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Sotomayor hearings: In praise of Derek Jeter

July 15, 2009 |  9:51 am

Jeter Before yielding the floor, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar had one last question for Sonia Sotomayor.

“Did you have a chance to watch the All-Star game?” she asked. The senator was referring to Major League Baseball’s 80th All-Star game, which unfolded Wednesday night in St. Louis, with the American League winning 4-3.

“I haven’t seen television in a very long time,” Sotomayor began, “but I admit I turned it on for a minute.”

Klobuchar congratulated Sotomayor, a devoted fan of the Yankees, on Derek Jeter’s game-winning score. But, Klobuchar said, “You must know that he scored only because there was a hit by the Minessota Twins’ Joe Mauer.”

Sotomayor grinned. “That’s teamwork,” she said.

When Patrick Leahy, the senator from Massachusetts-adjacent Vermont, resumed control of the hearing, he faked a frown.

“I’m resisting any Red Sox comments,” he said.

-- Kate Linthicum

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Photo: Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees rises after scoring the tying run in the fifth inning of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game between the best of the American and National leagues at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Credit: John Mabanglo / EPA