The Washington Nationals announced that Dr. Anthony Fauci will throw the first pitch on Opening Day.
Dr. Fauci is the nation's leading expert on infectious disease, and he is also a fan of the reigning World Series champs. The Washington Nationals announced on Twitter, "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 Major League Baseball season was delayed because of the pandemic. Now, The Nationals-Yankees matchup will take place on Thursday at 7:08 pm, ET. According to CBS Sports, no fans will be present at the national park. A game will follow the Nationals-Yankees matchup, and that'll be between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers.
NPR reports that the usual 162 games have been shortened to 60 games.
Dr. Fauci showed that he is a big fan in many ways. Last month, he wore a face mask with the Washington National's logo as he testified alongside members of the White House coronavirus task force at a congressional hearing. In April, the Major League had to suspend the season and went on hiatus. Fauci spoke on the Major League to resume their activities. He proposed that there will be no spectators to watch them. Fauci said, "I think you'll probably get enough buy-in from people who are dying to see a baseball game, particularly me. I'm living in Washington, we have the world champion Washington Nationals. I want to see them play again."