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Members of the congressional GOP baseball team practice in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (WJLA)

GOP baseball team practicing for first time since shooting

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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.

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.

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Just days ago, the officers and medics who first responded last June were honored with medals for valor in Alexandria.

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