Dr. Anthony Fauci’s best pitch remains in the medical field, but his errant throw before the Washington Nationals’ home opener Thursday night has now been immortalized on a baseball card.
Fauci’s pitch was way outside, but Topps nevertheless honored the nation’s top infectious disease expert with a card Friday, ESPN reported. The card front pictured Fauci on the mound, preparing to deliver the pitch. Fauci was wearing a Nationals face covering as he strolled to the mound.
The card did not show where the ball landed -- far away from home plate.
“It went in the wrong direction,” Fauci told The Washington Post on Friday. “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.”
The Topps Now card has already been sold out, as was available from the trading card company’s website for 24 hours.
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