Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor visited Yankee Stadium Thursday night for the first of a critical four-game series between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, where she was appropriately seated in the so-called “Judge’s Chambers.”
The “chambers” are named for a swath of seats in right field, in honor of Aaron Judge, the outfielder who won the 2017 Home Run Derby. Judge holds the franchise record for most rookie home runs. The justice wore a black judicial robe emblazoned with the Yankees emblem, and was surrounded by family and friends sporting foam gavels which read “all rise.”
The justice is an avid Yankees fan who is sometimes credited as the savior of baseball. As a U.S. district judge, Sotomayor presided over a dispute between the MLB franchise owners and the players association during the baseball strike of 1994-1995. Sotomayor effectively ended the strike when she issued an injunction against the owners forbidding them from eliminating free-agent negotiations and salary arbitrations. The players returned to the field after the ruling, which was upheld by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Sotomayor’s Yankees prevailed over the Red Sox 6-2. The teams face off again Friday night.
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