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Congressman Williams: ‘It’s Game Day’

Jun 14, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Roger Williams (R-Austin), manager of the Republican Congressional Baseball Team, will coach the players during the annual game at National’s Park this evening – exactly one year after a gunman opened fire at the GOP baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

“This year’s Congressional Baseball Game is very special to my teammates and me. This game marks one year since the horrific attack that forever changed who we are on and off the field,” said Rep. Williams. “My family and I remain forever grateful for Capitol Police Agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey. They are heroes and they serve as a constant reminder that God is in control.

“Tonight, we will show the world that once again we are not afraid. For three hours, Republicans and Democrats will put on our uniforms and put aside our ideological differences to come together for a bipartisan ballgame. The GOP is more than ready to win that trophy – this is our year.”

Zack Barth, legislative assistant for Williams, who sustained a gunshot wound last year, is also returning to the field with the rest of the team. Barth, along with other aides, attends practices and assists the members of the team.

“This team shares a bond of brotherhood because of June 14 that will never be broken. We have come a long way, as teammates and individuals, and it will be a true privilege to be in the dugout with my friends tonight,” said Barth. “We have looked great in practice, and I look forward to holding the trophy following a Republican victory.”

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