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Dr. Anthony Fauci’s first pitch was juuust a bit outside

Anthony Frauci first pitch

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 23: Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci reacts after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game between the New York Yankees and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on Thursday, July 23, 2020 in Washington, District of Columbia. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Insitute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, threw out the first pitch prior to the first game of the 60-game 2020 regular season. Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle received the pitch, but it was -- to quote the great Bob Uecker -- juuust a bit outside.

Fauci, an avowed Nationals fan, appeared happy to have the honor nevertheless. Thankfully, no fans were in attendance to chide him on the wide offering.

The offense came early on Opening Day. Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run home run off of Max Scherzer in the top of the first inning. Adam Eaton got one of those runs back with a solo homer off of Gerrit Cole in the bottom half. Aaron Judge made it a 3-1 game with an RBI double in the third.

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