Dr. Anthony Fauci To Throw First Pitch For Washington Nationals’ Season Opener
by Rachel Treisman/npr.org
When America’s pastime officially returns on Thursday, it will be ushered in by none other than the country’s leading infectious disease expert.
The Washington Nationals announced Monday that Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day.
The reigning World Series champions will play the New York Yankees at home to kick off the regular season, which has been shortened from 162 to 60 games by the coronavirus pandemic.
“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 team said in a statement.
Fauci has been one of the country’s most visible public health experts throughout the coronavirus pandemic. He has also been vocal about his love of the Nats.