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Friday's Mashup: Congressional Baseball Game goes on after shooting

Lucy Burdge
June 16, 2017 - 8:59 am
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FRIDAY'S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Washington at NY Mets, 7:10 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Boston at Houston, 8:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
MLB: NY Yankees at Oakland, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
WNBA: New York at Dallas, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA: Chicago at Phoenix, 10 p.m.  (NBA TV)

AROUND THE WEB: 

-- The Democrats beat the Republicans 11-2 in this year's annual Congressional Baseball Game Thursday night, but the meaning of the game itself overshadowed its outcome.

Just a day after a gunman opened fire at a Republican congressional baseball practice, the game took place at Nationals Park in Washington. The shooting injured a number of lawmakers, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

The focus of the game was on the unity of the two sides after the shooting.

There were 24,959 tickets sold, which was a record number since the tradition began in 1909. The game is played for Congressional Sports for Charity and more than $1 million was raised this year for the cause. Ivanka Trump was on hand to present a $50,000 check from Friends in the Trump Administration.

Donald Trump sent a special video message to the game paying tribute to Scalise and others involved in the shooting.

"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. "The game will go on."

The players wore Louisiana State University hats in honor of Scalise, a Louisiana Republican. Capitol Police officer David Bailey, who was one of the heroes who took out the shooter, threw out the first pitch while on crutches. 

Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona was at the practice on Wednesday and said Scalise wanted the game to go on.

"I hope he's in good enough shape to watch, because he'll certainly feel good about what he sees," Flake said of Scalise. "I was there at the hospital last night, and I hope he's doing better today. It's a long road for him."

He also said the meaning of the game was not lost on the players.

"As far as winning and losing, I think that's far from anybody's mind right now.”

-- A former sparring partner of Conor McGregor said Wednesday Floyd Mayweather will destroy McGregor in their much-anticipated fight on Aug. 26.

Former IBO welterweight champion Chris van Heerden said McGregor has no chance of beating the undefeated fighter.

Van Heerden got in the ring with McGregor in May 2016 and beat him handily, despite being out of shape and having just gotten back from a vacation. He said he still “landed at will” on McGregor.

When asked if he thinks McGregor could beat Mayweather, van Heerden said, “No.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “If you look at it that way, the NFL has a Patriots problem.” -- Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier, on the Patriots’ success beating teams

 

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