Lawmakers prepare for Congressional Baseball Game


CLICKONDETROIT.COM. IN PONTIAC, JASON COLTHORP, LOCAL 4.>>Devin: WE’RE LESS THAN AN HOUR AWAY FROM WHAT COULD BE THE MOST IMPORTANT BASEBALL GAME OF THE SUMMER, THE ANNUAL CHARITY GAME BETWEEN THE DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. A GUNMAN OPENED FIRE ON THE PRACTICE FIELD YESTERDAY. KIMBERLY GILL IS LIVE IN WASHINGTON. KIM?>>Kim: HI, DEVIN. GOOD EVENING! LET’S START WITH THE BEST NEWS OF ALL TODAY. MICHIGAN NATIVE MATT MIKA WHO TOOK THREE BULLETS TO THE CHEST IN YESTERDAY’S SHOOTING HAS BEEN UPGRADED FROM CRITICAL CONDITION TO SERIOUS CONDITION. I SPOKE WITH SEVERAL MEMBERS FROM THE MICHIGAN DELEGATION ABOUT WHAT COULD BE ACHIEVED ON THE BASEBALL DIAMOND AND HERE’S A LISTEN AT WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY.>>WHEN THE DECISION WAS MADE TO PLAY, I THOUGHT IT WAS THE RIGHT THING, BUT IT SUNK INTO ME NOW THAT IT’S PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT GAME WE’LL EVER PLAY.>>Kim: AND THEY WILL PLAY IN FRONT OF THE BIGGEST CROWD THEY’VE EVER SEEN. TICKET SALES HAVE BEEN BRISK SINCE YESTERDAY’S ATTACK. MORE THAN 20,000 TICKETS HAVE BEEN SOLD, A FRIENDLY GAME TAKI ON A MUCH BIGGER MEANING.>>PEOPLE WHO DON’T USUALLY GO TO THE GAME ARE GOING TONIGHT.>>THEY WERE ON A PROFESSIONAL FIELD TO REPRESENT OUR PARTIES. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY TONIGHT TO REPRESENT UNITY IN AMERICA.>>Kim: IT STARTS WITH THE UNIFORMS. THE PLAYERS USUALLY WEAR JERSEYS REPRESENTING THEIR LOCAL DISTRICT TEAMS AND TONIGHT WILL SUPPORT LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY UNIFORMS, A TRIBUTE TO THE CRITICALLY INJURED MAJORITY WHIP STEVE SCALISE. REPUBLICANS WILL WEAR BLACK AND THE DEMOCRATS WILL WEAR WHITE. BOTH A UNIFIED IN THE MESSAGE THEY’RE HOPING TO SEND.>>THIS IS ALMOST LIKE IN YOUR FACE, WE ARE NOT GONNA LET VIOLENCE AND SOMETHING AS DESTRUCTIVE TAKE AWAY THE AMERICAN SPIRIT.>>THE IDEA OF THE GAMES IS TO HAVE SOME BIPARTISANSHIP, SOME CAMARADERIE. I CAN’T THINK OF A MORE IMPORTANT TIME TO MAKE THE POINT AND PUSH BACK AGAINST ALL THE NEGATIVITY.>>THIS IS MORE THAN JUST A BALL GAME. THIS IS ABOUT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ACKNOWLEDGING THAT WE WILL NOT BE AFRAID. WE WILL NOT RUN. WE’RE STILL HERE AND WE’RE GONNA STAY STRONG AND CONTINUE TO WORK FOR THIS COUNTRY.>>Kim: CERTAINLY IS MORE THAN JUST A BALL GAME. HERE’S A LOOK AT THE IMPACT THE GAME WILL HAVE. AS OF NOON TODAY, THE FUND-RAISER WAS ON TRACK TO RAISE MORE THAN $1 MILLION. NOW, COMPARE THAT TO LAST YEAR’S GAME WHICH RAISED HALF AS MUCH AND THE MONEY WILL GO TO SEVERAL CHARITIES, THE WASHINGTON NATIONALS DREAM FOUNDATION. THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB, THE WASHINGTON LITERARY CENTER AND THE CAPITOL POLICE MEMORIAL FUND. SO A LOT OF CHARITIES BENEFITS FOR THE EVENT. AND RIGHT NOW, A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE PILING IN HERE AT THE GAME. I BELIEVE IT’S SCHEDULED TO BEGIN ABOUT 7:05 TONIGHT. WE REPORTED EARLIER THAT TICKET SALES WERE REALLY BRISK TODAY. THEY HAVE SOLD ABOUT 20,000, AND THAT WAS AS OF ABOUT 4:00 OR 5:00. NO WORD ON HOW MANY THEY SOLD. THE STADIUM SEATS A LITTLE MORE THAN 41,000 PEOPLE. WE’LL BE HERE ALL NIGHT TONIGHT FOR THE GAME. AND WE’LL HAVE LIVE REPORTS COMING UP ON LOCAL 4 NEWS AT 11:00. UNTIL THEN, BACK TO YOU DEVIN AND RHONDA.>>Devin: WE’LL LOOK FOR YOU THEN.

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