September 26th, 2009
09:00 AM ET
13 years ago

Sotomayor to throw first pitch at Yankees game

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="On Saturday, Sonia Sotomayor returns to the baseball diamond, throwing out the first pitch at Yankees Stadium."]

WASHINGTON (CNN) - When President Obama announced Judge Sonia Sotomayor as his choice to be the next U.S. Supreme Court Justice, he noted that she played a key role in helping bring an end to the 1995 Major League Baseball strike.

"Some say that Judge Sotomayor saved baseball," said Obama, referring to Sotomayor's ruling against the owners that brought the strike to an end.

On Saturday, Sotomayor returns to the baseball diamond – this time taking the field. She will throw out the first pitch at Yankees Stadium.

"Having Justice Sotomayor, a South Bronx native, participate in our yearly Hispanic Heritage Month celebration is very exciting, as she is an inspiration to so many," said Manuel García, Yankees director of Latino Affairs.

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. better practice

    a bad pitch will get shown over and over

    anything to make fun of a person is good for 24 hour cable

    they have nothing else to report

    September 26, 2009 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  2. Willy Brown

    Is she getting to throw it because she a smart articulate Latino lady or because of affirmative action?

    September 26, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  3. Anthony NM

    Sotomayor is interesting and intelligent. Baseball is very boring and very dumb. If you were to tape a baseball game and then cut out the time when the ball is not in play, how long would a baseball game be? I think about ten minutes. How can someone sit there for four hours to catch ten minutes of action.

    Here's an idea that will make someone a fortune. Tape all baseball games and edit them as I have described above. A baseball fan could watch six complete games per hour. In four hours, he could watch 24 complete games.

    September 26, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  4. rorsharch

    Yes but the question is: can a wise latina woman throw heat like Joba Chamberlin?

    September 26, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  5. Gordon Shumway

    I'm sure she'll throw a much better pitch being a mexican lawyer.

    September 26, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  6. Perusing-through

    "NATIVE NEW YORKER", by Latin group Odyssey,
    Supreme Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor's rise from Brooklyn streets to the nation’s court, reminds of that 1977 smash hit song "Native New Yorker". It is a great dance song that is also inspirational, and it is a classic still played on music radio stations. Sotomayor pulled herself by her "heels" (as oppose to bootstraps), and did it. You Go, Girl!

    September 26, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  7. Pragmatic

    Now what will Chief Justice Roberts, who see himself as only an umpire calling balls and strikes, call this? He's been rather quiet after muffing the swearing in of President Obama ...

    September 26, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  8. Wise Latina

    Like Obama, I'll bet she throws like a girl.

    September 26, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  9. Tyler

    Will Sotomayor help Patterson stop the Giuliani / Palin new age movement ?

    September 26, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  10. tiff of Lithia Springs

    Good for her.

    September 26, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  11. Donkey Party

    Break a leg Sonia! Not literally, we already know you're capable of it.

    September 26, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  12. Keith in Austin

    I sure she'll throw lefty!

    September 26, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. South Bronx

    Play Ball, wise Latina!

    September 26, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  14. seebofubar

    I'll bet it was a curve to the left.

    September 26, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |