On Thursday night, Democrats easily defeated Republicans 11-2 in the 2017 Congressional Baseball Game, in an annual tradition that has taken on renewed importance in the wake of Wednesday’s shooting in Alexandria, Virginia. Then, in a show of unity and civility, Democrats gave the winning trophy to House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who got shot the day before.
On Wednesday, a gunman opened fire at a GOP baseball practice, shooting House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and three others, lawmakers took the field Thursday evening at Nationals Park in Washington.
The annual event pits Republicans against Democrats, but this year the focus has turned to showing unity. Pushing that message of unity were the House leaders Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who told CNN’s Jake Tapper that despite party affiliation “they were both on Team Scalise.”
Democrats also took their message of unity to the field. Instead of wearing hats representing their home teams, as is the normal tradition, they wore Louisiana State University hats in honor of Scalise, a Louisiana Republican.
At the end of the game when Democratic manager Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Doyle was presented the winning trophy, he called Republican manager Texas Rep. Joe Barton to join him. Doyle gave the winning trophy back to the Republicans to put in Scalise’s office.
This is what civility is all about.