Doctor Anthony Fauci has become a pretty big national celebrity as the leading expert on the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, he will have the honor that is usually reserved for the president or other high ranking official. He'll throw out the first pitch of the 2020 MLB season. The season opener is between the Washington Nationals and the New York Yankees Thursday night.

While growing up in Brooklyn, Dr. Fauci was a New York Yankees fan, even though most of his neighborhood was full of Brooklyn Dodger fans.  Dr. Fauci grew up a sports fan playing baseball and we even the captain of his high school basketball team. At 5'7" I'm sure he wasn't a dominate inside player, but according to his high school, Regis High School, he was a good player.

I'm not sure when Dr. Fauci switched from being a New York Yankees fan to a Washington Nationals fan, but he apparently loves the Nationals. He's seen quite often wearing his Washington Nationals face mask during press conferences.

During Dr. Fauci's interviews and press conferences, he has cautioned that any professional sports will be dangerous during the coronavirus pandemic and precautions will need to be taken. He's said that professional sports will still need to take precautionary measures and adjust to an ever-changing situation. That includes social distancing, protective masks, and in all likelihood, spectator-less games. Currently, that's exactly what Major League Baseball is doing. Piped in crowd noise, cardboard fans in the seats, and no high fives from the players.

It's weird, but at least there's baseball.

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