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Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Fauci, Leading Fight Against Coronavirus, Misses Baseball, Too

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the federal government’s top infectious disease expert, spends 19-hour days helping to lead the fight against the coronavirus.

To relieve the stress, he runs daily. But what he really wants, like so many sports fans, is just to go to a baseball game.

“I don’t think there’s any place that I relax more than sitting in Nats Park and watching my now world champion Nats play a game,” Fauci, 79, who grew up in Brooklyn rooting for the Yankees and is now a Washington Nationals fan, said in an interview this week. ...

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 05, 2020 at 06:22 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Rough Carrigan Posted: May 06, 2020 at 01:20 PM (#5948377)
How perfect is it that big pharma's purse puppy grew up in Brooklyn as a yankees fan?
   2. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 06, 2020 at 08:10 PM (#5948516)
Reality check translation to the above: Fauci's dad owned a Brooklyn drug store, and his mother and sister worked the register while Fauci delivered prescriptions. Sounds like a real cartel.

OTOH the Yanks did give his dad's customers headaches, so maybe there was a financial incentive for Fauci's fandom.
   3. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 06, 2020 at 09:20 PM (#5948532)
“I don’t think there’s any place that I relax more than sitting in Nats Park and watching my now world champion Nats play a game,” Fauci, 79, who grew up in Brooklyn rooting for the Yankees and is now a Washington Nationals fan, said in an interview this week. ...


Fauci was 64 years old when the Nationals became a thing. I'm surprised to see he changed loyalties at such an age.
   4. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 06, 2020 at 09:38 PM (#5948537)
Some people simply transfer their rooting interests when they leave their home town. Fauci didn't do that at first, because the expansion Senators were such a collection of clunks, but after not having any home team for 34 years and not wanting to drive 40 miles to Baltimore, he got attached to the Nats when they came from Montreal, et voila. You can't really call him a front runner, since the Nats had 7 years of misery and mediocrity before they finally broke through in 2012.
   5. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: May 08, 2020 at 12:56 PM (#5948877)
I'm surprised to see he changed loyalties at such an age.

Considering that he grew up as a Yankees fan, he's probably spent his whole life looking for a reason to switch.
   6. JL72 Posted: May 08, 2020 at 01:02 PM (#5948880)
I'm surprised to see he changed loyalties at such an age.


I would not be surprised if the Yankees are still his first love, but the Nats have joined as his NL team. A\I have been a Tigers fan my entire life, but have been in the DC region for over 20 years now. I never switched to the Orioles, but enjoy rooting for the Nats (as long as they are not playing Detroit).

They are not a threat to each other, so it is easy to do.
   7. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 08, 2020 at 02:34 PM (#5948924)
I would not be surprised if the Yankees are still his first love, but the Nats have joined as his NL team.
Agreed. I’ve been in the Washington, DC area almost as long as Dr. Fauci, and also consider the Nationals my NL team, without it affecting my primary loyalty. DC is full of transplants from other areas, especially the northeast, and many retain their prior allegiance while patronizing Nationals Park. Extra Innings & MLB.tv make it easier than ever for ‘expatriate’ fans to indulge multiple loyalties.
   8. Howie Menckel Posted: May 08, 2020 at 02:50 PM (#5948930)
this WW II vet probably deserves his own thread

"This wasn’t how I was supposed to meet 99-year-old Louis Casbar.

I should have been with 40,000 others. It should have happened at Yankee Stadium, with the World War II veteran flanked by his adoring children, his smiling face on the giant center-field scoreboard, and the Army hat he’s kept in pristine condition for 75 years resting perfectly on his head. God Bless America should have been playing. I should have been clapping from the press box.

Instead, when I saw Casbar on Wednesday, it was through the other side of a glass door. We were at the CareOne at the Cupola assisted living facility in Paramus, his home for the past six years. It was as close as we were allowed to get — in-person visits had been banned for more than a month as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus. We wore face masks and talked through cell phones.

“It’s crazy,” he said about the pandemic. “The whole thing is crazy.”

Casbar had every right to shake his fist at the sky, particularly when you think about what the virus might cost him. For years, his family had lobbied the Yankees — his favorite team since 1931 — to make him one of the veterans they salute during the seventh-inning stretch of a home game.

And it was finally going to happen. On April 25, Casbar was to stand in the area behind home plate and hear his name called, the way it had been for his heroes, Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio. Yes, he’d seen them both play in person."

............

"So, the next time I cover a Yankees game and a veteran is being honored, I’ll be thinking of Casbar.

But why wait at all? Why not honor him right here, right now?

(Clears throat.)

(Nods toward Yankee Stadium announcer Paul Olden.)

Ladies and gentlemen, would you please rise and remove your caps, and please direct your attention to the couch at Room No. 45 at the Cupola...."
   9. Mayor Blomberg Posted: May 08, 2020 at 02:57 PM (#5948934)
It's all meaningless without Bob Sheppard

ETA: he would have been 3 when he saw the Babe, unless he saw him his final season at the Polo Grounds or Ebbets Field.
   10. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 08, 2020 at 03:21 PM (#5948942)
he would have been 3 when he saw the Babe, unless he saw him his final season at the Polo Grounds or Ebbets Field.
Check your math. If he was born in 1921, he would have been 13 for Babe’s last season as a Yankee (1934), although the excerpt suggests his Yankee fandom began in 1931.
   11. Joe Bivens, Elderly Northeastern Jew Posted: May 08, 2020 at 04:52 PM (#5948968)
Andy, I'm going to interpret #1's "big pharma's purse puppy" to mean that because Fauci is advocating for a vaccine, big pharma will make a lot of money when one is developed.

That's capitalism for you. We can debate how much drug companies should profit on their products, but to whine about it...well, sounds like commie bullshit to me.

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