Anthony Fauci, the beloved spokesperson for the Trump administration on everything COVID, will be throwing out the first pitch at the opening game for the Washington Nationals.
Fauci, and ardent sports fan, has been known to wear a facemask decorated with symbols celebrating the Washington, DC team. He even wore it during his testimony to Congress about the coronavirus.
Although the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is happy baseball season is getting underway, after a four-month delay, it does not mean he is letting his guard down concerning the spread of the deadly virus.
Fauci advised that the baseball season needs to end before the cold temperatures of the autumn arrive, which many fear could make the virus even more contagious and deadly. Games will be played in empty stadiums, and Major League Baseball placed a ban on spitting.
When Fauci was asked to take on the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch, the Nationals released the following accompanying statement:
“Dr. Fauci has been a true champion for our country during the Covid-19 pandemic and throughout his distinguished career, so it is only fitting that we honor him as we kick off the 2020 season and defend our World Series Championship title.”
The Nationals won the World Series last year against the Houston Astros four games to three. It was the first time Washington DC won a World Series since 1924, and the first time since the Nationals game back to the city in 2005.
The team, delighted to share some of the praise with the doctor, referred to Fauci in a tweet as:
“World Series champion Dr. Anthony Fauci.”