Going back to William Howard Taft, it has been tradition for Presidents to throw out the first pitch during baseball’s opening day. The tradition, like many others ended with the presidency of Donald Trump. Trump did attend a World Series game in Washington last year, but received mostly boos from the crowd.
With the President out of the picture, teams have to look for other figures to continue on the tradition. The Nationals did just that and announced that Dr. Anthony Fauci will throw out the first pitch during Thursday’s game against the Yankees.
The team wrote is a press release:
“The Washington Nationals are thrilled to announce that Nats super-fan, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has accepted out invitation to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day, Thursday, July 23.
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 out World Series Championship title.”
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 20, 2020
Fauci, a major baseball fan, is commonly seen sporting a Washington Nationals facemask.
The White House has yet to respond to the team’s announcement.
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