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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

SCOTUS: The Mets Suck

Justice Kagan, writing for a unanimous Court, in a decision involving the rights of a generic drug manufacturer to file counterclaims when ... look, I write about the Court a lot, and I’m not even sure what it’s about. But there’s a statutory interpretation question involved, and the junior Justice explains the reasoning of the Court as follows:

Truth be told, the answer to the general question “What does ‘not an’ mean?” is “It depends”: The meaning of the phrase turns on its context. See Johnson v. United States, 559 U. S. ___, ___ (2010) (slip op., at 5) (“Ultimately, context determines meaning”). “Not an” sometimes means “not any,” in the way Novo claims. If your spouse tells you he is late because he “did not take a cab,” you will infer that he took no cab at all (but took the bus instead). 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). 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). But now stop a moment. Suppose your spouse tells you that he got lost because he “did not make a turn.” You would understand that he failed to make a particular turn, not that he drove from the outset in a straight line. Suppose your child explains her mediocre grade on a college exam by saying that she “did not read an assigned text.” You would infer that she failed to read a specific book, not that she read nothing at all on the syllabus. And suppose a lawyer friend laments that in her last trial, she “did not prove an element of the offense.” You would grasp that she is speaking not of all the elements, but of a particular one. The examples could go on and on, but the point is simple enough: When it comes to the meaning of “not an,” context matters.

Adam B. Posted: April 17, 2012 at 03:22 PM | 38 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. steagles Posted: April 17, 2012 at 03:29 PM (#4109049)
i could be wrong, but isn't sotomayor a mets fan? that line could just be a good-natured poke at a colleague.
   2. asinwreck Posted: April 17, 2012 at 03:31 PM (#4109054)
I think Sotomayor's a Yankees fan (and this came up when she broke the lockout).
   3. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: April 17, 2012 at 03:31 PM (#4109055)
Soto is a Yankee fan./
   4. asinwreck Posted: April 17, 2012 at 03:32 PM (#4109056)
IIRC, Scalia's a Yankee fan and Breyer's a Red Sox fan, though I don't remember Scalia caring much about sport beyond bocce ball games in his yard.
   5. Walt Davis Posted: April 17, 2012 at 03:33 PM (#4109057)
The Mets are having a better season than SCOTUS
   6. SoSH U at work Posted: April 17, 2012 at 03:36 PM (#4109058)
IIRC, Scalia's a Yankee fan and Breyer's a Red Sox fan, though I don't remember Scalia caring much about sport beyond bocce ball games in his yard.


Isn't Alito a pretty devoted Phils' fan?
   7. Arbitol Dijaler Posted: April 17, 2012 at 03:39 PM (#4109059)
I would say it's more across the board mediocrity than "no hitting."
   8. Adam B. Posted: April 17, 2012 at 03:49 PM (#4109063)
Alito is a Phillies fan, Sotomayor the Yankees, Kagan is a Mets fan.

The Chief Justice, of course, roots for the umpires.
   9. thetailor Posted: April 17, 2012 at 03:54 PM (#4109066)
The Mets are having a better season than SCOTUSGREAT!

Also, yes, anyone who knows anything about the Mets knows the offense was above-average last year and may be above-average this year as well.
   10. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: April 17, 2012 at 03:55 PM (#4109067)
The question of the Mets legally sucking was settled years ago, in Throneberry v. Madison.
   11. Dale Sams Posted: April 17, 2012 at 04:17 PM (#4109077)
I thought for sure that was an Onion article. "Supreme Court decrees 9-0: Mets Suck'"
   12. TDF, situational idiot Posted: April 17, 2012 at 04:38 PM (#4109096)
Ironically, Kagan screwed up her joke. "The Mets have no hitting" belongs with the latter examples; obviously, they will collect more than zero hits this year (they already have, in fact).
   13. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: April 17, 2012 at 04:39 PM (#4109098)
Also, yes, anyone who knows anything about the Mets knows the offense was above-average last year

Because of terrific seasons from Reyes and Beltran. The Mets may be above average offensively this year, but I wouldn't put money on it.
   14. TerpNats Posted: April 17, 2012 at 05:18 PM (#4109117)
Well, they can't make Nats jokes anymore...
   15. thetailor Posted: April 17, 2012 at 05:40 PM (#4109133)
The Mets may be above average offensively this year, but I wouldn't put money on it.
Would you put money against it? Because I'm fairly confident that the Mets offense will beat the averages (relative to park)
   16. JPWF1313 Posted: April 17, 2012 at 05:59 PM (#4109139)
The Mets may be above average offensively this year, but I wouldn't put money on it.
Would you put money against it? Because I'm fairly confident that the Mets offense will beat the averages (relative to park)

C: about average
1B: ? Ike's career OPS+ of 119 is pretty much the median OPS+ for a starting 1B
2B: Murphy's career OPS+ of 111 is well above the average 2B
SS: Tejada...his career mark of 86 is within spitting distance of the average SS, his 2011/2012 mark is above average for an SS
3B: Wright in his absolute worst year was above average for a 3B
RF: Duda has a 122 in his MLB career and has a career AAA OPS of 1.003 (in the IL, not the PCL)

here's the problem
LF: Bay has been below average for a corner OF since becoming a Met, not gob-smackingly awful (he's 99 as a Met- since 2010 Saunders has been at 69, Hermida at 70...)

here's the big problem:
CF: ???????
Nieuwenhuis is an interesting prospect, but he's not a blue chipper, and 2011 was mostly a lost year (though he did hit .298/.403/.505 in 50 IL games, the year before he hit .274/.327/.475 between AA and AAA)- I could see him putting up 100, which would be fine for a CF- I can also see him putting up a sub .300 OBP and an OPS+ around 75...
Andres Torres? is he coming back?(rumor is he still hasn't tried running) what will he do? He put up 120s in consecutive seasons with the Giants- but in limited PT, he wasn't good last year and his minor league track record is poor...

I can see an average to slightly above average hitting team, but they need better injury luck than in recent years, and they can't have any position turn into a 75 OPS+ suckhole.

Team defense is godawful though, and the overall pitching is below average




   17. WillYoung Posted: April 17, 2012 at 06:21 PM (#4109152)
I was at a Twins game two season ago and Justice Alito was there (and his son threw out of the first pitch). Definitely strange to have him at Target Field.

My most shocking Supreme Court discovery is that John Roberts is both a) about 5'5" at most and b) bald. He does an excellent job hiding both of those things in his official appearances, but there's barely any hair on top of that head.
   18. PreservedFish Posted: April 17, 2012 at 07:06 PM (#4109162)
Alito is obsessed with the Phils. I think there were photos of him at a fantasy camp.
   19. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: April 17, 2012 at 07:12 PM (#4109168)
My most shocking Supreme Court discovery is that John Roberts is both a) about 5'5" at most and b) bald. He does an excellent job hiding both of those things in his official appearances, but there's barely any hair on top of that head.

I'm actually kind of surprised by the hair thing. I always pictured him with good Politician Hair - not Romney, but not Tsongas or somebody, either.
   20. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: April 17, 2012 at 07:14 PM (#4109170)
I'm assuming Clarence Thomas is a Yankees fan.
   21. thetailor Posted: April 17, 2012 at 07:18 PM (#4109174)
@JWPF: I'm with you on your assessment. It's actually kind of funny, with the loss of Beltran and Reyes, the Mets are very generic offensively aside from Wright at third.

In relation to averages by position, the Mets will probably run out league-average-ish production at C, SS, 1B, RF and CF, and maybe a hair below at LF.

They make it up at 2B and 3B by a good margin, though. It looks like if any of Duda, Bay, or Tejada outperforms what we expect of them, they'll be able to withstand an injury and still grade out as above average. I expect that Thole will turn in an above-average performance for a catcher, too.
   22. Arbitol Dijaler Posted: April 17, 2012 at 07:21 PM (#4109176)
I think that's the probability, JWPF/tailor, but it's also not too hard to imagine Ike, Duda, Wright, and maybe Murphy and Thole significantly outperforming. All of them? That doesn't usually happen, but that's the kind of thing that makes for a surprise team.
   23. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: April 17, 2012 at 08:20 PM (#4109226)
I'm assuming Clarence Thomas is a Yankees fan.


But he'll never say.
   24. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 17, 2012 at 08:58 PM (#4109260)
I'm assuming Clarence Thomas is a Yankees fan.

Not sure he's much of a baseball fan (there wasn't a Washington team in the years he was more accessible) but, unless he's switched lately, he's a big Dallas Cowboys fan - and enjoyed bantering with the Redskins fans he worked with. He might be a Braves fan, given his Georgia roots, but he presumably disapproves of casual neck-stabbing, being a Justice and what not, so maybe not.
   25. Arbitol Dijaler Posted: April 17, 2012 at 08:59 PM (#4109262)
Notwithstanding his silence on the bench, CT's reputation is that he's the justice by far most likely to b.s. with you about sports or tv or your kids, etc. Interesting guy.
   26. Joe Kehoskie Posted: April 17, 2012 at 09:07 PM (#4109263)
I don't know if he still does it, but I've read that Clarence Thomas used to drive an RV all over the U.S. during the court's summer recess. Apparently there are some good stories about random sightings at truck stops and gas stations.
   27. WillYoung Posted: April 17, 2012 at 09:19 PM (#4109267)
Thomas's two sports love are NASCAR and Husker football.
   28. villageidiom Posted: April 17, 2012 at 09:39 PM (#4109278)
I'm assuming Clarence Thomas is a Yankees fan.
He will sign his name to any fandom Scalia has.
   29. Repoz Posted: April 17, 2012 at 09:44 PM (#4109281)
I'm assuming Clarence Thomas is a Yankees fan.

Because he was caught with Big League Chew on his pubis!!
   30. God Posted: April 18, 2012 at 07:47 AM (#4109420)
No, Big League Chew was one of the movies he rented.
   31. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: April 18, 2012 at 07:55 AM (#4109423)
Ironically, Kagan screwed up her joke. "The Mets have no hitting" belongs with the latter examples; obviously, they will collect more than zero hits this year (they already have, in fact).


Eh. No she didn't. "They have no hitting" was merely the explanation for why they have no chance at the WS. And "do not have a chance of winning the World Series" fits perfectly fine in the first group*.

*Setting aside whether you actually believe that the Mets have 0% chance or not, that is certainly the intention of the person saying so
   32. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: April 18, 2012 at 08:31 AM (#4109435)
He might be a Braves fan, given his Georgia roots, but he presumably disapproves of casual neck-stabbing, being a Justice and what not, so maybe not.


Dude, don't be throwing Clarence Thomas on my bus. That's out of bounds, man.
   33. depletion Posted: April 18, 2012 at 09:14 AM (#4109453)
FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD
   34. depletion Posted: April 18, 2012 at 09:16 AM (#4109457)
So far the Mets have had excellent pitching and below average hitting. I expect these may both converge to the mean over the 2012 season.
   35. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: April 18, 2012 at 09:30 AM (#4109465)
Also, I think it's clear that Thomas hasn't named his baseball allegiance because his direct line Founding Fathers Ouija Board hasn't responded back to him as to their original intent in that regard.
   36. Howie Menckel Posted: April 18, 2012 at 09:41 AM (#4109478)

Yes, Thomas the originalist would have to be a Cincinnati Red Stockings fan, no?
   37. Devin has a deep burning passion for fuzzy socks Posted: April 18, 2012 at 09:58 AM (#4109497)
Actually, if he was a real originalist, wouldn't he be a cricket fan?
   38. Vance W Posted: April 18, 2012 at 12:01 PM (#4109627)
My random Justice Thomas sighting was him dining with Justice Ginsburg at a Thai place on Capital Hill. Can't imagine the conversation.

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