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Dr. Anthony Fauci to throw out first pitch as Nationals face Yankees on Opening Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Dr. Anthony Fauci will throw out the fist pitch Thursday as The Nationals face the New York Yankees on Opening Day of the shortened 2020 Major League Baseball season.

Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases who lives in the capital, is a fan of both the Nationals and the the Yankees. The Brooklyn, New York native has been lauded for his work as the country’s main expert during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Dr. Fauci has been a true champion for our country during the COVID-19 pandemic and throughout his distinguished career,” the Washington Nationals said in a release. “So it is only fitting that we honor him as we kick off the 2020 season and defend our World Series championship title.”

Fauci said in April that was anticipating seeing both teams play this year.

“I think you’ll probably get enough buy-in from people who are dying to see a baseball game, particularly me,” he told reporters. “We have the world champion Washington Nationals. I want to see them play again.”