The Washington Nationals host the New York Yankees on Thursday in the first game of the 2020 MLB season. Before the game gets officially underway, the Nationals will welcome Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, the team 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."
I like this move by the Nationals. Dr. Fauci has been a voice of reason for Americans during these strange times, and he deserves to be honored in a way like this. He's also come out and said numerous times that he is a big Nationals fan.
My only concern is the social distancing aspect of this move. It seems like teams shouldn't have any more people at the ballpark than necessary, so I'm curious to see how they'll go about having Dr. Fauci throw out the first pitch on Thursday.
Of course, some people will also make this political, too, but what do you expect in today's society?