The Congressional Baseball Game will go on as planned on Thursday.
Despite an attack and shooting during the Republican team’s practice on Wednesday morning in Alexandria, Virginia which left House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, aides and Capitol Hill Police Officers injured, House Speaker Paul Ryan confirmed the game would still take place at Nationals Park.
The Congressional Baseball Game has taken place since 1909 and provides a way for lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to come together for a night of fun that raises money for charity.
“We do it for really three reasons. We do it for fellowship amongst ourselves. We do it for charity,” said Rep. Joe Barton, via PBS.com. “We raise a lot of money for three charities. And we do it because we like to play baseball and try to recapture a little bit of our youth. It’s a positive thing. Of all the things Congress does, this is one of the most benign, positive activities.”
Democrats have been dominant in past years, winning for seven years in a row before dropping last year’s game, 8-7. They Republicans will look to get a winning streak of their own going, while the Democrats hope to reclaim the title.