White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki will throw the opening pitch Sunday for a game between the Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres.
The announcement came Friday afternoon ahead of the DC team’s “William & Mary Day” that honors the press secretary’s Virginia alma mater.
“On Sunday, July 18 against the San Diego Padres, the Nationals will host William & Mary Day,” the team said in a press release. “Ceremonial First Pitch will be thrown by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, a graduate of William & Mary.“
Press secretaries rarely receive the honor of throwing opening pitches, which are best-remembered for going to presidents and other senior officials.
Last year, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, embarrassed himself by badly missing home plate at Nationals Park. He then violated his own COVID-19 advice by watching the game without a mask while sitting sandwiched between two other people in a mostly empty stadium.