Dr. Anthony Fauci, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases specialist and Coronavirus Task Force member, was invited to throw the first pitch for the Opening Day ceremony between the Washington Nationals and the New York Yankees.

And, well, he threw it. “Objectively speaking, it was terrible,” Twitchy reports.


Fox News reports the Washington Nationals were proud to announce that Fauci would be throwing the first pitch.

“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.

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.”

Several people online criticized Fauci for his unsuccessful throw:

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Fauci’s pitch was not the only pre-game incident that people are talking about

According to Fox News, every player knelt on the field during the playing of the National Anthem.