Dr. Anthony Fauci was met with loud booing as he threw the ceremonial first pitch at the New York Yankees versus Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball game.
The game took place at the T-Mobile Park in Seattle, Washington, on Tuesday — a city which leans heavily Democrat.
Fauci was being presented with an honorary Hutch Award from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
The award is typically given to the baseball player who “best exemplifies the determined spirit of the late Fred Hutchinson, a pitcher and manager who died of cancer in 1964 at age 45,” according to a report from the Associated Press.
While much of the crowd cheered, it was impossible to miss the chorus of booing taking place simultaneously.
Dr. Fauci’s first pitch. Servais caught it and then had Fauci sign his mask after. pic.twitter.com/SjOf4alLtE
— Lookout Landing (@LookoutLanding) August 10, 2022
“You’re going to miss this like you did the pandemic, loser!” someone could be heard yelling in footage obtained by the Daily Caller.
Fauci booed while throwing out first pitch at Mariners game in Seattle
At least he has worked on his pitching since last time pic.twitter.com/9QqX8YUGwy
— Ari Hoffman (@thehoffather) August 10, 2022
Fauci mercilessly BOOED in liberal Seattle while throwing out the first pitch at the Mariners game
“You’re going to miss this like you missed the pandemic, loser!”
— Mia Cathell (@MiaCathell) August 10, 2022
The AP reports, Fauci “threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Seattle manager Scott Servais. It was far better pitch than when he threw out the first pitch in Washington in July 2020.”
After the pitch in Seattle, Servais had the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director sign a face mask.
In 2020, Fauci threw the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day for the Washington Nationals.
His bad pitch was widely joked about online, prompting Fauci to explain that his arm had been sore from practicing.
Fauci finally flattened the curve pic.twitter.com/I0zUwbl6OH
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) July 23, 2020
“I completely destroyed my arm!” Fauci told the Wall Street Journal at the time.
Though he was still sore on the day of the big pitch, Fauci decided he needed to tough it out and throw the ball anyways.
“I’ll just throw it, feel the pain for a little bit and it’ll be over,” he said.
“Instead of doing my normal motion of just lobbing the ball, which would’ve been the best thing to do, I thought: Oh, baby, I better put a lot of different oomph into it,” Fauci said. “And I did. And you saw what happened.