I’d not heard of the annual Congressional Baseball Game – played by members of Congress for charity – until the June 14 attack by a gunman on the Republican players at a morning practice game.
Four people, including Congressman Steve Scalise [R-LA], were wounded in the attack. Even so, the game will be played as scheduled.
Such a game is a good idea for several reasons. It’s comparable to celebrities participating in games and sports to raise money for charity, and to call attention to their own interests – such as an actor staring in a new movie. In this case, in addition to raising money for charities, the players call attention to government and politics – and show a normal human side to elected members of Congress.
A great opportunity has been missed in the past by the game not being televised by one of the major networks – ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC – to call more attention tot he event, charities, and participating members of Congress. Live Tv coverage of the game would help to raise more money for the charities.
Excerpts from NOLA:
- It was more than 100 years ago, in 1909, that members of Congress started the tradition of squaring off in an annual congressional baseball game. This year’s contest, however — to be played Thursday night (June 15) to benefit charity — will be more than a game.
- A day after House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) was among four people shot by a gunman during an early-morning practice of the Republican team at a suburban Virginia ballpark, the game has become symbolic of something bigger. When it was announced to House members later Wednesday that the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity would go on as scheduled, a cheer erupted.
- Safe to say, given the wall-to-wall coverage of the shooting on the three major broadcast networks, as well as the 24-hour cable news nets, interest in this year’s game also extends far beyond Washington. So, how can you tune in?
- On Facebook, the game will be streamed live through the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity’s page, according to a game spokeswoman. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. CT from Nationals Park in Washington.
- In addition, EW.com and Deadline are both reporting that the public affairs cable network C-SPAN will televise the game. Coverage will also reportedly be streamed via the C-SPAN website, although viewers must log in with their television provider in order to view the live stream. (A call to C-SPAN to confirm the broadcast had yet to be returned as of Thursday morning.)
The Facebook link is good…
I don’t yet see it in the published schedule for C-Span, C-Span 2, or C-Span 3.
Special Report and Editorial Article by Jim Lantern in Norman Oklahoma USA
12:00pm CT Thursday – 15 June 2017