An hour before Dr. Anthony S. Fauci threw the first pitch at the
season opener between the New York Yankees and the Washington
Nationals, President Trump stood on the briefing room stage at the
White House and declared that he, too, had been invited to throw
out his own opening pitch.
“Randy Levine is a great friend of mine from the Yankees,” Mr.
Trump, referring to the president of the baseball team, told
reporters on Thursday as Dr. Fauci was preparing to take the
mound. “And he asked me to throw out the first pitch, and I think
I’m doing that on Aug. 15 at Yankee Stadium.”
There was one problem: Mr. Trump had not actually been invited on
that day by the Yankees, according to one person with knowledge of
Mr. Trump’s schedule. His announcement surprised both Yankees
officials and the White House staff.
But Mr. Trump had been so annoyed by Dr. Fauci’s turn in the
limelight, an official familiar with his reaction said, that he
had directed his aides to call Yankees officials and make good on
a longtime standing offer from Mr. Levine to throw out an opening
pitch. No date was ever finalized.
As a sidenote to a story that clearly shows Trump’s raging narcissism, compulsion to bullshit, and inability to read the room, the photo that accompanies the story is really quite a thing. The man, for one brief moment in this 4-years-and-counting hellish inferno, looks genuinely happy.