Think the impeachment hearings and the court of public opinion are hard to stomach. Try this case .”He told a kid to slide. Then he got sued. As I watch this unfold from the nearly empty gallery, I first am overcome with the ridiculousness of the scene. I chuckle when the words ‘bang-bang play’ became courthouse vernacular, grimace when the quality of an opposing JV team is attacked as ‘awful,’ and marvel at the surreal image of an attorney labeling a crude drawing of a baseball diamond as ‘Defense Exhibit 1.’ I had come to Somerville ready to ridicule, but it doesn’t take long for the gravity of the situation to hit me. If this jury of four men and four women decides Suk was reckless as a third-base coach for making this most routine decision, who else will end up in a courtroom like this someday?”