Rod Rosenstein

When The Man Who Helped Get The FBI Director Fired Played JCC Softball

(JTA) — Mystery solved! Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who played a central role in James Comey’s firing, used to play center field in a Jewish Community Center softball league.

Or maybe right field. Or maybe short left. It’s unclear.

What is clear is that the man overseeing the FBI’s investigation into Russian meddling in the Trump campaign used to meddle in his teammates’ at-bats.

On a questionnaire he filled out ahead of his Senate Judiciary Committee hearing this year, Rosenstein wrote that he was a member of a “Jewish Community Center Sports League” from 1993 to 2012. Now, in a series of emails to JTA, a former teammate has shed light on Rosenstein’s JCC softball career.

Rosenstein played in a Sunday softball league based out of the JCC in Rockville, Md., a suburb of Washington, D.C. The team was made up mostly of lawyers, and made the finals once — only to lose badly.

The teammate, who wishes to remain anonymous, called Rosenstein a good ballplayer, a good guy — and anything but a fan of President Trump. Here are five of the teammate’s best memories.

He came late, ate a banana, and was ready to play

Rosenstein, who served as a U.S. attorney before ascending to his current post, gained a reputation as a hard worker. He would also fit in a Sunday bicycle ride with his kids. So it may have been tough for him to get to the softball diamond on time. But when he did, he always brought a snack, his teammate wrote:

He shouted advice while his friends were at the plate

Rosenstein, the teammate wrote, played to win. So when the teammate was at bat, Rosenstein did his best to encourage the best swing — or, often, no swing at all:

He hated on-field drama

Rosenstein has a reputation of being a by-the-book attorney — something which his teammate says extended to his softball play. Rosenstein never got upset at the other team, and never thought too much of himself.

He valued honesty — even when it meant scolding his kids…

Rosenstein’s team was a stickler for fair play, an attitude the teammate said Rosenstein liked. And Rosenstein didn’t abide by cutting corners even when it came to his own family:

Which is why, according to the teammate, “it won’t bother him one iota” if Trump is forced out of office.

Since Comey’s firing, Rosenstein has received flak from Trump’s critics, calling him a stooge for the president and questioning his ethics. They point to the 1,000-word memo Rosenstein wrote outlining the reasoning for Comey’s dismissal.

But the teammate says that’s hogwash, writing that although Rosenstein is a Republican, if anyone would be happy to see Trump charged with a crime, it would be him.

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