Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., the starting catcher for the Republican team in Thursday night's game against the Democratic team, attached Roll Call's Go Pro camera to the top of his catcher's mask for an up-close view of the action.
The camera captured some of the most exciting moments of the game, but it also captured something much more inspiring: the heartfelt camaraderie between political rivals, who for one night shared a field of dreams in honor of Rep. Steve Scalise, still hospitalized after a practice field shooting Wednesday.
At the Congressional Baseball Game, one day after the shooting at a Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, members of Congress from across the political divide gathered to play — and watch —baseball. Roll Call's Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano spoke to some of the members of Congress that were on the field and in the stands.
It’s the week of the 56th annual Congressional Baseball Game and both Democrats and Republicans have been busy at early morning practices to prep for Thursday night’s match up. The Republicans, led by manager Rep. Joe L. Barton, are hoping to start a winning streak after last year breaking the Democrats’ seven-game stretch. But the Democrats, led by manager Rep. Mike Doyle, say they’re determined to bring a W back. After the 2016 election, a few freshman have joined the game, while both teams have players who are returning after almost a decade of playing. Watch for more from the players themselves.
The Congressional Baseball Game Republican manager Rep. Joe L. Barton and team were interviewed on Wednesday, June 7 by Roll Call’s Alex Gangitano as they prepared for the annual game against the Democrats. The practice last week was held at the same field in Alexandria, Virginia that was attacked Wednesday morning.