The Washington Nationals said Monday that– the country’s leading infectious disease expert and self-proclaimed fan of the – will kick off the opening day pitch when the team host the New York Yankees on Thursday night.“Dr Fauci has been a true champion for our country during the COVID-19 pandemic and throughout his distinguished career, so it is fitting that we honor him as we begin the 2020 season and defend our championship title. World Series, ”the Nationals tweeted.
theThere will be no fans on opening day at Nationals Park and it will be followed by a game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to CBS Sports. The MLB season has been shortened to 60 games. has been delayed for a long time due to the coronavirus pandemic. The league’s spring training was suspended in March due to the outbreak, but teams resumed preparations this month. The Nationals-Yankees game kicks off Thursday at 7:08 p.m. ET.
Fauci, who was one of the main members of the, was spotted in June wearing an outfit themed around during a testimony on Capitol Hill.