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Mets Have No Hitting, Fan Kagan Writes for Supreme Court

April 17, 2012

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, described as a “die-hard” New York Mets baseball fan by President Barack Obama when he nominated her in 2010, doesn’t sound impressed with her favorite team’s performance at the plate.

In an opinion today interpreting a federal drug-approval law, Kagan slipped in a mention of the Mets while discussing how the word “a” can sometimes mean “any.”

“If your child admits that she ‘did not read a book all summer,’ you will surmise that she did not read any book (but went to the movies a lot),” Kagan wrote. “And if a sports-fan friend bemoans that ‘the New York Mets do not have a chance of winning the World Series,’ you will gather that the team has no chance whatsoever (because they have no hitting).”

The ruling was unanimous.

The Mets, 7-3 after yesterday’s game, are hitting .248, seventh in the 16-team National League, and are tied for 12th with 3.6 runs per game.

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