The Washington Nationals announced that they would be honoring one of their superfans, Dr. Anthony Fauci, by allowing him to throw the first pitch at their opening game.
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has gained a lot of notoriety for his work and the efforts he has made in raising awareness and educating the public about COVID-19.
Fauci has gained celebrity-like status for his bold media presence. Brad Pitt even played him in a skit for SNL which the doctor said he enjoyed watching.
Dr. Anthony Fauci wore a face mask with logos for the Washington Nationals at a meeting for the House Committee on Capitol Hill on June 23, 2020, in Washington, DC | Source: Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images
As he continues to make rounds on various media and social media outlets to discuss the pandemic, the Washington Nationals took the opportunity to honor him. He was given the invitation to throw the first pitch at their opening game. The team revealed:
"Dr. Fauci has been a true champion for our country during the Covid-19 pandemic and his career, so it is only fitting that we honor him."
A month ago, Fauci took his fandom for the Washington Nationals public when he wore a red cloth mask that had the team's logos printed across it.
Fauci was at Capitol Hill for a House committee hearing when he arrived wearing the custom mask. He admitted that he was a fan of the team and thought it would be fitting to wear it that day.
The mask Fauci wore was not designed or sold by the Washington Nationals. It appeared to be a custom job he created himself.
Only a day before the news of his appearance at the opening game for the 2020 World Series Championship was announced, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum revealed that Fauci had donated his now-infamous mask to the Hall of Fame.
Fauci's mask wasn't the only thing making headlines this week. The renowned doctor and his wife, Dr. Christine Grady, who is a biochemist, landed a feature in InStyle magazine.
The magazine released a special digital cover with Fauci posing poolside while sporting dark sunglasses. In the issue, Fauci and his wife discussed the pandemic, the White House, and tips for social distancing.
According to CNBC, Fauci had been propagating the importance of wearing a face mask in public. During a new report, he shared his concerns about COVID-19 spreading if safety measures are not followed.