Washington Nationals announce Dr. Anthony Fauci will throw out first pitch on Opening Day

Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

The 2020 MLB season is just days away and Opening Day will begin in style on Thursday with Dr. Anthony Fauci now set to throw out the first pitch before the New York Yankees-Washington Nationals game.

Dr. Anthony Fauci to throw out first pitch for MLB Opening Day

Dr. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been a trusted voice and leading figure in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic. With baseball set to return in Washington D.C., Fauci will kick things off by throwing out the first pitch.

The Washington Nationals made the news official Monday, announcing Fauci accepted the team’s invitation to throw the ceremonial pitch on Thursday.

It’s not only a fantastic way to honor Fauci for his help during the pandemic, but it also will be a chance of a lifetime for him. He is an avid fan of the Nationals, even wearing a mask with the team’s logo on it during major appearances.

Fauci has expressed support for MLB’s return amid the pandemic and now he will play a role in baseball’s return. Now, fans can just begin the countdown until the MLB season finally begins.