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LSU gear arrives at U.S. Capitol for tonight's baseball game honoring of Scalise

2 months 3 days 3 hours ago Thursday, June 15 2017 Jun 15, 2017 June 15, 2017 1:09 PM June 15, 2017 in News
Source: WBRZ

WASHINGTON, D.C. - LSU memorabilia – including purple and gold baseball hats – arrived at the U.S. Capitol shortly after lunch local D.C. time.

The items will be handed out and worn at Thursday night's charity baseball game that's taken on a new meaning – a show of support for Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise who was shot practicing for the game Wednesday morning. As of Thursday, his condition is still grave.

LSU sent boxes of items when it was decided the players – members of congress who compete in the competition as republicans vs. democrats – would wear LSU colors in honor of Scalise, an LSU graduate.

Interns were quickly running the LSU gear around the Capitol.

LSU shared pictures of the gear at the Capitol and created the social media hashtag #AllforScalise.

The baseball game starts at 6 p.m. Baton Rouge time. WBRZ will stream the game live on the WBRZ Channel 2 Facebook page.

Typically, the game attracts about 10,000 spectators.  Officials said by Thursday afternoon, there was so much support for the game, they'd sold double the number of tickets as 2016 - so far, more than 20,000.  The game usually raises about $600,000 for charity; Thursday, it appeared to have already raised about $1 million. 

Click HERE for the latest on U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, a republican from Metairie.   

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