UPDATE, July 26: Trump said on Twitter on Sunday that the field has been postponed to ‘later in the season.’ He mentioned a busy schedule because of the reason he can’t make it to the Bronx on Saturday nights for three weeks.
Due to my strong focus on the China Virus, including scheduled meetings on vaccines, our economy and much more, I will not be able to be in New York to open the opening field for the @Yankees on August 15. We’ll make it later in the season!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2020
President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he will throw a ceremonial first pitch for a Yankees game this season, and he has given a specific date: August 15, when the Bombers play the Red Sox in a game broadcast by Fox Sports. .
The Yankees, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, confirmed that there will be a first throw but gave no date. Trump said team president Randy Levine had asked him to come to the Bronx to make the pitch.
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Trump made the announcement during a coronavirus briefing with reporters in the White House. Also in attendance was Yankees legend Mariano Rivera, who was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in January. Rivera received Trump’s Congressional Medal of Freedom last September.
Trump acknowledged that he would make his pitch in an empty Yankee Stadium. Fans are not allowed in MLB parks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The president’s announcement also came before Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and one of the top White House coronavirus task force members, threw the first pitch of the season for the Yankees Nationals competition in Washington. Trump alternated between support and opposition to Fauci during the corona virus pandemic.