By Sam Bush
Ryan Zimmerman won’t be in-person to see Dr. Anthony Fauci’s opening-night first toss, but he had some pointers for Fauci, who said he was “quite nervous” to throw the first pitch. Before giving some actual advice, the longtime face of the Nationals had to crack a little joke.
“Well, don’t worry about it. If you bounce it, there’s nobody there to boo you,” Zimmerman said. “So you’ll be good to go. You’re fine. This is the perfect first pitch. You’re easing into it.”
World Series Champion Ryan Zimmerman gives Dr. Anthony Fauci a pep talk before his #OpeningDay first pitch.
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Then came the real advice, where Zimmerman suggested that Fauci warm up plenty before stepping on the mound.
“I’ve caught a lot of first pitches, some from presidents and from very important people like yourself. You talk to them afterward, and they always say ‘I wish I would have warmed up more before I did it,'” Zimmerman said.