On Saturday’s afternoon game against Boston at Yankee Stadium, newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will throw out the first pitch. As a part of Hispanic Heritage Month, Sotomayor and President of Panama Ricardo Martinelli will throw out ceremonial first pitches this weekend.
Sotomayor is a resident of the Bronx and claims to be a Yankee fan. She was appointed to the US Appeals Court 2nd Circuit, which is based in New York, before being tapped to become the next Supreme Court Justice earlier this year.
Sotomayor also has an interesting relationship with Major League Baseball. As a US District Judge in 1995, she issued the injunction that caused the player’s union to end the strike after 7 months.
Martinelli is presumably in town due to the activities going on at the United Nations this week. Many heads of state, including those of Libya, Russia, Iran, China and many others are expected to be in town this week.