A day after House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and three others were wounded in a shooting during Republican Congressional baseball practice in Virginia, congressional members from both parties took part in a baseball game at Nationals Park.
It was an extraordinary event, one that showed our people can display unity in the face of violence. Police officer David Bailey, who was injured in the attack, threw out the first pitch Thursday evening.
David Bailey, 1 of 2 officers who prevented ‘massacre' in Virginia, threw out the first pitch before tonight's Congressional Baseball Game. pic.twitter.com/UQ2ivvLSeM
— ABC News (@ABC) June 15, 2017
The event set attendance records as well.
Now, it looks like the annual event that’s been held for over a century, was a major success in another way. According to CBS Sports, more than 25,000 tickets were sold for the game.
This means that it revised over $1 million in cold hard cash for Congressional Sports for Charity. To put this into perspective, the game raised $500,000 last year.
This just goes to show us that our government, both Republcians and Democrats, can come together for a common cause. Unfortunately, it took a tragedy of Wednesday’s magnitude for that to happen.