Although the weather in Washington looks headed toward a near-flawless summer night, an obvious and immovable shadow is being cast over Thursday night's Congressional Baseball Game - a tradition that began more than a century ago.
Trump, in a video message played at the game, said the event had "a much deeper level of meaning" because of the shooting.
Representatives on both teams chose to go forward with the game, which got underway at 7 p.m.
The GOP lawmakers' team was taking batting practice when gunshots rang out and chaos erupted.
While the lawmakers prayed, the record-crowd of 24,959 in attendance went silent.
"We need to play".
There was no immediate word from the baseball game's promoter on if it would be postponed in light of the attack.
Unable to sleep on Wednesday night, Congressman Roger Williams, who was also injured running for cover during the attack, said he found solace watching baseball on the MLB channel.
Griner and Bailey have been hailed as heroes after taking down the shooter.
But Scalise won't be the only victim of Wednesday's shooting honored at National Park Thursday night.
Senior US Republican congressman Steve Scalise is showing sign of improvement and is speaking with loved ones after being shot at a baseball game near Washington, DC last week. He is now in critical condition, but improving. "This game should show that we all come together in America's pastime". On Thursday, he underwent more surgery.
Sava said that after being released from the hospital, Scalise "will require a period of healing and rehabilitation".
"I'll miss the banter with him back and forth, but I'm sure there's some substitutes over there I can go pick a fight with", Richmond told reporters.
Tonight's game comes at a time of escalating partisan rancor on Capitol Hill and throughout the nation.
"I think after the election of President Trump, Democrats are going to be motivated to be pretty active in their chants".
The shooting raised questions about the security of members of Congress.
Congressman Steve Scalise, who was supposed to be playing second base for the Republican team, was instead lying in a hospital bed after being critically wounded in the hip.
Former Yankees manager Joe Torre walked toward the mound in what everyone suspected would be the ceremonial first pitch.
Played nearly every year since 1909, this year's congressional contest began with a moving tribute to the victims of the shooting, as well as the Capitol Police officers who helped take out the gunman.
Rep. Will Hurd told BuzzFeed News he brought his staff along with him, something he has previously done.
Despite the party atmosphere at the ball park, Larson said Wednesday's shooting cast "a pall" over the game. President Barack Obama attended the game in 2015. From the Democratic side of the stadium, there were boos.
The game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. The Capitol Police Memorial Fund was added as a beneficiary after the shooting.
"Rep. Scalise is a proud LSU alumnus and great supporter of the university, and we are proud to help out even in this small way", said LSU President F. King Alexander.