The game went ahead as scheduled Thursday, in an emotional display of bipartisan unity. The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington and the Washington Literary Center are the game's other beneficiaries.
It's a tradition dating back to 1909. The game was for healing.
Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., left, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., applaud a message by President Donald Trump on the.
"By playing tonight, you are showing the world that we will not be intimidated by threats, acts of violence, or assaults on our democracy", Trump said.
Jennifer Scalise says in a statement that the family is "especially appreciative of the strong outpouring of love and support from our neighbors, friends, from Louisiana and across the country".
The Congressional Baseball Game began shortly after it's scheduled start of 7:05 p.m. (2305 UTC) Thursday. "We think this is an historic occasion".
Scalise has previously played in the congressional game and in previous years wore a variety of Louisiana jerseys.More news: Seven Sailors Killed as US Navy Destroyer Collides with a Container Ship
Another attendee, Dana Moore, said, "I'm tried of seeing all the division and everything".
Ticket sales picked up after Wednesday's shooting, eventually setting an attendance record, the organizers said, as attendees such as Alexander Hilten, 16, of Arlington, Va., made a decision to come to the game for the first time.
Both sides depicted the event as a unifying experience.
Meanwhile, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is still asking northern Virginians for help in trying to determine a motive behind the attack. The gunman, James T. Hodgkinson, was fatally shot by police.
The morning after visiting Scalise in the hospital, Trump said the congressman's challenges are "more difficult" than first thought.
Scalise, the No. 3 House Republican, arrived at the hospital via helicopter in shock, with intense internal bleeding, Sava said. Griner received a shot to the ankle and was listed in good condition; Bailey was treated and released.
Those who witnessed the attack say a lone gunman armed with a rifle opened fire on the Republican lawmakers as they warmed up and took batting practice.
"We have no intention to remove all bullet fragments at this point", he said, noting that is common because finding and removing that many fragments is more risky than leaving them inside the body.