There’s a reason Dr. Anthony Fauci had a forgettable moment on the mound last week.

The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases threw out the ceremonial first pitch ahead of the first game of the 2020 Major League Baseball season between the Washington Nationals and New York Yankees. Unfortunately for Fauci, his throw wasn’t very good, and the Internet certainly let him know it.

But Fauci defended his horrific throw in a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal’s Ben Cohen.

“I completely destroyed my arm,” the 79-year-old said. “My arm was hanging down around my shoes.

“Instead of doing my normal motion of just lobbing the ball, which would’ve been the best thing to do, I thought, ‘Oh, baby, I better put a lot of different oomph into it.’ And I did. And you saw what happened.”

Here’s another look at Fauci’s first pitch, via ESPN:

You’ll get ’em next time, Dr. Fauci.

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