How to watch Thursday's Congressional baseball game

Thirty-six hours after a gunman's attack on Republican lawmakers at their baseball practice, GOP and Democratic teams played their annual charity game Thursday night, determined to show unity. U.S. Capitol Police officer David Bailey, who was wounded in the shooting while protecting members of Congress, threw the first pitch.

Congressman Steve Scalise remains in critical condition following surgery to fix injuries sustained after he was shot at a congressional baseball practice Wednesday, hospital officials announced in a statement on Thursday evening. "We love you", congressman John Lewis, representing Georgia, said of Mr Scalise's critical condition. On Thursday, he underwent more surgery. Barth has been treated and released from the hospital; Mika, who was shot in the chest and arms, remains in critical condition at George Washington University Hospital.

It is a rare and genuine opportunity for Democrats and Republicans to put their divisions aside and show those gathered in the stadium and watching across the United States, that they are not just politicians - they are people and players.

Before the cheers - a moment of silence at second base. The JumboTron showed a fan with a sign "Scalise Strong!"

It dates back to 1909, and became popular enough by 1928 to be broadcast on radio, according to a history of the game listed on a dedicated website.

The Congressional Baseball Game began shortly after it's scheduled start of 7:05 p.m. (2305 UTC) Thursday.

"I'm prayerful he will pull through, and I hope he does", Democrat Cedric Richmond said.

Event organizers told Fox News the event is expected to raise more than $1 million this year, and will go to four charities: The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, The Capitol Police fund, The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and The Washington Literacy Center.

The two team managers, Republican Representative Joe Barton and Democratic Representative Mike Doyle, both vowed that their squads would win the charity game.

"They saved a lot of lives", the president said.

The gunman, identified by officials as James Hodgkinson, died after the shootout.

C-SPAN provided coverage, and additional national television, radio and other media outlets tuned in.

House Speaker Paul Ryan was met with a bipartisan standing ovation when he announced that the game was still on during a meeting on Wednesday. "It's cool that they're putting it on even after the shooting".

"The competition is still there, but the energy around the game has just exploded", said Walker.

"Tonight we're all Team Scalise", Pelosi said.

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