'Scalise took a bullet for all of us'

In addition to Scalise, a police officer, a congressional aide and a lobbyist were shot on Wednesday morning when a man opened fire as the Republican lawmakers practiced for the game in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Virginia. While last year's attendance peaked at 10,000, on Thursday almost 25,000 seats were sold and the game raised about $1 million for local charities. The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington and the Washington Literary Center are the game's other beneficiaries.

It's a tradition dating back to 1909.

President Donald Trump paid a visit to injured Steve Scalise in the Washington hospital this week, where the Congressman remains in critical condition, RadarOnline.com has learned. The game was for healing.

Aguilar plays outfield for the Democratic team; before the shooting, Scalise was slated to play second base for the Republicans.

Trump, in a video message played at the game, said the event had "a much deeper level of meaning" because of the shooting.

Update: The total is in, and Thursday's game raked in an incredible $1.5 million for charity.

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"I think anybody that ever played baseball, the dream was to play in a major league stadium", Richmond said a year ago.

Griner, who was shot in the ankle, and officer David Bailey, who sustained minor injuries, were working as part of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise's security detail. Socialist Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, for whom the shooter had campaigned, said he was "sickened" by a crime "against our most deeply held American values".

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"Let's just slow down and reflect, to think about how we're all being tested right now".

Another attendee, Dana Moore, said, "I'm tried of seeing all the division and everything".

Democratic team manager, Mike Doyle, a House member from Pennsylvania, said on Bloomberg Television that normally 8,000 to 9,000 tickets are sold.

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Players on both teams wore Louisiana State University hats in support of Scalise, a Republican from Louisiana and LSU alum.

Meanwhile, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is still asking northern Virginians for help in trying to determine a motive behind the attack.

The 66-year-old suspect from Belleville, Illinois, was a volunteer for Senator Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign but whether he was politically motivated is still unclear, investigators said.

Scalise has undergone multiple surgeries and will need more.

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