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Max Scherzer on Dr. Fauci throwing the first pitch: ‘I think it’s very fitting‘

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WASHINGTON -- Max Scherzer will be the first pitcher to throw an official pitch in the 2020 Major League Baseball season. However, Dr. Anthony Fauci will be the first person to deliver from the mound (or near it) in Nationals Park.

Fauci is scheduled to throw the ceremonial first pitch before the Nationals and New York Yankees play Thursday night in Nationals Park. Scherzer is appreciative of the decision.

“I think it’s very fitting considering we’re restarting in the middle of a pandemic,” Scherzer said. “Dr. Fauci, what his leadership has meant for this country, for him to be out there throwing the first pitch, I think that’s a big signal to our country what that means -- we can do this.

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“I think he believes in it, if we follow the protocols we can make the season work. Follow the experts on this. I think it’s a good representation of what the country should be focusing on.”

Fauci, who grew up a Brooklyn Dodgers fan, has evolved into a Nationals fan since the team restarted baseball in the District in 2005. He even recently wore a Nationals mask on his way to testify before Congress.

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