Congressional baseball game, 1 day after shooting

Republicans and Democrats joined in a spirited, friendly rivalry at their annual congressional baseball game, many fresh from the penetrating horror of the ball field shooting rampage a day earlier and all playing in honor of their grievously wounded colleague.

The game at Nationals Park on Thursday evening carried on a century-old bipartisan ritual, this one tinged with worry about Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise and the players’ determination to answer the attack by coming together in sport. Democrats won in an 11-2 blowout.

In a final flourish of bipartisan camaraderie for the night, Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania, his team’s manager, accepted the trophy, then gave it to his GOP counterpart, Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, to put in Scalise’s office on behalf of the Democrats. After accepting it gracefully, Barton cracked, “Next year we won’t be so nice.”

A record 24,959 people attended the game, and they gave a huge ovation when Special Agent David Bailey, one of the Capitol Police officers injured in the attack on Republicans at their ball practice in Virginia, threw out the first pitch. “One family,” proclaimed a sign in the crowd. The announcer’s mention of Scalise, the House majority whip, who was critically injured in the attack Wednesday, brought the masses to their feet.

Scalise remained listed in critical condition Thursday night after multiple surgeries, though word came from the hospital during the game that he had improved. (AP)

Related story by Hunter Walker/Yahoo News: At congressional baseball game, newfound unity has its limits

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A Democratic supporter waits in line

A Democratic supporter waits in line before the Democrats and Republicans face off in the annual Congressional Baseball game at Nationals Park in Washington, June 15, 2017. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Republican supporters wait for the game to start

Republican supporters wait for the Democrats and Republicans to face off in the annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, June 15, 2017. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Police officers check boxes before the game

Police officers check boxes before the Democrats and Republicans face off in the annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, June 15, 2017. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Rep. Ryan Costello practices

Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA) practices prior to the Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, June 15, 2017. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

A Republican supporter holds up a sign

A Republican supporter holds up a sign supporting House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) before the Democrats and Republicans face off in the annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, June 15, 2017. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Ivanka Trump gestures to the crowd

Ivanka Trump, Assistant to President Donald Trump, gestures to the crowd next to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin prior to the Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, June 15, 2017. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

A message from President Donald Trump

A message from President Donald Trump is shown on the video board before the Congressional baseball game, Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Washington. (Photo: Alex Brandon/AP)

Paul Ryan, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell applaud

Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., left, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., applaud a message by President Donald Trump on the video board, before the Congressional baseball game, Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Washington. (Photo: Alex Brandon/AP)

Members of the Republican team pray

Members of the Republican team pray before the Democrats and Republicans face off in the annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, June 15, 2017. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

A Republican supporter holds an American flag

A Republican supporter holds up an American flag before Democrats and Republicans face off in the annual Congressional Baseball game at Nationals Park in Washington, June 15, 2017. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Chaplain Patrick Conroy leads a prayer

Patrick Conroy, Chaplain of the House of Representatives, leads Democrats and Republicans in prayer before they face off in the annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, June 15, 2017. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Members of the crowd stand for the National Anthem

Members of the crowd stand for the National Anthem during the Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, June 15, 2017. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

A moment of silence for Rep. Steve Scalise

Members of both congressional teams bow their heads for a moment of silence for Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., before the Congressional baseball game, Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Washington. (Photo: Alex Brandon/AP)

A photo of Steve Scalise is seen on the video board

A photo of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., is seen on the video board as the last member of the Republican team announced before the Congressional baseball game, Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Washington. (Photo: Alex Brandon/AP)

Zach Barth and Roger Williams walk off the field

Injured aide Zach Barth, left, and Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, also on crutches walk off the field before the Congressional baseball game, Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Washington. (Photo: Alex Brandon/AP)

Kevin Brady takes the field

Kevin Brady (R-TX), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, takes the field before the Democrats and Republicans face off in the annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, June 15, 2017. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Sen. Paul gives greets players

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) greets Director of the Office of Management Mick Mulvaney before Democrats and Republicans face off in the annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, June 15, 2017. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Special Agent David Bailey throws out the first pitch

Special Agent David Bailey of the U.S. Capitol Police, wounded in Wednesday’s attack, is seen with former Yankees manager Joe Torre, as he throws out the first pitch during the Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, June 15, 2017. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

A supporter cheers

A supporter of Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) cheers as Democrats and Republicans face off in the annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, June 15, 2017. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Rep. Patrick Meehan pitches

Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA) pitches during the Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, June 15, 2017. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Fans watch the game

Fans watch the 56th Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park on June 15, 2017. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images)

Rep. Jared Polis trips over first base

Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) trips over first base as Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL) chases the ball during the annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, June 15, 2017. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Rep. Raul Ruiz takes a swing

Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Calif., takes a swing during the annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington on Thursday, June 15, 2017. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images)

Fans enjoy the game

Katie Lewis carries Ellie Brooker, 14 months old, as the Democrats and Republicans face off in the annual Congressional Baseball game at Nationals Park in Washington, June 15, 2017. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Rep. Raul Ruiz tags out Rep. Mike Bishop

Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Calif., tags out Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Mich., at second base as Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, watches during the annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington on Thursday, June 15, 2017. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images)

Republicans fan reacts

Republican fans watch the 56th Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park on June 15, 2017. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images)

Rep. Roger Williams coaches

Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX), who was injured in Wednesday’s attack on the Republican team, coaches during the Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, June 15, 2017. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Rep. Tim Ryan gives Rep. Jack Bergman a hug

Democrats’ shortstop Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, gives Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Mich., a hug after a play at second base during the annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington on Thursday, June 15, 2017. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images)

Rep. Nanette Barragan hits the ball

Rep. Nanette Barragan (D-CA) hits the ball for a single as the Democrats and Republicans face off in the annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, June 15, 2017. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Rep. Tom Rooney lies on the field after a ball hit him

Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL) lies on the field after a ball hit him in the face during the annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, June 15, 2017. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Rep. Ryan Costello throws to first

Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA) throws to first during the Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, June 15, 2017. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Fans of Rep. Dennis Ross cheer

Fans of Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., cheer during the 56th Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park on June 15, 2017. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images)

Rep. Tony Cardenas makes a catch

Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-CA) makes a catch during the Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, June 15, 2017. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Rep. Mark Walker grounds out to end the game

Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) grounds out to end the game during the annual Congressional Baseball game at Nationals Park in Washington, June 15, 2017. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Democrats and Republicans greet each other after the game

Democrats and Republicans greet each other after the annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, U.S., June 15, 2017. June 15, 2017. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Rep. Joe Barton carries the trophy

Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) carries the trophy after the victorious Democrats presented it to the Republicans following the annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, June 15, 2017. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

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