in the neighborhood, I’ll go for it,” said Barragan. “I legged it for a single.”
Barragan was not as lucky this year. You managed, in not just one, but two short arguments with the referees on adjacent seats. To call first, Barragan contested catcher’s interference, glove Rodney Davis, she began to bat on the backswing. All four of the referees huddled and determined there was no contact. Then on the next pitch, Barragan allegedly, she was a slap on the wrist. There was a foul tip.
Barragan went to the show then.
The referee, just like the government inspector generals, the allegedly impartial arbitrator.
The Congressional game contains many of the trappings of a regular Major-League-Baseball-game. Also rivalries gurgling to the surface. In the introduction the Republic of Tom Suozzi, D-NY, Washington Nationals, public address announcer Jerome Hruska noted that the Long Island Democrat deigned to come to the plate in the New York Mets clothes.
There is nothing more traditional than any of the legislators that you have your own baseball card. However, the only thing that is missing in the packs of cards is a thin plank of impenetrable bubblegum, seemingly made of titanium carbide.
But the cards are exactly the same as the professional cards.
Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., in a Central Michigan University uniform. Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., athletic Minnesota Twins jersey. Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., in 2016, the Trump campaign hat.
Then, for whatever reason, eight of the lawmakers in suits and ties on their cards: Reps. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., Gary Palmer, R-Ala., Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., Kevin Yoder, R-Kansas, Fred Upton, R-Mich., and Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine.
You can’t make this stuff up.
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