UNITED STATES – Recently confirmed United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a lifelong New York Yankees fan, tossed the ceremonial first pitch at Yankee Stadium Saturday as part of the club’s September celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
On Friday, Panama President Ricardo Martinelli threw the ceremonial pitch to Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who hails from Panama.
Sotomayor, a Bronx native of Puerto Rican descent, hurled a pitch to Puerto Rican catcher Jose Molina. The first hispanic Supreme Court Justice in U.S. history was escorted to the mound by another Puerto Rican native, Jorge Posada.
“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,” Manuel García, the Yankees’ director of Latino affairs, said in a statement. “We are proud to welcome her and President Martinelli to our new home.”
Sotomayor, 55, earned the nickname “the judge who saved baseball” when she issued a preliminary injunction as a federal trial judge in 1995 that helped end the Major League Baseball strike of 1994-95. President Barack Obama mentioned the case when he nominated Sotomayor to become the Supreme Court’s 111th justice in May.
The Yankees will conclude their Hispanic Heritage Month festivities on Monday, when they present their annual Community Achievement Awards prior to a game against the Kansas City Royals.
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