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.
Just a bit outside!!! pic.twitter.com/pf7hA99z3n
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 24, 2020
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:
RT if you can throw a pitch better than Fauci pic.twitter.com/9RggV60cW4
— Jillian Anderson (@Jillie_Alexis) July 24, 2020
Fauci’s pitch was as on point as his covid assessment.
— Kaya Jones (@KayaJones) July 24, 2020
Dr. Fauci's opening day pitch was about as on-target as his COVID predictions.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) July 24, 2020
This is legit a representation of all his statements and predictions these past months. Spot on.
— james (@ladyjamesg) July 24, 2020
That man has been off of the mark from the beginning, so it stands to reason that his pitch would also be off the mark lol.
— The Deplorable You Deserve (@LewWhite8) July 24, 2020
Holy crap, the only thing less accurate than this mans pitching is his so called medical expertise relating to Covid 🤣🤣🤣🤣
— Frank M (@Frank_Morgan77) July 24, 2020
Count that as a covid death
— Walter Goodman 🟧 (@forsythe2150) July 23, 2020
And he naturally throws it to the left …
— Jane A (@Trainma53) July 24, 2020
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.
Every player and coach on the Yankees & Nationals took a knee before the national anthem tonight in D.C.
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 23, 2020