Gerrit Cole made his debut for the New York Yankees on Opening Day and did not disappoint. He gave up 1 hit and 1 walk with 5 K’s over 6 innings in a rain-shortened opener 4-1 victory over the Washington Nationals. Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run Home Run in the 1st inning and an RBI single in the 5th inning off Max Scherzer while Aaron Judge added an RBI doubled off Scherzer in the 3rd inning. Both Judge and Stanton finished going 2-for-3 in the game. The game wouldn’t last much longer as thunder and lightning lit up the sky. The rain quickly got thicker resulting in a weather delay at 8:52 p.m. and just like that, the game was canceled after 118 minutes.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert was invited by the Washington Nationals to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for his favorite team. Dr. Fauci tossed an orthodox first pitch wide left of home plate and the ball bounced past the catcher. Instead of shaking hands, Dr. Fauci and the catcher tapped gloves. Also, the Yankees’ uniforms featured a commemorative patch with the initials HGS, in recognition of the death of former general partner Henry G. “Hank” Steinbrenner who was the eldest son of George M. Steinbrenner that passed away April 14th due to a longstanding health issue.