Wounded Scalise throws out first pitch at Nationals playoff game

By Samuel Chamberlain

Published October 06, 2017

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., received a standing ovation Friday night as he threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a Washington Nationals playoff game.

Scalise used crutches to maneuver to a position a few feet in front of the pitcher's mound at Nationals Park prior to Game 1 of the National League Division Series between the Nationals and Chicago Cubs.

Holding onto a walker and wearing a red Nationals jersey with his name and No. 3 on the back, Scalise poured in a strike to U.S. Capitol Police officer David Bailey.

Scalise, Bailey and two others were shot and wounded in June by a would-be assassin as Scalise practiced for the annual Congressional Baseball Game, which pits a team of Democrats against a team of Republicans and is held at Nationals Park.

"I've been waiting three-and-a-half months to throw a ball in this stadium," Scalise told Fox News.

Zack Barth and Matt Mika, the other shooting victims, were honored after the pitch.

Scalise made a triumphant return to the House floor last week, when he was greeted by yet another standing ovation.

Fox News' Chad Pergram and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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