With his Nationals en route to Washington D.C.’s first World Series berth in 86 years, an Alexandria, Virginia lawyer was granted a request by a federal judge to delay a deadline so that he could watch Game 5 of the National League Championship Series with his nine-year-old son on Wednesday.
The Nationals ultimately beat the St. Louis Cardinals in Tuesday’s Game 4 to complete the series sweep and advance to the World Series, eliminating the need for his motion to delay Wednesday’s proceedings before a potential Game 5.
Regardless, Senior U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary M. Collyer had already granted attorney Jay Friedman’s motion without any objection from his opposition in the Justice Department.
‘Washington D.C.’s professional baseball team, the Nationals (‘Nats’), began this baseball season by losing 31 of its first 50 games,’ Friedman’s somewhat facetious motion began. ‘Since that time, due in part to the unflagging support of a certain nine-year old boy closely associated with undersigned counsel, the wheels of justice have turned and the team has rightfully advanced deep in the baseball playoffs.
‘The nine-year old and counsel wish to continue to stay up late watching baseball and to attend tomorrow’s game [Wednesday’s Game 5], if it is necessary.’
The Nationals ultimately beat the St. Louis Cardinals in Tuesday’s Game 4 to complete the series sweep and advance to the World Series, eliminating the need for his motion to delay Wednesday’s proceedings before a potential Game 5
Attorney Jay Friedman argued that his nine-year-old son was instrumental to the Nats’ success
Friedman represents organic food producers in a three-year battle with the Trump administration over its elimination of Obama-era regulations on the organic food industry.
A motion was due this week, but Friedman’s motion and the story of his nine-year-old son Jed was compelling enough to earn a delay.
‘I’ve never heard of a 9-year-old counsel, but I hope the judge agrees,’ Jed told his dad on Tuesday when shown the motion, according to the Washington Post.
‘This is kind of amazing and it’s a great example of what living in D.C. is like and why our government is so demonstrably better than others,’ Friedman told the Post Wednesday.
Perhaps even more amazing, Friedman was able to agree on something with his courtroom opposition.
‘Lawyers on TV fight over everything and act like it’s World War III, but my counterpart at the Department of Justice is a perfectly nice and respectful person,’ Friedman said. ‘I told her [about the motion] and she’s fine with it. She sent me a note yesterday afternoon and she said, “Everybody here loves it. We’re showing it around the office.”‘
U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary M. Collyer (pictured) had already granted attorney Jay Friedman’s motion without any objection from his opposition in the Justice Department
Friedman even referenced her support in his motion: ‘With the consent of the parents and baseball fans at the Department of Justice, this request is unopposed.’
Similar requests have been made in the past, according to the Washington Post: A Georgia lawyer asked for a continuance in 2017 to watch the Bulldogs play in the Rose Bowl while an Alabama judge told attorneys in April to cease filing motions so that he could follow his Auburn Tigers men’s basketball team march to the Final Four.
Friedman’s request was particularly compelling, given Washington’s tortured baseball history.
The city was the home of the American League’s Senators from 1901 to 1960, during which time the franchise won three pennants and one World Series, thanks in large part to Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson.
That franchise moved to Minnesota to become the Twins in 1961, at which point another version of the Senators moved into town.
However, a decade later, the Senators would move to Arlington, Texas to become the Rangers.
The nation’s capital was without a Major League Baseball team until 2005, when the Montreal Expos relocated and became the Nationals.
Despite some regular season success, the Nats have fallen in the National League Divisional Series on four occasions before finally advancing to this year’s World Series.
Washington will face the winner of the ongoing American League Championship Series between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees.
The Astors hold a 3-1 lead heading into Friday’s Game 5 at Yankee Stadium.
Washington will face the winner of the ongoing American League Championship Series between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees. The Astors hold a 3-1 lead heading into Friday’s Game 5 at Yankee Stadium
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