Last night was the beginning of major league baseball. The ceremonial first pitch was thrown by Anthony Fauci. The pitch was a total whiff and Fauci came out to the mound wearing his facial mask. He kept it up during his pitch but was photographed in the stands later with it taken off. Last night had two baseball games and today another 16 will take place around the country.
Typically the season-opening ceremonial first pitch is thrown by the President. This year the selection of Anthony Fauci had some raising their eyebrows but it’s not a surprise that President Trump didn’t participate with the league. Major league sports has been somewhat of a political hot potato as various players and teams have started kneeling before games and during the national anthem.
Fans watching the game spotted Mr. Fauci sitting in the stands without a mask. This goes against all of his own guidance and is extra notable with a recent announcement from the NFL. Last week, leaders at the NFL said fans attending games at stadiums will be required to wear masks at all times.
The President has been critical of major league sports of all kinds. The wave of athletes who choose to kneel when the US National Anthem is played has become a disgraceful display. The President stiffed the league last year when the World Series took place in Washington DC. He stated that it was his choice not to throw an opening pitch for the world series but he did attend a game.
Anthony Fauci is the Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infections Diseases. The Washington Nationals selected and made their announcement on Monday. The team issued a public statement when they made the announcement:
“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,”Washington Nationals Press Statement
The league has been in a state of hiatus. Baseball typically starts in April but the nationwide pandemic shutdowns have complicated events and travel. All sports leagues have had to cease operations and focus on reinventing their methods of competing. At this point the season has been cut 3 months short and several teams are still struggling to make plans.