The face of COVID, Anthony Fauci, was booed while making the first pitch at Tuesday’s Yankee vs. Mariners game.
Fauci’s Ceremonial First Pitch
Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Advisor to President Biden, wasn’t exactly welcomed on the field with open arms as he threw the ceremonial first pitch of the Yankees versus Mariners game.
Although he did receive applause, plenty of people in the crowd booed him, revealing his current unpopularity.
Protestors, including a few from the March for Freedom Washington group, gathered outside the stadium’s home plate entrance, waving Trump flags and handing out flyers.
The major league game was held at T-Mobile Park in Seattle.
After the pitch, Scott Servais, manager of the Mariners, congratulated him and asked him to sign his mask.
The 2nd Time’s A Charm
This isn’t Fauci’s first go-round on a major league baseball field. In July 2020, Fauci threw a less-than-impressive first pitch at the start of the Washington Nationals v. Yankees game, landing the ball about 10-15 feet from home plate.
Fauci Receives ‘The Hutch Award’
According to a release on the Mariners’ website, “The Hutch Award was created in 1965 in honor of Fred Hutchinson, the former MLB pitcher, and manager who died from lung cancer the previous year.”
“The honor was established by his longtime friends and is given annually to an active MLB player who ‘best exemplifies the fighting spirit and competitive desire’ of Hutchinson, by persevering through adversity.”
The Hutch Award has been awarded by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center based in Seattle and typically to a Major League Baseball player who “best exemplifies the determined spirit of the late Fred Hutchinson. Fauci is only the second nonplayer to be honored with the award.
Anthony “Tony” Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease and served under former President Donald Trump during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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