The Congressional Baseball Game for Charity will go on as planned and be televised Thursday, a day after a lone gunman opened fire on Republican team members during a practice and wounded several people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.
Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, the Republican team manager, and Rep. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania, his Democratic counterpart, confirmed the game’s status at a joint press conference Wednesday.
“This is a game that has been played off and on for approximately 100 years,” Barton said. “In its current configuration, it has been played since the 1960s. It’s currently tied: 39 wins for each side, plus two ties.”
Pledging that the game will continue, Barton added, “We’re united not as Republicans and Democrats, but as United States representatives. And I believe C-SPAN is going to televise the game. So we’d ask the American people to [say a] prayer for those who were shot, both the congressman and volunteers and our officers. And it will be ‘play ball’ tomorrow night at 7:05.”
A C-SPAN representative confirmed to EW that the game will be televised.
“We’re not going to let incidents like this change our way of life or our daily routines,” Doyle said. “We’re going to go ahead and play the ball game. Players on both sides want to do that, they think it’s the right thing to do.”