By JOHN GONZALEZ, WJLA
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WJLA) - It is not only the first practice but such an important, symbolic practice that it appears it will go on rain or shine.
The lights are on at the ball field and GOP lawmakers are getting ready to lace up their cleats. For many, this will be their first time back on the field at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park since the horrific shooting 10 months ago.
Today is the first GOP baseball practice in Alexandria since that horrific shooting 10 months ago. Links on the fence still damaged from the bullets last summer. We are live with images of the symbolic practice and press conference to follow this morning. @ABC7GMW pic.twitter.com/Yui9FMvljn— John Gonzalez (@ABC7John) April 25, 2018
This year security has been beefed up. U.S. Capitol Police say there will be a robust police and security presence Wednesday morning. In fact, a mandatory security sweep of all media was scheduled.
It is much different than what the event used to entail as lawmakers prepare for the annual Congressional Baseball Game for charity. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., is still recovering from the wounds he suffered during the attack. Four others were also wounded.
Scalise underwent yet another surgery this week and more procedures are expected later this year. The practice begins at 6:30 a.m. and a press conference will follow.
Members of the GOP congressional baseball team just concluded their 1st pracfice since shooting 10 months ago here in Alexandria. Congressional baseball game this year will be held June 14th. “I’m very proud of the team, very proud of their resiliency” Rep. Joe Barton. @ABC7GMW pic.twitter.com/tX5h7v6rm5— John Gonzalez (@ABC7John) April 25, 2018
Just days ago, the officers and medics who first responded last June were honored with medals for valor in Alexandria.
In light of the shooting last summer, this year‘s first GOP congressional game practice will include a “robust” police and security presence from Alexandria and US Capitol police. Security sweep for the media taking place right now before lawmakers take the field. @ABC7GMW pic.twitter.com/l1yGCHbixB— John Gonzalez (@ABC7John) April 25, 2018