Dr. Anthony Fauci’s ceremonial first-pitch kicking off the 2020 Major League Baseball season was off target, but a baseball card to commemorate the occasion wound up being a home run with fans.
The Topps NOW baseball card featuring Fauci set an all-time print record for the company, selling 51,512 cards in just 24 hours, Topps said on Monday.
The back of the card described the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases as an "ardent Washington Nationals fan" and described his first-pitch before the Nationals took on the Yankees as "a strong effort."
The day after his less than stellar opening pitch, Fauci joked during an online event that he had practiced throwing a couple of days before the game but when he went out on the mound it looked like the catcher was 200 feet away.
commemorate：動詞，紀念，緬懷。例句：Monuments commemorating historical figures who played a role in colonization and racial oppression are the latest targets as the Black Lives Matter movement has picked up speed across the world.（隨著「黑人的命也是命」運動風潮席捲全球，緬懷那些曾參與殖民與種族壓迫的歷史人物紀念碑，成為最新目標。）
hit a home run：（字面）打全壘打；（引申）獲致成功表現。例句：The Jackie Robinson biopic 42 hit a home run at box office in its opening weekend.（美國職棒大聯盟現代史上首位非裔球員賈基．羅賓森的傳記片「傳奇42號」，上映第一個週末的票房紅不讓。）