June 2, 2010

THERE'S A GREAT BIT IN THE BRETHREN... (via Glenn Dryfoos):

This Bench Belongs in a Dugout (ADAM LIPTAK, 5/31/10, NY Times)

Consider Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., a Phillies fan, who last year contributed an essay to The Baseball Research Journal. Or Justice John Paul Stevens, a Cubs fan, who was at Wrigley Field for Game 3 of the 1932 World Series and witnessed Babe Ruth’s legendary called-shot home run.

Or Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a Yankees fan, whose most famous ruling as a trial judge helped end a baseball strike in 1995. “You can’t grow up in the South Bronx without knowing about baseball,” she said at the time.

Justice Alito took his team’s loss in the last World Series particularly hard. And he had to pay off a wager.

“Unfortunately, I had a bet with Justice Sotomayor about the outcome,” he told The Philadelphia Daily News in April. “We had a bet, cheese steaks v. Nathan’s hot dogs, and I had to provide Nathan’s hot dogs.”

When a new justice joins the Supreme Court, tradition requires the junior justice to arrange a little party. In 2006, when Justice Alito came on board, that task fell to Justice Stephen G. Breyer, a Red Sox fan. Before dessert was served, Justice Breyer introduced a special guest mascot.

“He opened the door,” Justice Alito recalled, “and the Phillie Phanatic came in and gave me a big hug. And it was great.”

The two had met before, when Justice Alito threw the ceremonial first pitch on Father’s Day in 2006. “It was kind of demoralizing that the Phanatic caught it without a glove,” Justice Alito said at the time.


...about how Brennan and Marshall would tweak Harry Blackmun by pointing out great players he'd omitted from his already overlong and incoherent opinion in Flood v. Kuhn, which would send him scurrying back to his desk to include them. [Even after all of which he still forgot Mel Ott.]



Posted by Orrin Judd at June 2, 2010 5:27 AM
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