[Excerpt] “In the fall of 2003, Judge Smith of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island wrote that “[c]ases examining the issue of workplace sexual harassment by women against women are about as common as a baseball post-season that includes the Cubs and the Red Sox . . . .
Judge Smith’s observation was, of course, rooted in the perception among baseball fans, and in the popular culture, that nothing says “futility” quite like a reference to the Chicago Cubs or the Boston Red Sox. Conversely, there can be little doubt that for one in search of a baseball metaphor for success, all roads lead to the Bronx, home of the New York Yankees. This article examines judicial references to the Cubs, Red Sox, and Yankees that are based on the ongoing ninety-eight-year wait for a World Series championship on the North Side of Chicago, the recently ended eighty-six-year drought between titles in Beantown, and the twenty-six World Series trophies won so far by the men in pinstripes.”
Parker B. Potter, Jr. , Take Me Out to the Metaphor, 5 Pierce L. Rev. 313 (2007), available at http://scholars.unh.edu/unh_lr/vol5/iss2/5