Dr. Anthony Fauci wishes he could have his disastrous first pitch back. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Dr. Anthony Fauci: 'I completely destroyed my arm' days before first pitch for Nationals

Dr. Anthony Fauci's first pitch on Opening Day in Washington is one he'd probably rather forget. 

The coronavirus expert tossed a horrible ceremonial first pitch prior to the Nationals game against the New York Yankees last week, but he apparently has an excuse. 

Fauci claims he went to a high school just days before throwing out the first pitch to play catch for the first time in decades and he injured his throwing arm by doing so. 

"I completely destroyed my arm," the 79-year-old told Ben Cohen of The Wall Street Journal. "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,'" Fauci continued. "And I did. And you saw what happened."

Even though Fauci's pitch was hideous, Topps is honoring the coronavirus expert by creating a trading card dedicated to him. It was available for just 24 hours on the Topps website and is a limited-edition card.

Fauci, a lifelong Nationals fan, also sparked criticism after a photo of him surfaced at Nationals Park without a mask on. He's been advocating for the use of masks since the pandemic began, and people were outraged when they saw him not wearing one.

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bridgewater State University and currently is in pursuit of her Master's Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90.

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