Dr. Anthony Fauci threw out the first pitch as the 2020 MLB season got underway Thursday at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., with a matchup between the defending-champion Nationals and the New York Yankees.

Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, stepped up to the mound wearing a Nationals cap, mask and jersey. The right-hander’s toss went way wide left and bounced well short of home plate.

Although there were no fans in the stands to offer an immediate reaction, that didn’t stop fans on social media from weighing in. Some on Twitter joked that Fauci’s pitch was practicing social distancing with home plate.


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