WASHINGTON - Rep. Steve Scalise, who was critically injured when a gunman targeted a congressional baseball practice four months ago, will finally grace the diamond at Nationals Park.
The Louisiana congressman has been tapped to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs play Game 1 of their National League Division Series on Friday, his office confirmed to USA TODAY. Three other victims of the shooting -- Capitol Police officer David Bailey, Congressional aide Zachary Barth and lobbyist Matt Mika --- will also be part of the pregame ceremony.
Scalise, the House majority whip, was shot in the hip while practicing with his Republican teammates in a Virginia suburb in June. Scalise, who doctors said arrived at the hospital near death, has undergone multiple surgeries and months of rehabilitation.
Three other victims of the shooting - Capitol Police officer David Bailey, Congressional aide Zachary Barth and lobbyist Matt Mika - will also be part of the pregame ceremony.
Scalise returned to Congress for the first time last week and was greeted with a lengthy standing ovation from his colleagues.
He has been making the media rounds in recent days, appearing recently on Fox News' The Story with Martha MacCallum and is scheduled to make an appearance on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday.
Scalise, a big baseball fan, was slated to play second base for the GOP's squad in the annual Congressional Baseball Game last June.
Support for Scalise was everywhere at Nationals Park as the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity took place as scheduled in the wake of the shooting in June. Some wore polo shirts that read “Team Scalise.” Others held up signs, including one that read “Let’s Geaux!” Democratic and Republican players wore Louisiana State University baseball caps