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Why President Trump Reportedly Announced He Was Throwing 1st Pitch

President Donald Trump at the World Series at Nationals Park in D.C.

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 27: President Donald Trump attends Game Five of the 2019 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on October 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

President Trump reportedly had a motive behind his first pitch announcement last week.

The Washington Nationals had Dr. Anthony Fauci throw out the first pitch of the MLB season last Thursday night. The infectious disease expert threw out the first pitch before the Nats-Yankees game in D.C. It wasn't a very good pitch, but the 79-year-old doctor did his best.

Shortly following the news of Dr. Fauci's first pitch, the president of the United States announced that he would also be throwing out a first pitch.

“(Team president) Randy Levine is a great friend of mine from the Yankees,” President Trump said last Thursday night. “And he asked me to throw out the first pitch, and I think I’m doing that on Aug. 15 at Yankee Stadium.”

According to the New York Times, though, no one from the Yankees had actually invited the president to throw out the first pitch. President Trump was reportedly "annoyed" by Dr. Fauci's first pitch invitation.

From the New York Times:

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.

President Trump then announced on Monday that he would not be throwing out the first pitch.

"Because of my strong focus on the China Virus, including scheduled meetings on Vaccines, our economy and much else, I won’t be able to be in New York to throw out the opening pitch for the Yankees on August 15th. We will make it later in the season!" President Trump announced.

The Yankees, the president's home team, are off to a 2-1 start on the season. New York was scheduled to play Philadelphia on Monday night, but the game was postponed. Tonight's Yankees-Phillies game has also been postponed.