Dr. Fauci Opens MLB Season with First Pitch That Goes Horribly Wrong


When it comes to ceremonial first pitches in Major League Baseball, the awful ones tend to go far more viral than the good ones.

Of course, this isn’t to say no one will remember you if you throw out a perfect strike.

Who could forget then-President George W. Bush’s first pitch at the old Yankee Stadium prior to Game 3 of the 2001 World Series (just weeks after terrorists killed thousands in the Sept. 11 terror attacks)?

For the most part, though, it’s the bad ones that grab headlines.

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There was the first pitch prior to a Chicago White Sox home game last year that hit the cameraman in the face.

There was the dinosaur mascot who attempted to throw out the first pitch prior to a Texas Rangers game last August — and failed just about as badly as you might imagine.

Was this the worst first pitch you've ever seen?

Unfortunately for Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, people will likely be remembering his first pitch opening the 2020 MLB season — and not in a good way.

Fauci’s flub came prior to the Opening Day game Thursday between the Washington Nationals and New York Yankees at Nationals Park.

As seen below, the pitch was just a bit outside.

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Well, maybe more than a bit — the baseball didn’t even make it to the dirt surrounding the batter’s box:

Here it is again, in case you want to watch the three-second clip on repeat:

As one might imagine, there was no short supply of jokes on Twitter:

Fauci may have butchered the first pitch, but no doubt he would agree with fellow baseball fans on one thing: It’s good to have baseball back.

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Joe Setyon was a deputy managing editor for The Western Journal who had spent his entire professional career in editing and reporting. He previously worked in Washington, D.C., as an assistant editor/reporter for Reason magazine.
Joe Setyon was deputy managing editor for The Western Journal with several years of copy editing and reporting experience. He graduated with a degree in communication studies from Grove City College, where he served as managing editor of the student-run newspaper. Joe previously worked as an assistant editor/reporter for Reason magazine, a libertarian publication in Washington, D.C., where he covered politics and wrote about government waste and abuse.
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