Fauci open to idea of first pitch do-over at Citi Field: 'Maybe I can redeem myself'

October 20, 2020
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — By now, the memory of Dr. Anthony Fauci's lackluster first pitch before the Yankees-Nationals MLB season opener in late July is burned into everyone's minds.

Sporting a Nationals cap, jersey and face covering, the 79-year-old New York City native took to the mound in Washington, D.C. and unleashed a wild throw that hit the ground and went rolling toward the home dugout.

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump took to Twitter and used the viral moment to take a jab at Fauci writing in part, “Actually, Tony’s pitching arm is far more accurate than his prognostications."

During an interview Tuesday with WCBS 880, the radio home of the New York Mets, anchor Michael Wallace made his own pitch for a re-do in Queens.

"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.

"I appreciate that," said Fauci, who grew up a Yankees fan, but now roots for the Nats. "Maybe I can redeem myself, I've gotten a lot of flack about that, I can tell ya."

Wallace reassured Fauci, "There have been worse, don't worry about it."