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Fauci throws first pitch on Opening Day for the Washington Nationals

Fauci is also a Nationals fan, sporty a Nats-themed mask as he testified before Congress last month. During a interview at The New York Times in April, Fauci said he played baseball since childhood. Native Brooklynite said he grew up supporting the New York Yankees, but since moving to the DC area, “ I don’t think there’s a place where I relax more than sitting in Nats Park and my now world champion Nats watching that a game. “

Still, Fauci has expressed caution when returning to sports venues, where large crowds of screaming fans can pose a high risk for the spread of the corona virus. He advised the season ends through fall, worried that cooler weather could make conditions more dangerous for players.

Major League Baseball too announced measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus last month, including a ban on spitting. The start of the season was postponed to Thursday, four months after the initial scheduled start. The season will also be significantly shortened and played in empty stadiums – at least until it is safe to gather in large groups again.

The Nationals shocked DC last year when they won the World Series, the first for the city since 1924 and the first for the team since returning to Washington in 2005. On Monday, the team was eager to share some of the glory, calling Fauci in a tweet: “World Series champion Dr. Anthony Fauci.”