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AP Says Sotomayor Is/Isn’t A Baseball Fan

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A young Sonia Sotomayor is pictured with her sister Miriam and cousins, in this undated family photograph released by the White House on May 26, 2009.

NY judge rises from projects to the Supreme Court

By Larry Neumeister, Associated Press Writer Wed May 27

NEW YORK – Sonia Sotomayor’s ascent to a U.S. Supreme Court nomination began in a Bronx housing project, fed by Nancy Drew, inspired by Perry Mason and encouraged by her hardworking mother.

Her mother worked two jobs after coming to New York from Puerto Rico, including as a nurse at a methadone clinic after her husband died when Sotomayor was 9. She saved up and bought Sotomayor the only encyclopedia set in the neighborhood.

She got her first taste of the law as she buried herself in Nancy Drew books, but it was an episode of Perry Mason that provided the defining moment in Sotomayor’s childhood. Watching the camera settle on the judge at the end of an episode, she immediately realized "he was the most important player in that room," Sotomayor said in a 1998 interview with The Associated Press…

She said Sotomayor’s touch with common people is demonstrated whenever she walks through the courthouse, connecting with the guards in the lobby or a clerical worker from another chambers with the same interest as with lawyers and judges…

The Manhattan-born Sotomayor’s humble upbringing has shaped her personality — vibrant and colorful, and so different from the Bronx projects where she grew up in a home with a drab yellow kitchen. She is a food-loving baseball buff as likely to eat a hot dog at a street corner stand as to settle in for a fancy meal at a swanky restaurant…

The 54-year-old Sotomayor is a die-hard baseball fan — she grew up near Yankee Stadium and loves the Yankees — and it was baseball that provided one of the most important moments of her career: the decision as a U.S. District Court judge to issue an injunction against team owners on March 31, 1995, ending a 7 1/2-month strike that had wiped out the World Series for the first time in 90 years.

Acknowledging the pivotal nature of her ruling, Sotomayor described how it is "when you see an outfielder backpedaling and jumping up to the wall and time stops for an instant as he jumps up and you finally figure out whether it’s a home run, a double or a single off the wall or an out."

Then she scolded the owners for unfair labor practices and urged lawyers for both sides to salvage the 1995 season, reach a new labor agreement and change their attitudes.

It was classic Sotomayor. She embraces the dramatic moment as well as any of the roughly 80 judges in the lower Manhattan courthouse that has been her home since her appointment to the bench in 1992 by President George H.W. Bush…

And yet, the self-same Associated Press was reporting on March 28, 1995, at the time of Ms. Sotomayor’s historic saving of baseball:

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Though she grew up just three miles from Yankee Stadium, she made it clear Monday that she has no special interest in the sport.

It’s almost as if you can’t believe a word some people say.

(Thanks to Lucianne for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, May 27th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “AP Says Sotomayor Is/Isn’t A Baseball Fan”

  1. proreason says:

    You don’t even have to think about it.

    If a liberal says something, you know it’s a lie.

    Because they see life as a con-game. If you have money or something else they want, you’re the mark.

    As Barry would say, they’re just trying to get over on you their fair share.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    If this is her “big decision” since being on the bench all these many years ……. look out America!!
    As for SoSo being a racist ….. “PLAY BALL!”

  3. MinnesotaRush says:

    “A young Sonia Sotomayor is pictured with her sister Miriam and cousins, in this undated family photograph released by the White House on May 26, 2009.”

    And this is important because ________________???????

    Completely ignorant and childish what the “White House” will release in comparison to what it should’ve been releasing (ie. birth certs, college records and transcripts, etc, etc). Instead we get family photo’s. Big deal.

  4. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    So she’s not into Major League Baseball, but is she in league with a group like La Raza? Yes, although they don’t want to hear it or will flat out deny it, minority groups are just as equally capable of racist ideas and line of thought. It isn’t just the ‘evil white men’ who have a monopoly in this area.

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