Dr. Anthony Fauci got the MLB season started with the ceremonial first pitch, but things didn’t go according to plan.
Fauci ensured the ball was socially distant from the catcher’s mitt as he threw a wild pitch. He held onto the ball too long, and it went trailing off to the side.
Most people probably assumed the pitch was so awful because, well, he’s not a pitcher. But we’ve seen other celebrities throw out ceremonial first pitches that landed pretty well. So what was wrong with Fauci? He told the Wall Street Journal that it was partly because he was trying too hard.
“Instead of doing my normal motion of just lobbing the ball, which would’ve been the best thing to do, I thought, ‘Oh, baby, I better put a lot of different oomph into it,’” Fauci said. “And I did. And you saw what happened.”
Fauci added that he “completely destroyed” his arm while playing catch a few days before his Opening Day pitch. He said his arm was “hanging down around my shoes.”
Even though the pitch was terrible, the moment was memorable. And Topps decided to honor the moment with a specialized card, which set records.
“Topps prides itself on capturing the unique moments of the MLB season, one baseball card at a time, and Dr. Fauci’s inclusion in this year’s Topps NOW cards is just one way in which we are highlighting the uniqueness of the 2020 season,” Emily Kless, Topps’ communications manager, told USA Today.
As to why Fauci was brought out in the first place, the Nationals felt it was right.
“Dr. Fauci has been a true champion for our country during the COVID-10 pandemic and throughout his distinguished career, so it is only fitting that we honor him as we kick off the 2020 season and defend our World Series Championship title,” the team said in a statement.
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