President Trump canceled on an invitation that was allegedly never given.
The New York Times has reported that President Trump was never invited by the New York Yankees to toss the first pitch on August 15th.
Sources say the President mentioned the alleged invitation due to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s foremost infectious diseases expert, being invited and throwing the first pitch at the Washington Nationals opening game.
One official told The New York Times that Trump was jealous of the attention Dr. Anthony Fauci was receiving for throwing the ceremonial pitch at MLB’s opening day.
President Trump celebrated opening day in his own way. He invited former Yankees closer, Mariano Rivera, to a COVID-19 briefing. The President gushed over Mr. Rivera’s accomplishments, including how many of his pitches led to broken bats.
During the briefing the President mentioned his ‘close’ relationship with Yankees’ president, Randy Levine, adding he was invited to throw out the first pitch at the game against the Boston Red Sox.
“Randy Levine is a great friend of mine from the Yankees,” Trump told reporters on Thursday before Fauci’s first pitch, The Times reported. “And he asked me to throw out the first pitch, and I think I’m doing that on August 15 at Yankee Stadium.”
According to The Times, Trump’s announcement that he was appearing at the game had surprised officials from both the baseball team and the White House.
President Trump cited his focus on handling the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason for the cancelation.
The New York Yankees top the AL EAST at 2-1.