Reclaiming bases: Steve Scalise to return to baseball diamond a year after near-fatal shooting

Few surveying the blood- and bullet-strewn Virginia ballfield where Steve Scalise was shot a year ago would’ve expected the Jefferson Parish Republican to be where he is now.

He’ll be throwing on a baseball uniform Thursday evening — most likely topped off with a gold LSU jersey in a nod to his beloved alma mater in Baton Rouge — and heading to a charity congressional ballgame between Democrats and Republicans at Washington Nationals Park.

Scalise is penciled into the GOP’s starting lineup at his old spot, second base, coach and Texas GOP Rep. Roger Williams told the Associated Press. The scrappy 52-year-old might even get a chance to square up in the batter’s box against New Orleans Rep. Cedric Richmond, a longtime friend and the Democrats’ star pitcher…


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