Fauci to throw out first pitch for Washington Nationals home opener

Fauci to throw out first pitch for Washington Nationals home opener
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Anthony FauciAnthony FauciUS to restrict travel from eight African nations over new COVID-19 concerns Israel warns of looming emergency after its first case of omicron, new COVID-19 variant Five things to know about omicron, new COVID-19 'variant of concern' MORE will throw out the first pitch of the Washington Nationals home opener on Thursday, according to a Monday afternoon announcement from the team. 

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"Dr. Fauci has been a true champion for our country during the Covid-19 pandemic and throughout his distinguished career, so it is only fitting that we honor him as we kick off the 2020 season and defend our World Series Championship title," the team wrote in an official statement. 

The Nationals are playing the New York Yankees and Fauci, a native of Brooklyn who now lives in Washington, D.C., has said he's a fan of both teams. He has appeared in public several times in recent weeks wearing a Washington Nationals face mask.

Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a prominent member of the White House coronavirus task force, has been among the most trusted sources of information for Americans during the coronavirus pandemic. 

A recent poll from The New York Times and Siena College showed 76 percent of respondents saying they trusted Fauci for "accurate information" about the pandemic. In the same poll, just 26 percent said they trusted President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel faces double-edged sword with Alex Jones, Roger Stone Trump goes after Woodward, Costa over China Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves MORE on coronavirus information.

Trump was loudly booed when attending a World Series game in October in Washington, D.C., but has been cheered at other sporting events, including the college football national championship game between LSU and Clemson at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. 

The former real estate mogul has thrown out first pitches at two game — in 2006 in Boston and 2000 at Chicago's Wrigley Field — but hasn't done so as president.