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This Bench Belongs in a Dugout

We have photographic proof that Elena Kagan has played softball, and there is some evidence that she is a Mets fan.

But by the sometimes fanatical devotion to baseball of the nine-member squad Ms. Kagan hopes to join, that is minor-league stuff.

Consider Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., a Phillies fan, who last year contributed an essay to The Baseball Research Journal. Or Justice John Paul Stevens, a Cubs fan, who was at Wrigley Field for Game 3 of the 1932 World Series and witnessed Babe Ruth’s legendary called-shot home run.

Or Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a Yankees fan, whose most famous ruling as a trial judge helped end a baseball strike in 1995. “You can’t grow up in the South Bronx without knowing about baseball,” she said at the time.

Justice Alito took his team’s loss in the last World Series particularly hard. And he had to pay off a wager.

“Unfortunately, I had a bet with Justice Sotomayor about the outcome,” he told The Philadelphia Daily News in April. “We had a bet, cheese steaks v. Nathan’s hot dogs, and I had to provide Nathan’s hot dogs.”

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