The traditional Congressional Baseball Game was played Thursday night at Washington's Nationals Park. A gunman opened fire at the GOP practice Wednesday morning in Alexandria, Va.
The sun danced and dipped through a bright blue sky over Nationals Park Thursday night, leaving a warm still evening in its wake.
"What a beautiful day for baseball," blared a voice over the loudspeakers, after Bruce Springsteen's "Glory Days" faded out, and John Fogerty's "Centerfield" finished, too.
Even so, a poignant and immovable shadow cast itself over Thursday's annual congressional baseball game.