Like other Republican lawmakers who were on that field in Alexandria, Virginia, Scalise was preparing for the annual Congressional Baseball Game that - despite the horrific shooting - continued as scheduled on Thursday evening.
The Democrats won the game, 11-2. "That's the source of unity and more than ever we must embrace it".
The Capitol Police Memorial Fund was added to the list of charities that will receive money raised by the game in honour of two members of Mr Scalise's security detail who were at the Wednesday practise session and returned fire. That's about twice much as the event raised a year ago.
"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stood side by side to shout: "Let's play ball!" and the crowd chanted "U-S-A!
The morning after visiting Scalise in the hospital, Trump said the congressman's challenges are "more difficult" than first thought. U.S. Capitol Police officers Agent David Bailey and Crystal Griner were both injured in the attack, as was congressional staffer Zach Barth, who works under Rep. Roger Williams.
When the members of the Republican team were announced at Nationals Park, mention of Mr Scalise's name drew a standing ovation from the areas designated for Republican, Democrat and nonpartisan fans alike.
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Though Scalise was conscious at the scene after he was shot and his office said he talked to his wife before his first surgery, he was in shock by the time he arrived at the hospital, according to Sava.
The game, which dates to 1909 and is a summertime tradition on Capitol Hill, is a rare example of bipartisanship in an increasingly polarized Washington.
CNN's Manu Raju reported Thursday that Scalise remained in critical condition after coming out of his latest surgery.
The Republican congressional baseball team had been practising for Thursday's annual charity game between Democrats and Republicans when the gunman attacked shortly after 7am. "The game will go on", he said.
"While the president would like to attend the game and show his support for all of these fearless public servants, he has been advised that there is not enough time to follow Secret Service protocols", the press secretary said. "He is grateful for the fearless actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues", his office said in a previous statement at 2:30 p.m. EST.