You will remember that roughly a year ago, Congressman Steve Scalise was critically injured in a deliberate practice game in preparation of last year’s Congressional baseball game.
Congressman Scalise thankfully recovered and was able to resume his duties in Congress following a three month-long recovery period. California Family Council reported more details on the shooting and the Congressman’s injuries at the time:
The shooting was deliberate target of pro life congressmen at a GOP congressional ball game practice in preparation for the annual congressional ball game. Scalise was positioned roughly near second base when he was shot in the hip, and ended up dragging himself fifteen yards away from second base in an attempt to get out of the line of fire.
Scalise remained in critical condition for several weeks following the tragedy, with his condition fluctuating up and down. His injuries included severe damage to internal organs. At one point there was speculation on whether or not he would survive. President Trump even payed Scalise a personal visit at the hospital following his surgery. “Congressman Scalise is a friend, and a very good friend,” Trump said. “He’s a patriot. And he’s a fighter. He will recover from this assault — and Steve, I want you to know that you have the prayers not only of the entire city behind you, but of an entire nation, and frankly the entire world. America is praying for you and America is praying for all of the victims of this terrible shooting.”
Upon his return to Congress, Scalise received a heartfelt, bipartisan standing ovation.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 28, 2017
A colleague of Scalise, Jeff Flake, who was present at the ballpark shooting tweeted a photo of Scalise amid practice in preparation for this year’s Congressional ball game.
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) June 6, 2018
Scalise followed up Jeff Flake’s tweet with the following response:
Feels good to be back with the team! https://t.co/TyWFsqg4Qx
— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) June 6, 2018
More than $1 million was raised following the shooting, according to CBS News. Over 20,000 tickets were sold, making last year’s Congressional ball game the most attended thus far in history. The 2018 Congressional Baseball Game for Charity is set to take place on June 14, 2018.