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By Houston Keene | Fox News

FIRST ON FOX: Five years after the fateful Alexandria, Virginia, shooting that saw him hospitalized and fighting for his life, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., thanked God and the “heroes” on the baseball field that day for saving him.

Scalise hopped on the phone with Fox News Digital for an exclusive interview five years after he and several other GOP lawmakers were nearly assassinated by a leftist gunman during a team practice ahead of the annual Congressional Baseball Game.

James T. Hodgkinson, a far-left former volunteer on Sen. Bernie Sanders’, I-Vt., presidential campaign, opened fire on a group of Republican lawmakers in June 2017 as they practiced for the annual Congressional Baseball Game. Scalise was shot and critically injured during the attack, requiring surgeries to save his life.

The number two House Republican said he was “feeling great” five years after he was shot by the gunman as well as thankful for the “heroes” that saved his life on the field that fateful June day.

“Lucky to be alive, but also just appreciative of the heroes that were on the ballfield that day,” Scalise said on Tuesday. “The Capitol Police, Virginia police, who saved all of us, and for God.”

“God just performed miracles that day on the ballfield, too,” the Republican whip continued. “So not a day that goes by where I don’t thank God for allowing me to still be here doing the things I love.”

Scalise said that, while he doesn’t have the “speed” that he had before the shooting, he would be “happy to drop a mic” on a single this year if he can get one.

“But I still get out there. I still get to field the ball at second base, and I’m definitely more mobile than I was,” Scalise said, adding that he is “working every day” and doing “physical therapy once a week to keep getting better.”

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