Scalise to throw first pitch at Washington Nationals’ playoff game

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A ceremonial pitch will be thrown by House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) at the Washington Nationals playoff game against the Chicago Cubs on Friday.

According to a spokesman, Scalise, who was shot while practicing for the annual Congressional Baseball Game in June, will throw out the pitch for the first game of the series, taking place at Nationals Park in southeast Washington, D.C.

Representative Scalise’s life changed on June 14, 2017, when a gunman, James Hodgkinson, 66, shot at members during a GOP baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

Hit with one of the gunman’s bullets, Scalise was admitted to MedStar Washington Hospital Center. His status was touch-and-go for some time because the bullet, which entered his pelvic region near his left hip, caused “substantial damage to bones, organs and blood vessels” as it traveled toward his right hip.

He did recover and on Sep. 28, Scalise was on Capitol Hill for the first time since the shooting.  “I’m back,” the Louisiana rep. tweeted, along with an image of him gazing out across the national mall.

David Bailey, another shooting victim from the same incident and a member of Scalise’s Capitol Police security detail, threw out the first pitch at the Congressional Baseball Game, held in June at the Nationals Park. Democrats won that game, but in a tribute to Scalise, they left the trophy in his office.

It is the same park in which Scalise will throw out the pitch Friday night, as the Nationals and Cubs will battle it out in Game 1 of their National League Division Series at 7:30 p.m. local time.

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