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.
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.
The annual face-off between Democrats and Republicans continues Thursday evening at 7:05 p.m., after a Wednesday morning shooting at the GOP practice shocked Washington and the nation. Roll Call editor Jason Dick takes a step back to recap the history of the game, Roll Call's involvement in its renaissance and more. The game, as both managers said this week, will go on as Congress unites in the spirit of baseball and friendship.