The Nationals and the Yankees face each other before baseball and the first game of the season as part of an Opening Day event on Thursday night, including the Black Lives Matter movement, the coronovirus epidemic – Dr. An off-the-mark first pitch by Anthony was included. Fauci – and the 2019 championship of the home team.
Players from both clubs wore T-shirts saying Black Lives Matter during batting practice in National Park, and the letters ‘BLM’ were stenciled on the back of the mound in the center of the diamond.
In a poignant reference to the racial vendetta in America, players and other members of both teams held a long black ribbon stretched out along two foul lines. After placing the ribbon on the ground, everyone sat on their knees.
They all then arose for a taped performance of the national anthem.
Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease specialist, was invited by citizens to round out the formal first pitch – a suitable choice during the current medical crisis. Wearing a mask on the mound, Fauci sent his toss well into home plate, and the ball bounced in front of his “catcher”, Washington relie Sean Schult.
Later, Fauci and Dultaille wore gloves instead of shaking hands.
Fauci’s effort drew mild comparisons to other public celebrities whose first pitches have deteriorated through the years, including Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, rapper 50 Cent, Olympic hero Carl Lewis, Miss Texas 2014 and Canadian icon Callie Rae Jepsen is included.
The judge got his first hit of the season and in later moments teammate Giancarlo Stanton tagged Washington ace Max Schazer for his first home run of the season.
In the bottom of the first inning, Adam Eaton gave birth to prized Yankee newcomer Jerit Cole.
The game began with a rain delay in the sixth inning, with the Yankees going 4–1 while batting.
What began as a dusky, cloudy evening with temperatures around 90F turned into a severe downpour, filled with thunderous thunderstorms, flashes of lightning and gusts of wind. After waiting for 1hr 58min, over 15 minutes were played, the game was called off and the New York victory went into the books.
The Yankees players decided Wednesday that they wanted to kneel for the first 60 seconds of the anthem. New York officials then asked Washington if that time could be added to the pregame script. The countrymen decided that they wanted to join the Yankees.
“We have negotiated as an organization. We have interacted as a team. We have small group conversations. Conversations with each other, “New York manager Aaron Boone said hours before the game.” And we’ve decided … we’ll do our performance on the field as a team. “
That performance followed a series of videos shown on the outfield scoreboard: about Black Lives Matter, featuring major league players such as Aaron Judge of New York and Howie Kendrick of Washington; About the citizens running the postseason; Regarding the outbreak of Kovid-19.
Without any spectators present to applaud the celebration, the flag was lifted out of the right field and above the scoreboard in keeping with the franchise’s first title, and “2019 World Champions” was written on a red mat Which was wrapped around the batsman’s box during pregame introduction.
Hours later in Los Angeles, the Giants and the Dodgers held a black ribbon that wound along the baseline in a show of unity after pregame introduction. Anthem singer Keith Williams Jr. sat in the new center area at Dodger Stadium to perform instead of the usual venue near the home center. Some veterans kneeled during the performance.
In one video, 98-year-old Rachel Robinson, whose husband Jackie broke the major league color barrier in 1947, gave the traditional call: “It’s time for Dodger baseball.”
KK Hernandez scored five and dodged as Los Angeles beat the rival San Francisco Giants 8–1 in a fan-less ballpark.
Mookie Bates, who knelt during the national anthem, went 1-for-5 in his Dodgers debut. The sons came out swinging in their first at-bat a day after signing a $ 365m agreement over 12 years.
Earlier on Thursday, US President Donald Trump confirmed that he would throw out the first pitch to host the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on August 15.
Trump, a native New Yorker who is yet to throw a maiden pitch while working as president, made the announcement during his daily coronavirus update at the White House.
“Randy Levine is a very good friend of mine from the Yankees,” Trump said of the team’s president.
“They told me to throw the first pitch … it’s going to be interesting.”
It would be heartbreaking to learn that Trump would play in an empty stadium due to coronovirus-related health and safety violations: When he appeared in Game 5 of the World Series between the Nationals and the Houston Astro in October, the Washington crowd had his lot Was infamous. .