House Majority Whip Steve Scalise said he can’t begin to describe how good it is to finally get ready for Thursday night’s charity baseball game between Republican and Democratic lawmakers.
Scalise, R-La., made his comments during an interview on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” at Washington Nationals ballpark, site of the annual game between Republicans and Democrats.
It was exactly a year ago when Scalise was seriously wounded by a gunman while Republicans were practicing for the 2017 game.
“Oh my gosh,” Scalise said when asked how it felt to get set for the game. “You can’t describe it. Just to look around and know I will be able to walk out there again – maybe with a little bit of help. But I’ll be actually able to play.”
Scalise recalled the moments after he was shot while practicing at second base.
“I just started crawling then my arms gave out and couldn’t do anything at that point,” he said. “So, I just started to pray. I said a lot of prayers and through the grace of God and marvels of medicine, I’m here.”
His recalled his condition was grave once he was hospitalized.
“Yeah, you know, the first few hours, there were at least two times that my surgeons said they didn’t think I would make it through the night. Luckily I did.”
Scalise will be starting at second base for the Republicans when the team takes the field Thursday night.
And he joked: “I earned the starting job back again. Look, that was great. But that tells you how bad the talent level is that a guy like me, who can barely walk out there right now, can make it.”
Scalise’s memoir, “Back in the Game,” is set for release in November, according to the New York Post.
It will center on his shooting. The gunman, James Hodgkinson died following a shootout with police.
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