75th Anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s ‘Luckiest Man’ Farewell Speech, “Yet Today I Consider Myself the Luckiest Man on the Face of This Earth.”
75 years later and Lou Gehrig’s farewell speech still brings chills and tears … “I may have been given a bad break, but I have an awful lot to live for.”
It was July 4, 1939 as the New York Yankees honored Lou Gehrig between games of a doubleheader with the Washington Senators before a packed house at Yankee Stadium of 61,000. It was just two short months after the greatest first baseman in the history of baseball, Lou Gerhig, found out that ne suffered from ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, that had robbed the “Iron Horse” of his physical abilities. Gehrig was almost too choked up and emotional to speak following all the tributes; however, he did and the rest is forever history … “Yet Today I Consider Myself the Luckiest Man on the Face of This Earth.”
When the tributes were finished, the 36-year-old Gehrig nearly walked away. He had prepared remarks, but he wasn’t prepared for his own emotions. Naturally shy to begin with, he stared at the ground and wiped away tears with a handkerchief he kept in his back pocket. As fans shouted, “We want Lou!” Sid Mercer, the sportswriter who served as master of ceremonies, told the crowd that Larrupin’ Lou was too moved to speak.
But then McCarthy put his hand on Gehrig’s back and whispered in his ear, as if he were giving his first baseman some last-minute instructions before taking the field. With that, Gehrig approached the microphones, ran his right hand through his hair, took a deep breath and began to speak without notes:
Lou Gehrig’s Farewell Address:
“Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans.
“Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn’t consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day? Sure, I’m lucky. Who wouldn’t consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, the builder of baseball’s greatest empire, Ed Barrow? To have spent six years with that wonderful little fellow, Miller Huggins? Then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart student of psychology, the best manager in baseball today, Joe McCarthy? Sure, I’m lucky.
“When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends you a gift – that’s something. When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies – that’s something. When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles with her own daughter – that’s something. When you have a father and a mother who work all their lives so you can have an education and build your body – it’s a blessing. When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed – that’s the finest I know.
“So I close in saying that I might have been given a bad break, but I’ve got an awful lot to live for.”
- Lou Gehrig
The “Iron Horse” would die two years later.
Lou Gehrig ESPN Sports Century Documentary
WOW, looks like rapper 50 Cent chose the right profession ... As Bob Eucker would say, “Just a bit outside”.
Check out the video below and watch what may be just the worst first pitch at a Major League Baseball game in history. DAMN!!! Talk about losing major street cred. Although I think he did it to make Barack Obama’s past lame first pitches look good. The NY Post quips, the Queens-born rapper, who threw out the first pitch before the Mets took on the Pirates at Citi Field on Tuesday night, would fit right into the Mets’ struggling bullpen. OUCH! In fact many Met fans probably thought it was one of their teams own pitchers warming up.
“It’s good he never had a choice between playing for the Mets or being a rapper.”
Just curious, do these celebs ever practice before they throw out a first pitch and make a fool of themselves?
HE GOT GAME …
Check out what this young Texas Ranger fan does when he gets a foul ball. Although it appears that he is doing the old hidden ball trick and is giving the girl behind him a different ball, truth be known it was the second foul ball that he received during the game. However, the funny part is that when getting this second foul ball, does hr give it to his bud next ti him? No way … he spots the cute blond girl in the second row and gives it to her. The girls reaction is priceless.
This kid is never going to have a problem in the future getting a date for prom.
A-ROD Suspended for 2014 Season: Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz Reduces Ban From 211 to 162 Games … Alex Rodriguez Plans to Sue in Federal Court
A-ROD STRIKES OUT … SUSPENDED FOR 2014 BASEBALL SEASON.
Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz has handed down his decision and it bans the New York Yankee’s Alex Rodriguez for the entire 2014 MLB season. Horowitz’ ruling actually reduced A-Rod’s suspension from 211 games to 162; however, it is still the longest penalty ever for a drug violation. The 162 game ban plus any post-season games in 2014 of the 14-time All-Star and three-time Most Valuable Player is a 100% endorsement of Major League Baseball’s accusations that Rodriguez scored an array of PEDs from Biogenesis.
Alex Rodriguez get hit by pitch by Ryan Dempster of Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park as the crowd boos A-ROD and then cheers after he is hit … A-ROD’s a CHEATER!!!
Alex Rodriguez has been suspended for the entire 2014 season by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, who handed down a 162-game ban to the New York Yankees third baseman for his involvement in Major League Baseball’s Biogenesis scandal.
The suspension also includes all potential playoff games in 2014.
Horowitz’s ruling upholds a good portion of the original 211-game suspension levied by MLB, which banned Rodriguez in August after concluding its investigation. Rodriguez continued playing after appealing the decision.
“The number of games sadly comes as no surprise, as the deck has been stacked against me from day one. This is one man’s decision, that was not put before a fair and impartial jury, does not involve me having failed a single drug test, is at odds with the facts and is inconsistent with the terms of the Joint Drug Agreement and the Basic Agreement, and relies on testimony and documents that would never have been allowed in any court in the United States because they are false and wholly unreliable.
“This injustice is MLB’s first step toward abolishing guaranteed contracts in the 2016 bargaining round, instituting lifetime bans for single violations of drug policy, and further insulating its corrupt investigative program from any variety of defense by accused players, or any variety of objective review. I have been clear that I did not use performance enhancing substances as alleged in the notice of discipline, or violate the Basic Agreement or the Joint Drug Agreement in any manner, and in order to prove it, I will take this fight to federal court. I am confident that when a Federal Judge reviews the entirety of the record, the hearsay testimony of a criminal whose own records demonstrate that he dealt drugs to minors, and the lack of credible evidence put forth by MLB, that the judge will find that the panel blatantly disregarded the law and facts, and will overturn the suspension. (more)
UPDATE I: MLB statement on A-Rod arbitration ruling.
“For more than five decades, the arbitration process under the Basic Agreement has been a fair and effective mechanism for resolving disputes and protecting player rights. While we believe the original 211-game suspension was appropriate, we respect the decision rendered by the panel and will focus on our continuing efforts on eliminating performance-enhancing substances from our game.”
BOSTON RED SOX WIN WORLD SERIES … Wins Game Six over St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 and Clinch WS at Fenway for first time in 95 Years … David Ortiz Wins MVP
RED SOX WIN WORLD SERIES … THEY ARE GOING TO PARTY IN BOSTON LIKE ITS 1918!!!
The Boston Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 6 to 1 in game six of the World Series. It is the first time in 95 years that the Red Sox have won a World Series clinching game in the friendly confines of Fenway Park since 1918 … 95 years!!!
Boston Red Sox proved too “BOSTON STRONG” For Cardinals.
The Cardinals were chicken tonight in walking Boston’s amazing DH and future Hall of Famer David “Big Papi” Ortiz four times, 3 intentionally. However, that did not stop some unlikely heroes to step up to the plate and deliver. Right fielder Shane Victorino did not have a hit coming into tonight’s game and then went 2 for 3 with 4 rbi’s, including a 3 run double in the 3rd inning that put the Sox ahead 3-0. Then SS Stephen Drew who had only one hit, delivered a solo home run putting the Sox up 4-0. However, the two stand outs of the 2013 World Series were DH/1st David Ortiz who batted an amazing .688 and starting pitcher John Lester who won two games and gave up only 2 runs.
The Red Sox, defeated the Cardinals 6-1 on Wednesday to win their eighth World Series title and cap a wicked good worst-to-first season that delighted a city dealing with the aftermath of the deadly bombings at its signature marathon in April.
Shane Victorino drove in four runs with a bases-loaded double in the third and an RBI single in the fourth as Boston took the Series four games to two.
Leading hitter for the Red Sox, David Ortiz, walked four times — three times intentionally — and scored two runs.
A resurgent John Lackey pitched six strong innings before fading in the seventh and leaving with the bases loaded with a 6-1 lead. But reliever Junichi Tazawa got out Allen Craig to blunt the Cardinals’ comeback attempt.
UPDATE II: DAVID “BIG PAPI” ORTIZ WINS MVP!!!
Big Papi, the man who epitomized the grit, determination and will to stay “Boston” strong for the good folks of Boston and helped them overcome the heinous terror attack at the Boston Marathon earlier this year, has been a cult hero in Boston and New England for years. The talented, joking, always smiling and now we learn, rather good 1st baseman has been a team leader for years and is the only remaining player since the Red Sox 2004 World Series victory. However, Ortiz went even beyond even that when he proudly and defiantly stood up to terrorism … “This is Our F*cking City and No One is Going to Dictate Our Freedom… Stay Strong!”
- Then innings later hits a home run in the sixth inning against same Boston Red Sox pitcher
A fan has died at Turner Field in Atlanta, GA as he fell 65 feet to his death during last nights Braves – Phillies game. The incident occurred at approximately 8:55 PM. Atlanta Police spokesman John Chafee stated, “It appears that the male fell from an upper-level platform to a secured lot below.” The man was rushed to Atlanta Medical Center where he later died from his injuries. Authorities do not believe this was a case of foul play, it appears to have been accidental. An investigation continues.
Chafee said the fall occurred on the stadium’s back side. He said witnesses described the fall as accidental, but that police were not releasing other details of what they said.
He said he did not know if wet conditions or alcohol were factors.
According to the Fulton County Medical Examiner, the man has been identified as 29 year old Ronald Homer of Conyers, GA.
A man died after he fell about 65 feet from an upper level of Atlanta’s Turner Field during a Braves-Phillies game Monday, police said.
The man fell shortly before 8:55 p.m at the stadium and landed in a secured parking lot.
Atlanta police said the fall appeared to be accidental and added it was too early to tell if alcohol played a factor.
In 2008, Justin Hayes fell 150 feet to his death during an Atlanta Braves & NY Mets game.
Welcome back Alex Rodriquez … CHEATER!!!
The Chicago White Sox fans booed Alex Rodriquez unmercifully last night in Chicago in his first plate appearance with the Yankees since the MLB suspended him today for 211 games for PED use. Rodriquez said he would appeal the suspension. All I can say is A-ROD thinks he was booed last night, wait until he takes his first at bat back in Yankee Stadium. He is going to hear more than just Bronx cheers. Yankee fans are going to boo him like has not been heard in years.
Alex Rodriguez stepped up to the plate greeted by a standing boo-vation and blooped a single in his first at-bat of the season.
Hours after Major League Baseball suspended the New York Yankees star through the 2014 season in the Biogenesis drug case, Chicago White Sox fans got their say Monday night.
And, boy, did they let him hear it.
They jeered him during pregame warmups and introductions, and they really tore into him when he walked to the batter’s box leading off the second inning.
Big Papi David Ortiz Says What All of Boston Was Thinking at Today’s Red Sox-Royals MLB Game … “This is Our F*cking City and No One is Going to Dictate Our Freedom… Stay Strong!” (Update: FCC Blesses F-Bomb)
WHY WE LOVE DAVID ORTIZ AND THE SOX … NEVER HAS AN INAPPROPRIATE WORD BEEN SO APPROPRIATE.
Today at Fenway Park on Yawkey Way, the emotional pre-game ceremonies paid tribute to the victims of last Monday’s Boston Marathon. They honored the first responders, the paramedics, firemen, the marathon volunteers, the Boston and Watertown police, the FBI and other federal agencies that took part in the bombing investigation, Gov. Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. Boston and the surrounding communities have been rocked over the past couple of days since the cowardly, terror acts of two terrorists, Dzhokar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Yesterday’s Red Sox game was actually canceled not due to rain or snow, but because of the manhunt for suspect #2, Dzhokar Tsarnaev. However, all that ended last night in Watertown, MA as Dzhokar was captured alive.
The team replaced the legendary stitching of Red Sox across the front of their jersey’s with “Boston”.
Today’s Red Sox game was a celebration of getting back to normalcy, remembering those innocent people who were senselessly murdered and honoring the heroes who ran toward the bomb blasts to help the 100′s of individuals who were seriously injured. To thank the hard work of the local, state and federal authorities who in less than a week captured one terror bombing suspect alive and sent the other one to Hell. However, to know Boston and it’s people’s want to show that terrorist acts will never win, Big Papi’s inappropriate comments may have been the most appropriate comment to make. To the resounding roar of cheers David Ortiz addressed those in attendance at Fenway Park, to Boston and all of the Bay State … “This is Our F*cking City and No One is Going to Dictate Our Freedom… Stay Strong!”
DAVID ORTIZ … “THIS IS OUR FU@KING CITY AND NO ONE IS GOING TO DICTATE OUR FREEDOM!!!”
“All right,” he said. “All right, Boston.”
“This jersey that we wear today,” he said, “it doesn’t say Red Sox. It says Boston. We want to thank you Mayor [Tom] Menino, Gov. [Deval] Patrick, the whole police department for the great job they did this past week.
“This is our f*cking city and nobody is going to dictate our freedom. Stay strong.”
Way to go Big Papi. I can here Joey and Bobby in the North End responding to Ortiz’s words, “F’n A, F’n A!!!” In the end, the Sox gave the people of Beantown a 4-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals.
Check out the UK Daily Mail for many pics of the day’s pregame ceremonies celebrating the victims and the heroes of the Boston Marathon bombings and the terrorist subsequent being taken down and capture.
UPDATE I: The FCC blesses David Ortiz’s “F-Bomb”. Finally, some common sense from a government department. As we had stated earlier, never has the an inappropriate word ever been more appropriate for the situation. The only thing missing would have been for Big Papi to say, … and its our F*cking Country too!” FCC, with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski tweeting his blessing from the government agency’s official Twitter account.
Terrorism Loses at the Boston Marathon … New York Yankees Play Sweet Caroline (a Boston Red Sox Tradition) at Yankee Stadium Standing United
YOU KNOW TERRORIM HAS LOST WHEN … YANKEES PLAY ‘SWEET CAROLINE’ AT YANKEE STADIUM.
For those, foreign or domestic, terrorists that would ever thing your cowardly acts can change this great country we call the “UNITED” States … you lose!!! Following the doubling bombing that took place at the finish line of the Boston Marathon where three people were killed and over 170 injured, many sat back in disbelief as to how this could happen. Sadly, there is always EVIL in the world, but the following may be even more shocking. I say this with some levity as being a live long Boston Red Sox fan and having spent many a day and night at Yankee Stadium being harassed by Yankee fans and as we know them, the Evil Empire, today I give them many KUDOS.
Its one thing for ‘Sweet Caroline” to be played in tribute to Boston in baseball parks across America, but NYC and the hated rivals, the NY Yankees? That is correct terrorists, that’s what you accomplished with your cowardly acts. YOU DID THE IMPOSSIBLE … you brought NYC and Boston together as one. Last night between innings of the game, the NY Yankees played “SWEET CAROLINE”, a tradition at every Red Sox home game, Diamond’s classic Sweet Caroline is played on the ballpark’s speakers before the bottom of the 8th inning. You would actually have to witness in live, see video here, to truly appreciate the experience at Fenway. Who would have ever thought? Probably the greatest sports rivals in professional baseball and the two fan bases with the most dislike toward one another come together as one against the evils of terrorism. TERRORISTS, YOU LOSE … you have made us stronger, united and more resolved, not weaker or afraid. Never in my lifetime did I ever think ‘Sweet Caroline’ would ever be played in Yankee Stadium. It took an act of terrorism and people to come together against real EVIL. Thank you New York, much appreciated!
NEW YORK STANDS UNITED WITH BOSTON
Much like after the horrendous act of terrorism on 9-11, following the Boston Marathon bombing, we are all Bostonians today. Hey cowards, You attack one of us, you attack all of us!