Louisiana congressman Steve Scalise, who was critically injured four months ago when he was targeted during a congressional baseball practice, will return to the baseball diamond on Friday night at Nationals Park.
The Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs will kick off Game 1 of their National League Division Series Friday night, and Scalise will be given the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.
Scalise to throw out first pitch at tonight’s playoff game between the Nationals and the Cubs in Washington— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) October 6, 2017
The House majority whip will be joined by three of victims of the shooting for the pregame ceremony, including Capitol Police officer David Bailey, Congressional aide Zachary Barth and lobbyist Matt Mika.
Rep. Steve Scalise, wounded in June, to throw out first pitch at NLDS opener. https://t.co/zpyLX2TXNh— USA TODAY Sports (@usatodaysports) October 6, 2017
Scalise returned to Congress last week for the first time since the horrific incident, entering the chambers to a standing ovation from his colleagues.
Scalise was set to play second base for the GOP and be part of the Congressional Baseball Game last June, but instead was fighting for his life in the hospital after being wounded during that unfortunate incident.
He's back and should expect to receive a great reception from the crowd tonight at Nats Park.