Still smarting over his botched ceremonial pitch at the opening game between the Yankees and the Nationals, Dr. Anthony Fauci is open for a do-over at Citi Field, according to a report.
WCBS 880 anchor Michael Wallace offered the nation’s top infectious diseases doctor the opportunity to try his hand on a mound again.
“As you may know, we are the Mets station here in New York on WCBS so my program director wanted me to let you know if you ever want to try a first pitch do-over at Citi Field we could probably arrange that,” Wallace said.
The 79-year-old doc appeared to relish the thought.
“I appreciate that. Maybe I can redeem myself, I’ve gotten a lot of flak about that, I can tell ya,” replied Fauci, who grew up a Yankees fan but now roots for the Nats.
“There have been worse, don’t worry about it,” Wallace said, reassuringly.
In his flinging fail at the long-awaited 2020 MLB season opener, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases tossed a wild pitch that hit the ground and went rolling far from home plate.
“It went in the wrong direction,” Fauci said in an interview. “I joked around after and said I used to be a shortstop when I played ball as a young boy and I thought I was supposed to throw to first base.”
He then insisted that he had “completely destroyed” his arm while playing catch for the first time in decades a couple days before making the fateful pitch at Nationals Park.
“My arm was hanging down around my shoes,” he said.
President Trump has repeatedly mocked Fauci for his off-the-mark throw.
“Actually, Tony’s pitching arm is far more accurate than his prognostications,” the president said in a recent tweet.
The commander-in-chief turned up the heat on Monday, when he ended a tweet by noting that Fauci has a “bad arm.”
Despite the mocking, a Topps baseball card featuring Fauci making his errant toss ended up being an all-time limited edition best seller.