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Texas Rangers Home Opener Sets Covid-Era Record As Texans Flout Biden, Fauci Advice

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Dr. Anthony Fauci was nowhere near Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, on Monday, but he still struck out.

The White House’s coronavirus expert was aghast when he learned the Texas Rangers were planning to have 100 percent capacity for their home opener after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott removed capacity limits.

“I don’t want to be critical of that, but that’s — I would not start off with 100 percent capacity,” Fauci said in a March interview with The Washington Post.

“But, you know, Texas has been always a bit more — what’s the right word? — daring when it comes to the kinds of things that they want to do in regards to this outbreak,” he said.

Fauci’s carping was a distant voice Monday as 38,238 people packed the sold-out, 40,300-seat stadium to watch their beloved Rangers fall to the Toronto Blue Jays 6-2.

Even so, the home opener crowd set a record for the largest crowd to attend a U.S. sporting event since the dawn of the pandemic more than a year ago.

“I love baseball. I love the Rangers,” said fan Margie Landrum, who was in the crowd, according to WFAA-TV. “I didn’t think I’d ever get to see them again.”

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