Apparently, the Yankees were caught looking when President Donald Trump announced that he was throwing out the first pitch before an Aug. 15 game.
According to the New York Times, Trump’s claim caught both the Yankees and White House staff off guard because he was never actually invited to throw out the first pitch on that date.
The president tweeted over the weekend that his ceremonial first pitch had to be postponed due to his focus on the “China Virus.”
Trump made the announcement on Thursday, an hour before MLB’s Opening Day, in which Dr. Anthony Fauci threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Yankees and Nationals game at Nationals Park.
Per the Times, Trump was not pleased that Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert and part of the White House’s coronavirus task force, was getting the spotlight and directed his aides to call Yankees officials on a longstanding offer Yankees president Randy Levine had made about throwing out the first pitch. Nothing was finalized, though.
Trump’s announcement left White House aides scrambling to inform the Yankees that he was booked on Aug. 15, according to the Times, although his official plans have not been disclosed.