July 20, 2020

Dr. Fauci To Throw First Pitch On Washington Nationals Opening Day

Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top infectious disease expert who’s a large contributor to the nation’s response to the pandemic of COVID-19, will be throwing the first pitch on Opening Day for the Washington Nationals baseball team Thursday, according to the team.

“The Washington Nationals are thrilled to announce that Nat’s super-fan Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has accepted our invitation to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day,. Thursday July 23,” an official statement read.

The statement continued, “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.”

But Fauci, who has long advocated for lockdowns, social distancing, and has flip-flopped on the efficacy of mask-wearing, was quickly criticized for the upcoming event by some on social media. Moreover, Fauci said of a football season starting up again that it couldn’t be done “unless players are essentially in a bubble.” It’s unclear if he will be throwing the first pitch from inside a bubble.

Some critics pointed to the fact that the President of the country historically throws the first pitch, suggesting the team may have dodged an offer to President Trump for Fauci.