tv 2017 Congressional Baseball Game CSPAN June 15, 2017 9:50pm-10:24pm EDT
dc. the final score, 11-2, the democrats sweeping the republicans. more than 20,000 tickets were sold for tonight's game, raising more than $1 million for charity. the democrats getting their trophy testes democrats giving their trophy to steve scalise, injured in a shooting at practice in alexandria. the hospital has released an update on his condition. earlier today, he underwent a second surgery related to his internal injuries, a broken bone in his leg, but he remains in critical condition. he has improved in the last 24 hours. he is expected to have additional surgery. 24,959 people attended the game tonight, a record-setting attendance for the congressional baseball game since the first one was held in 1909. we take a look at how the evening started at next park -- nats park tonight. this is about 30 minutes.
dawn's early light what so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous night o'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming -- and the rockets' red glare the bombs bursting in air gave proof through the night that our flag was still there o say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
>> they can't have him take the shortcut straight across. >> no. the size of the clydesdale's hooves, they used to call them beer wagons. >> i have seen it too many beer promotions gone wrong. >> in ways to numerous to mention on a family radio station with an animal. anyway, here he comes. players leaving the field. the starters will assume their positions. the others will ride the bench. good turnout. it has filled in quite nicely. full with the exception of the club areas behind home plate, but the sections they reserve, democrats on the left, republicans on the right.
you'll hear cheers from those halves of the ballpark as the game goes on. both sides pretty well full. most defense still chanting from the anthem. >> joe torrey is here. he's got the game ball now. >> the clydesdale making his exit from the field. as joe torrey walks to the pitcher's mound. in thetorrey of course, baseball front office now. >> chief disciplinarian for major league baseball. if you do something wrong he's the one who will punish you. joe torrey waiting for a
catcher. >> for those not familiar with his ball, what is he doing now? you were just explaining it but in more detail. >> i'm blanking on his official title. he's the -- in the commissioner's office in new york. i think it helps to have someone who used to play, to manage in that role of deciding the appropriate discipline when need be. >> major league baseball chief baseball officer since 2011. >> we still need a catcher. never seen this, a ceremonial first pitch and no catcher. >> no catch from a world series champion? joe torrey standing there very patiently. >> i am going to go do it. >> george, go catch it. >> let's go catch this thing. >> [cheers and applause] [applause]
the two police officers were wounded. but were obviously not seriously wounded. and are here tonight. unfortunately others are still in the hospital. they are most concerned at the moment about steve scalise. >> we're almost ready for baseball, folks. crowd is ready. >> one nice side effect to the extended pregame ceremony that often takes the crowd a while to fill in. most people in their seats by now, able to be here for the ceremonial first pitch and actual first pitch, which should be just around the corner. >> as you can imagine, security tightened around the ballpark tonight, getting in d.c., the streets around the ballpark are basically gridlocked tonight.
lots of security around the parking lot and the ballpark this evening. and getting into the ballpark as well. we've been tweeting pictures out. >> where can they see those pictures? >> you can follow us. george, you can give your handle if you're going to be tweeting. >> @gwallace wtop. >> i met some police dogs out in full force with the k-9 unit as you might expect. a little crazier than normal out here. >> before we get -- forgot to mention, jack shore, our tremendous engineer in the house again this evening. ben pushing all the right buttons back in the studio. democrats will take the field. >> a message from the president of the united states. >> we are going to get a message
from the president on the video board. >> a tweet from the president. no, a real message. >> this game is an important moment for both parties to come nd celebrate our nation. this game has taken on a much deeper level meaning. by playing tonight you are showing that we will not be intimidated by threats. >> [cheers and applause] >> the president say big playing tonight's game you are showing you will not be intimidated by anything. >> want to repeat that? >> the president's message saying by playing in this game
tonight, you are showing that you will not be intimidated by anything. >> there's been some cheering in the stands. so you know even though feelings are high about donald trump, this is a night for baseball. >> thanking the members of the alexandria police and rescue for their quick response yesterday. >> ladies and gentlemen, let's play ball. >> let's play ball. and they're ready to do it tonight.
>> acknowledging the heroism of the capitol police for yesterday -- their bravery as well. message from the public address announcer here. >> please welcome speaker of the house paul ryan. >> [cheers and applause] >> play ball! >> there's your play ball from paul ryan, chuck schumer, nancy pelosi and mitch mcconnell.
>> cedric richmond has taken the mound. he's back out for for a sixth straight year. seventh straight year. >> i actually don't know -- >> he was 5-0 headed into last year. so this is seven straight. >> he tries to go the distance, but he did not make it last year. it will be interesting. as you mentioned it was quite hot, quite muggy last year. we've got a perfect evening tonight, 82 degrees, breeze moving right-to-left across the field. pretty decent little breeze. let's see if it messes with the outfielders panel if anything gets in the jet stream. cedric play breezily played for morehouse -- previously played for morehouse college. he throws near 80 miles per
hour. the republican manager joe barton called him the best player to ever play in a congressional baseball game. >> pretty high compliment. probably accurate too. >> he threw a two-hitter, a two or three-hitter. >> last year he did pitch into the seventh but was pulled for patrick murphy. gave up seven runs on 11 hits. ryan costello, i believe, is going to lead us off. wearing a fighting phils jersey. >> cedric richmond, in addition to his baseball prowess, represents louisiana's second . when he's not throwing baseballs, he is on the homeland security committee. >> first pitch to costello over for a strike. we are under way at 7:38. >> coming up tonight on c-span, epa administrator scott pruitt
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