This past Saturday, baseball fans witnessed the longest playoff game in the sport’s history, when the San Francisco Giants bested the Washington Nationals in 6 hours and 23 minutes, over 18 innings of play. The game took place in the nation’s capital, and consequently had all sorts of notables in attendance, from NBC’s Chuck Todd to House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy. But as the New York Times reports, one distinguished guest showed up noticeably late: Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. Why? Because he had been observing Yom Kippur.
The Times writes how Breyer, a San Francisco native, toughed out the proceedings in the frigid late-night weather:
Perhaps most impressive was Justice Stephen G. Breyer, 76, who arrived four innings late because of Yom Kippur but refused to leave as the hours dragged on and the ballpark grew cold. While other shivering fans mobbed souvenir shops to buy sweatshirts and other warm gear, Justice Breyer proudly pointed out his excellent preparation: layers of clothes, including a dark green winter jacket and leather gloves.
As it turns out, even Supreme Court justices answer to a higher authority.