But Fauci, 79, should have stuck with infectious disease – as he groped the ball straight into the ground.
Dressed in a Nationals jersey and a red mask, the 5-foot-7 right-hander bounced the ball off the grass, crossing the first baseline, very wide from home plate.
He was aiming for Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle, but he was just a little outside.
Brooklyn-born Nats fan Fauci had some pre-game hassles, telling the team’s Ryan Zimmerman he was “pretty nervous” about the pitch.
“Okay, don’t worry about that,” Zimmerman – who is out of the season for health reasons – replied in a tweeted video.
“If you bounce it, there’s no one to boo you. Then you will be good to go.
Shortly before the highly anticipated game, President Trump announced that he would pitch the opening pitch at Yankee Stadium on August 15.
Trump told reporters he was invited by his pal, Yankees President Randy Levine. He wonders how it would be without a crowd in the stands amid the pandemic.
“They say, ‘How is the crowd? “And you know it’s like you don’t have a crowd, there was nothing like it, it’s going to be interesting,” Trump said.