BOSTON — The Red Sox may not fare too well if they ever appear in front of the Supreme Court.
Aaron Judge’s rise to stardom led to a fan section in right field called the Judge’s Chambers. Judge has been struggling mightily in the second half, hitting .181 with seven home runs after slugging 30 in the first half. But on Thursday night, he had the support of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor — a Bronx native — who was sitting in, well, Judge's Chambers.
Sotomayor was shown on the Yankee Stadium jumbo screen after the first inning, waving a foam gavel and wearing a black robe. All who sit in the section wear traditional black robes.
The cheering section is small: three rows in Section 104 in right field, close to the traditional bleachers, per MLB.com.
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Lou Merloni and Evan Drellich talk about the Hanley Ramirez situation as well as the race for the AL East crown with the New York Yankees. They are also joined by Barstool Sports' Jared Carrabis.
0:17: Merloni and Drellich recamp Red Sox vs. Mariners with audio from Chris Sale.
2:22: The Hanley Ramirez investigation with audio from Alex Cora.
6:47: Carrabis and Drellich give their takes on Jackie Bradley Jr., David Price and the Red Sox bullpen.
11:40: Breaking down the AL East race between the Red Sox and Yankees.
Contrary to Friday's report, Hanley Ramirez is not and never was under federal and state investigation. According to the Boston Globe, a friend of Ramirez dropped his name in an attempt to avoid an arrest.
Here are the details from The Globe's report:
The man claimed that the box contained books, and that Ramirez’s mother “had shipped the box to him in New York to hand-deliver to his friend (Ramirez) in Boston,” according to the affidavit.
In an attempt to back up his story, the man called Ramirez via FaceTime on his cell phone, then handed it to the trooper. The trooper asked Ramirez if he was aware that his friend was en route to visit him and was delivering a box from his mother. Ramirez said he “was not aware,” according to the affidavit. The trooper asked if he could open the box and Ramirez agreed.
The box contained a gift bag, with two kilograms of fentanyl inside, the affidavit says.
The man was arrested on drug trafficking charges and “immediately began stating that his friend (Ramirez) was not involved at all, and that the box wasn’t for him,” the affidavit says.
The man’s attorney, who asked that he not be named because of concerns it would help identify his client, said “his use of Mr. Ramirez’s name was an ill-thought-out attempt to evade further police scrutiny.”
Alex Cora and the Red Sox were adamant when Friday's report by ABC's Michelle McPhee came out that they were unaware of any investigation involving Ramirez.
Ramirez's agent, Adam Katz, released a statement on the matter per USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale: