Game on: Tragedy won't stop congressional baseball game

Posted at 6:25 AM, Jun 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-15 06:30:45-04

The game will go on.

The annual Congressional Baseball Game, which dates to 1909 and is a summertime tradition on Capitol Hill, will be played on Thursday despite Wednesday's shooting at the GOP squad's practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

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It's an annual event in which aging former Little Leaguers don their spikes and dust off their gloves in a game played for bragging rights and to benefit several charities.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., assured lawmakers assembled at a members' briefing that the game will go on, prompting a standing ovation.

Once a relatively cozy affair, played at a minor league ballpark in Maryland, the game has gone big time in recent years and has been played at Nationals Park, just a few blocks from the Capitol.