President Donald Trump will be tossing the first pitch at Yankee Stadium on opening day for the Major League Baseball season, and is getting in some practice by throwing shade at Dr. Anthony Fauci’s poor attempt at the Nationals’ game.
Fauci, a National’s super fan, threw the ceremonial first pitch at Washington Nationals’ home opener against the Yankees on Thursday. But the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases soon found out that even though his team won the World Series last season, it didn’t mean he had the ability to throw a strike.
The doctor’s poor attempt at a pitch hooked so far outside of home plate that the catcher had to stand up to walk after it. Donald Trump Jr. heckled Fauci on Twitter with a clip of the video and a jeer: “Just a bit outside!!!”
Just a bit outside!!! pic.twitter.com/pf7hA99z3n
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 24, 2020
Prior to the game, the Nationals and Yankees teams collectively kneeled during the National Anthem but stood for the Star-Spangled Banner.
Every player and coach on the Yankees & Nationals took a knee before the national anthem tonight in D.C.
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 23, 2020
During an interview with Sean Hannity on Thursday, President Trump expressed his optimism that players would stand during the anthem at the Yankee’s game. While he’s excited that baseball has returned, “I hope everyone’s standing; I hope they’re not going to be kneeling when the flag is raised,” he stated. “That would hurt a lot of people in our country.”
He went on to say: “There are plenty of places you can protest. You don’t have to protest on the raising of our flag.”
For Trump, who has thrown ceremonial first pitches at both major and minor league games in the past, this will be his first pitch as President of the United States. Hopefully he retained the skillset he developed as a baseball player in high school and will put Fauci’s attempt to shame.