White House Says Biden Won’t Throw Out First Field With The Washington Nationals On Opening Day After Fauci’s Dismal Show Last Year
- The White House said on Tuesday that President Joe Biden will not throw out the first pitch at the Washington Nationals’ home opener on Thursday.
- Press secretary Jen Psaki said: ‘It’s not on his schedule this week, but I certainly expect baseball fans to hear from him in the coming days’
- Biden’s decision to forgo tradition comes after Dr. Anthony Fauci threw a first pitch last year that failed to make home plate
- Fauci was still being ridiculed this week by former President Donald Trump, who said in a statement that it was a “ roller. ”
- Trump responded to the Nationals’ Fauci disapproval by announcing that he was throwing a pitch at Yankee Stadium, which surprised both the Yankees and the White House.
- Biden last threw a first pitch in 2009, at Baltimore’s Camden Yards, and made it to home plate
The White House said on Tuesday that President Joe Biden will not throw out the first pitch at the Washington Nationals’ home opener on Thursday.
“Well, let me say first that I know the president wants to go to Nationals Stadium, many beautiful days, many beautiful baseball games this spring,” said press secretary Jen Psaki. “It’s not on his schedule this week, but I certainly expect baseball fans to hear from him in the coming days.”
Biden’s decision to forgo the presidential tradition comes after Dr. Anthony Fauci threw out the first pitch last year, but was ridiculed for missing home plate completely.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki (left) said President Joe Biden (right) did not have Thursday’s home opener for the Washington Nationals on his schedule to throw out the first pitch, but said baseball fans would hearing from the president ‘in the next few days’
Dr. Anthony Fauci threw out the field at the Washington Nationals’ delayed home opener in late July and the ball made it nowhere near home plate
Fauci started the Major League Baseball season – which had been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic – in late July.
The country’s top infectious disease expert blamed his bad display on a sore arm.
“I completely destroyed my arm!” he told The Wall Street Journal, propagating it during a pitching practice session with a local high school student. “It went like a line drive to first base,” he admitted.
Fauci critics, namely former President Donald Trump, have still not let go of the field.
In a statement Trump sent Monday, the ex-president brought up the field when he accused Fauci of critical comments the doctor made about Trump’s COVID response to CNN’s Sanjay Gupta as part of the documentary ‘COVID WAR: The Pandemic Doctors Speak Out. ‘
Trump said that while Fauci “said he was an athlete in college,” he “couldn’t even throw a baseball even close to home plate.”
“It was a roller,” Trump said.
The Nationals’ decision to elect Fauci over Trump to appear on the home opener in 2020 has been interpreted as disapproval, as presidents usually get the credit.
Nationals fans famously booed Trump when he came to the stadium in 2019 in the run-up to the team’s World Series victory.
In response to the Nationals’ invitation to Fauci, Trump announced during a briefing with the coronavirus task force that he would throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the New York Yankees several weeks later.
The New York Times later reported that the announcement surprised both the White House and the Yankees, since that engagement was not scheduled.
Trump was not asked to appear on the date he mentioned, but asked aides to summon the Yankees and make up for a standing invitation after Fauci was selected to pitch for the Nationals.
Trump later canceled this trip to Yankees Stadium, saying he was too focused on the coronavirus to attend.
In addition to Fauci, Trump has also benefited from Biden’s lack of coordination, most notably his tumble on the stairs of Air Force One earlier this month.
That fall was terrible. It wasn’t really one, it was three, and for the most part it wasn’t mentioned in the lamestream media, ” Trump told Newsmax during a phone interview.
Biden last threw a first pitch in 2009 at Baltimore’s Camden Yards.
Dressed in khaki and a black polo shirt, Biden threw the ball straight to home plate.