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Ruiz recognizes Hemet High at Congressional baseball game

By in Press Enterprise on June 16, 2017

By Craig Shultz

Congressman Raul Ruiz wore a Hemet High School baseball uniform when he played in the annual Congressional baseball game Thursday, June 15 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

Ruiz, D-La Quinta, was the lead-off hitter for the Democrats and played second base. He hit a single in his first at bat, stole second base and scored the first run of what became an 11-2 victory for the Democrats.

It’s a great bipartisan tradition I look forward to every year #CongressionalBaseballGame

— Raul Ruiz (@CongressmanRuiz) June 15, 2017

Reppin’ the @GoYardGoats at the #CongressionalBaseballGame. With Rep. Ruiz.

— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) June 15, 2017

Ruiz wears a jersey from one of the schools in his Congressional district each year to honor the students, spokeswoman Alex Macfarlane wrote in an email.

“In particular, this year he picked Hemet to honor the former students of the school whose lives were lost in Iraq and Afghanistan,” she wrote. “He plans on presenting the jersey to the school in a ceremony later this year.”

With five lives lost, Hemet High has had more graduates killed in the conflicts in the Middle East than any other high school in Riverside County. At one point, it had given more of its graduates in the line of duty than any school nationally.

The run-up to the game was marred by a shooting the previous day during the Republican team’s practice that injured Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others.

Ruiz sent out a message of unity before the game.

“We’re going to come together and symbolize that we should not live our lives in fear and also that we should display unity and our humanity,” he said.

Ruiz said while it’s OK to disagree, violence is not an answer.

“It’s not OK to turn the argument […]    

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