Dr. Anthony Fauci will throw out the first pitch at MLB’s opening day

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The pandemic is still raging here in America and the Trump administration is bored with talking about a public health crisis. From what I gather, Donald Trump will only pay attention to a subject unless he can bully someone or declare someone the “enemy” so that’s why Trump and his people have been focused on calling the coronavirus the “China virus” (see, because China is “the enemy”). But they got bored with that too, so that’s why the Trumpers are attacking Anthony Fauci now. He’s “the enemy” because he’s a doctor, he tries to educate the public about the pandemic and people listen to his cautious words. I would guess that more people trust Fauci than Trump. Which is why this is kind of funny: the Washington Nationals have invited Dr. Fauci to throw the first pitch on Major League Baseball’s opening day.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert and one of the longest serving federal health officials in the United States, will be throwing the first pitch on Major League Baseball’s opening day. The Washington Nationals made the announcement on Monday, saying in a statement that they are “thrilled” to have the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, 79, throw the ceremonial pitch.

“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 team’s statement read.

The Nationals will play the New York Yankees on Thursday as the kick-off for a shorten MLB season due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The MLB announced its decision to delay its season opener in March when the league postponed spring training. At the time, the organization said the postponement done “in the interests of the safety and well-being of our players, Clubs and our millions of loyal fans.”

In June, Fauci recommended that the MLB season take place only within the summer months out of concern for the novel coronavirus. “If the question is time, I would try to keep it in the core summer months and end it not with the way we play the World Series, until the end of October when it’s cold,” said in an interview with The Los Angeles Times. “I would avoid that.”

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Obviously I’m not a virologist but I don’t understand why scientists believe that the virus will be worse in the autumn or that hot summer months will mean less of a spread? Because we can see that’s not the case – as soon as it got warmer, there was a huge spike in infections in America. There were people going to pools and beaches, people wanting to eat in restaurants and people hanging out together indoors, in air conditioned spaces (the virus spreads in confined spaces with AC). Anyway, I’m glad baseball is aligning itself with Dr. Fauci rather than the unhinged orange one. You know Trump was mad about it. Oh, I just saw this: apparently, Trump was asked to throw out the first pitch but he declined. That’s because the last time he attended a National game, the crowd greeted him with boos and chants of “lock him up.” LMAO.

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  1. Lightpurple says:

    Good for him!

  2. Eleonor says:

    Trump going after Fauci is beyond ridiculous.
    The man is highly regarded in the scientific community, and luckily people trust him.

  3. Traveler says:

    It lost it’s positive impact for me when you said that Drumpf was asked first and declined. He should never have been considered. AT ALL.

  4. Cupcake says:

    Awww I love this! I’ve been getting excited about MLB starting this week and this seems like such a fitting first pitch. Yay Dr. Fauci!

  5. Chaine says:

    I’m kind of creeped out by this. We are still in the middle of a pandemic and he is one of our main medical experts yet all of the sudden he is some kind of entertainment celebrity modeling for magazine covers and throwing out MLB pitches? It seems very surreal. I mean, when we reach 150,000 deaths will he announce he is going to be on Dancing With the Stars.

  6. Aimee says:

    But there will be no fans to boo Trump if he threw out the first pitch. My guess is he’s lying about being asked. lol

  7. lizziebuck says:

    In a perfect world, where the nation’s leader takes things such as a pandemic seriously, we would have seen a lull in infections. Viruses like this thrive in colder weather. If we’d been wearing masks and socially distancing and staying home during the spring, we would have been able to enjoy a more normal summer. But, thanks to The Orange One, coronavirus is raging here, unlike in other parts of the world. And it will continue raging as we enter autumn.

    (For some reason, the comments aren’t showing for me, so sorry if I duplicated someone’s comment.)

  8. lw says:

    Hi, virologist working for a global public health agency responding to COVID here! Most scientists do NOT think that the virus will be worse in the autumn or winter. While that theory did float around for a while, there is extremely limited evidence supporting it. That being said, many of us are VERY concerned about COVID and flu co-circulating together, especially if we can’t get a handle on COVID before flu season. Everyone PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE get your flu shot.

    also, if anyone has questions about COVID, I am happy to answer them.

  9. EviesMom says:

    I think the idea of a ‘boom’ in the fall is because we will be in more indoor spaces whereas now we are indoor and outdoor. Indoor spaces seem to allow Covid to transmit quicker? But it also seems to spread quick whether people are inside or outside. Flu & Covid together in the fall is going to be bonkers. I’m worried and I live somewhere that the curve has been flattened – could not imagine the anxiety if I lived anywhere in the states right now …