If you can't make it to Nationals Park to watch the annual Congressional Baseball Game in person Thursday night, you can still catch some — or all — of the action on TV or online.
Ordinarily, an athletic contest pitting one squad laden with AARP-eligible amateurs against another would not be very exciting. But after Wednesday's shooting at the Republican team's baseball practice, the game has become a symbol of resilience and unity, making it far more compelling than the usual quest for partisan bragging rights.
C-SPAN has decided to air the game live for the first time since 1983. It had not planned to carry the game before the shooting but now is pulling together a telecast on short notice.
Unable to set up its own cameras at the stadium, C-SPAN will take a video feed provided by Major League Baseball, according to spokeswoman Robin Newton, and simulcast play-by-play audio from Federal News Radio (1500 AM in the Washington market).
Calling the game on Federal News Radio will be three journalists from sister station WTOP-FM: sports anchor George Wallace, Capitol Hill correspondent Dave McConnell and digital sports editor Noah Frank. Coverage begins with a pregame show at 6:30 p.m. Eastern, and the first pitch will be shortly after 7 p.m.
Viewers in the Washington market can catch the game on News Channel 8.
Other cable news channels will cover the game but won't show every pitch. CNN will broadcast Erin Burnett's show from Nationals Park at 7 p.m. and feature Jake Tapper's joint interview with House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) at 7:15. Anderson Cooper will host his 8 p.m. program from the stadium, too.
On Fox News, Martha MacCallum will anchor her 7 p.m. show outside Nationals Park, and Sean Hannity will do the same at 10. In between, Tucker Carlson and "The Five" will provide live updates from their regular studio sets.