President Donald Trump announced that he will not be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Yankee Stadium on August 15.
In a tweet Sunday afternoon, Trump cited his focus on the novel coronavirus pandemic as a reason to postpone until "later in the season," referring to the coronavirus with a racist description.
Since taking office in January 2016, Trump has not thrown out the first at a baseball game. During his press briefing Thursday, shortly before the Yankees took the field to play the Nationals on Opening Day in Washington D.C., Trump said he would be throwing out the first pitch before New York hosted the Red Sox on Aug. 15. It was Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases whom the president had been undermining in recent weeks as coronavirus cases spiked across the country, who threw out the first pitch at Nationals Park on Opening Day. The Yankees confirmed that Trump would throw out a first pitch at some point this season later that night.
Fauci's toss from the mound on Thursday, while sporting a Nationals face mask and No. 19 Nationals jersey, wound up just a bit outside.
All members of the Yankees and Nationals knelt ahead of the national anthem on Opening Day, participating in a unified demonstration. Both clubs wore "Black Lives Matter" T-shirts and knelt in unison after holding a 200-yard black "unity ribbon."
Two days later, Yankees' star outfielders Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Hicks knelt during the anthem.
After taking a knee on Saturday, Stanton said his peaceful protest was for equality and "basic human rights in America," something he believes is not present across this country.
When asked about the possibility of Trump throwing the first pitch at Yankee Stadium, Stanton said he wasn't entirely certain it was going to happen. Either way, he's not focusing on something that far down the road.
"We'll get there when we get there," Stanton said on Saturday. "I mean, that's in August. It's not something I need to worry about now."
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