Noted Washington Nationals fan, Dr. Anthony Fauci, took his fandom to the next level on Tuesday by wearing a Nats mask to a House committee hearing on Capitol Hill.
Fauci testified along with the other heads of the CDC, the Food and Drug Administration, and a top official at the Department of Health and Human Services.
Dr. Anthony Fauci wears a Washington Nationals face mask as he and other members of the White House coronavirus task force arrive to testify before a House committee. https://t.co/T4P7GkPkTF pic.twitter.com/OiHAEHVOFt
— ABC News (@ABC) June 23, 2020
The Nats mask Fauci wore was a collage featuring different Nats logos and the team name printed in different fonts. The mask appears to be custom made and not one of the Nationals’ masks currently available for sale in their team shop.
Fauci was asked about the mask at 3:01 PM by Rep. Greg Walden (Oregon).
“I’m an avid Washington Nationals fan so I thought I would break up this a little bit by putting on my Washington Nationals face mask,” Fauci said.
"I'm an avid Washington Nationals fan so I thought I would break up this a little bit by putting on my Washington Nationals face mask," Fauci said.
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) June 23, 2020
In the morning, NBC’s Kasie Hunt asked Fauci which mask he’d wear, his black or Nats one.
"Black mask or Washington Nationals mask?" @kasie reports on a moment of levity from Dr Anthony Fauci ahead of his testimony on Capitol Hill – serious stuff as he's expected to testify the pandemic is far from over.
— Chris Jansing (@ChrisJansing) June 23, 2020
Fauci revealed while testifying that a coronavirus vaccine could be available by the end of 2020 or early 2021.
Dr. Fauci says a coronavirus vaccine could be ready by the end of this year or early 2021: “I believe it will be when and not if.” pic.twitter.com/yky42i4TsL
— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 23, 2020
He also reiterated that Americans should avoid crowds as the pandemic continues to rage on. “Plan A: Do not go in a crowd,” Dr. Fauci said. “Plan B: If you do, make sure you wear a mask.”
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 23, 2020
Dr. Fauci first revealed he was a Washington Nationals fan in April when answering questions about COVID-19. “I’m living in Washington. We have the world champion Washington Nationals. I want to see them play again,” he said.
Once the Nats got wind of the interview, Nationals’ first baseman Ryan Zimmerman reached out and conducted an interview with the famous doctor. Dr. Fauci revealed he was a longtime baseball fan and watched the Nationals “avidly” during their World Series run.
Nationals fans also recently created a Nats World Series Champions jersey to say thank you for his service during the pandemic.
Thanks to my friends at @Fanatics, this special jersey is going to a big @Nationals fan who has been working his tail off in DC to help save America. Keep up the great work Dr. Fauci and Go Nats! #sports #fauci #america pic.twitter.com/PlJReDc1RD
— Matt Winkler (@mattvwinkler) May 1, 2020
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