Dr. Fauci to throw out first pitch for Yankees-Nationals season-opener

Chris Lingebach
July 20, 2020 - 6:40 pm

Noted Nationals fan Dr. Anthony Fauci will open the long-awaited 2020 MLB season by throwing out the first pitch at Nationals Park on Thursday.

The Nationals have confirmed Dr. Fauci will throw out the ceremonial first pitch ahead of their Opening Day game against the New York Yankees.

"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 our invitation to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day, Thursday, July 23," the team said in a 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 Nats-Yankees season-opener will also serve as the MLB season-opener, to be broadcast nationally on ESPN with the first pitch scheduled for 7:08 p.m. ET.

Dr. Fauci revealed himself to be a Nationals fan in April, when discussing the possibility of sports returning without spectators as a necessary consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying at the time, "I'm living in Washington. We have the world champion Washington Nationals. I want to see them play again!"