WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Nearly four months after he was gunned down at a baseball practice, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a playoff game between the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs Friday night at Nationals Park, his spokesman confirmed.
The Louisiana Republican was shot in the hip June 14 at a GOP practice for the annual congressional baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia. Four others were injured, including Capitol Police Officers David Bailey and Crystal Griner. Suspect James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Illinois, died from injuries sustained during a shootout with police.
On June 21, Griner threw the first pitch at the congressional women's softball game. The bipartisan team lost to "The Bad News Babes" (members of the press) 2-1.
Last week Scalise returned to Capitol Hill, to raucous applause and bipartisan support. On Friday, Alexandria Commonwealth's Attorney Bryan Porter released the final incident report regarding the summer shooting.
The Nats will battle the defending World Series champion Cubs in Game 1 of the National League Division Series at 7:30 p.m.