Dr Anthony Fauci was the butt of many jokes on Thursday when his first launch to start the 2020 season was left.
But the next day, the White House Coronavirus Task Force member told the Wall Street Journal that his pitch was way off because he had played catch-up the night before to warm up – and that had left him hurt.
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“My arm was hanging around my shoes,” he said.
He said he was just going to throw it and see what happened.
“Instead of doing my normal movement of just throwing the ball, which would’ve been the best thing I could do, I thought, ‘Oh, baby, I’d better put a lot of different punch in it,'” said Fauci in the Journal. ” And I did. And you saw what happened.
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Fauci is a huge fan of the Nationals, and it was fitting that he gave the ceremonial speech, as he continues to lead the United States during the coronavirus pandemic.
“The Washington Nationals are delighted to announce that Nats super-fan Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has accepted our invitation to launch the first ceremonial pitch on the day of opening Thursday, July 23, ”the Nationals said in a statement last week.
The statement continued: “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 pay tribute to him as we begin the 2020 season and defend our World Series championship title.
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Dan Canova of Fox News contributed to this report.