The Washington Nationals announced on Monday, Dr. Anthony Fauci will be throwing out the first pitch on Opening Day Thursday night. Dr. Fauci, the country's top infectious disease expert agreed to open up the delayed 2020 MLB season to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

"Dr. Fauci has been a true champion for our country during the COVID-19 pandemic and throughout his distinguished career," the team statement read, "so it is only fitting that we honor him as we kick off the 2020 season and defend our World Series Championship title."

Every year since 2005, the sitting president has thrown out the first pitch for the Nationals, the streak was broken when President Trump took office in 2017. The Nationals have reached out to President Trump every season but has turned down the request every season.

The Nationals are set to face the New York Yankees on Thursday night in the highly anticipated start to the unprecedented baseball season. Gerrit Cole will be making his debut on the mound in a Yankee uniform, while Max Scherzer will be on the mound facing one of the toughest lineups in baseball.

Dr. Fauci grew up in Brooklyn, NY, and a Yankee fan. Now living in the DC area, his rooting interest are with the local teams. In an interview with YES Networks Jack Curry, Dr. Fauci showcased his knowledge around the Yankees history, along with his love for the game of baseball.

Opening night for Major League Baseball is just two days away. Remember you can listen to the 2020 Opening Day matchup between the Washington Nationals versus the New York Yankees on your home for Yankees baseball 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio. Pregame coverage is set for 6:25pm with first pitch set for 7:05pm