Bronx Native Has A Ball In Right-Field Section, Watches Yankees Beat Red Sox In Series Opener

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Sonia Sotomayor looked right at home in The Judge’s Chambers.


The Bronx-born U.S. Supreme Court Justice was in the Yankee Stadium crowd Thursday night for the opener of New York’s four-game series against the rival Boston Red Sox, which the Yankees won 6-2. Of course, she held court in The Judge’s Chambers , the rooting section out in right field for power-hitting rookie Aaron Judge.

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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor talks with fans in “The Judge’s Chambers” before a game between the Red Sox and Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 31, 2017. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

When the slumping right fielder came to bat in the second inning, television cameras showed Sotomayor wearing a big smile and one of the black robes handed out to fans in the faux jury box. In her grasp was one of those Styrofoam gavels stamped with “All Rise!”

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An inning later, Sotomayor high-fived fans on both sides of her when Gary Sanchez homered for New York.

It was hardly Sotomayor’s first visit to the ballpark. A fervent Yankees fan, she threw out a first ball at the current Yankee Stadium during its inaugural season in 2009. She also sat with the Bleacher Creatures in right-center for their “Roll Call” at the outset of a game in 2012.

And while fans presiding in The Judge’s Chambers this year must leave their robes behind, the 63-year-old Sotomayor has them all beat: She’s got one of her own.

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