Donald Trump recently announced he was no longer going to throw out the first pitch at a baseball game in mid-August. This came after he announced, “I think I’m doing that on August 15 at Yankee Stadium.” Now, The New York Times is reporting that Trump’s announcement was news to the baseball team. Instead, it may have been the president trying to call in a favor from Randy Levine, the president of the New York Yankees
There was one problem: Mr. Trump had not actually been invited on that day by the Yankees, according to one person with knowledge of Mr. Trump’s schedule. His announcement surprised both Yankees officials and the White House staff.
But Mr. Trump had been so annoyed by Dr. Fauci’s turn in the limelight, an official familiar with his reaction said, that he had directed his aides to call Yankees officials and make good on a longtime standing offer from Mr. Levine to throw out an opening pitch. No date was ever finalized.
Meanwhile, Dr. Fauci’s time in the baseball limelight didn’t end with his time on the field. Now more than 51,000 people own a baseball card with his likeness on it as well. The company that made the limited edition card says it ended up breaking records.