Yanks for Sotomayor
Last Thursday, former Yankee and current YES Network announcer David Cone, testified at Sonia Sotomayor's Supreme Court Confirmation hearing. Speaking before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Cone recounted details of the Sotomayor decision which helped end the Major League Baseball Players Association strike of 1994.
Judge Sotomayor grasped not only the complexity of the case but its importance to our sport. Her decision was upheld by a unanimous Court of Appeals panel comprised of judges appointed by different presidents from different parties with different juridical philosophies.
On the day he announced her nomination, President Obama observed that some have said Judge Sotomayor saved baseball. Others may think this is an overstatement, but look at it this way. A lot of people, both inside and outside of baseball, tried to settle the dispute.
No Fordham Contests?
Starting this November 20, Yankee Stadium will become the occasional home of Division I college football. Notre Dame will host Army this fall, and Army has scheduled three more games for each of the next three years, including one against local favorite Rutgers.
The Steinbrenners still are not convinced that Yankee Stadium requires changes. On the subject of the Yankees' big home run totals, Yankees Chairman Hal Steinbrenner commented, "Right now, it's not a big enough sample size."
Actually, scientifically speaking, 47 games is a large enough sample size.
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For more of Graham Kates' sports writing, check out his True/Slant blog "Coaches in the Crosshairs" (www.trueslant.com/grahamkates).