“The luckiest man”

Gehrig.jpg70 years ago, a dying Lou Gehrig stood on the field at Yankee Stadium and said goodbye to baseball, making what can only be considered the most memorable and greatest speech in the game’s history.

Today, this Fourth of July, every Major League team playing at home will conduct a special on-field ceremony to commemorate his farewell. The Yankees are hosting a special “4-ALS Awareness” ceremony on the field this afternoon at 1 p.m. and will recognize Michael Goldsmith, a lifelong baseball fan who contributed to the development of the “4-ALS” initiative.

In addition, to honor Gehrig, a “4-ALS” logo will appear on top of first base in every ballpark around the Majors. All on-field personnel will wear a patch honoring the initiative, and Yankees players will help recreate Gehrig’s speech in a video tribute.

There is a great display inside Gate 4 at the Stadium which has a large photograph of Gehrig speaking on July 4, 1939, accompanied by a continuous loop of the audio. Today would be a great day to stop in and check it out if you’re headed here.

“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 may have had a tough break, but I have an awful lot to live for.”

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JUST DON’t CALL ME UN-American!!
Thats Worse..

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NEW THREAD

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gehrig27, You can say it, I’m a Frinnin A – Hole… I Won’t be mad!!

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NA I am angry because baseball IS A BUSINESS!!

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This is the first and hopefully the only time I will make a comment not related to the Yankees, their season and how we all enjoy this wonderful game, baseball.

I just want to add to what many have already written before: THIS IS NOT A THERAPEUTIC BLOG. This is not a place for some xxxxxxx (fill in the blanks the way you choose) to expose his anger management problems!!!! There must be places where he can display all his excentricities. Come on! now it all comes to the fact that he is angry because he has discovered that baseball has a lot to do with business…Jesus, what a weekend, first Sarah Palin, and now this….

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I left off the 56 signature to keep it shorter, SORRY!!
But PEOPLE read the Declaration of Independence in its entirety REMEMBER it and HOLD IT TRUE!!!
Todd R. Erickson

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TO ALL:

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

IN CASE YOU FORGOT WHAT THE MOST IMPORTANT DOCUMENT SAID!!!!!!

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juliasrants,
And IF THAT IS THE CASE about the FRIGGIN RED HATS, HOW COME MLB is NOT GIVING ALL THE MONEY MADE by the purchase of these CRAPPY RED hats to Veterens..HMM LIKE I said it is a MONEY making Scheme by MLB thats all PLAIN AND SIMPLE!!
Keep the Yankees in THEIR uniforms, NOT the Cardnials uniforms..
Next it will be Whit hats with friggin fireworks plastered in the top or bill of the hat!!!

STUPID!!!

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juliasrants,
I am a Vet and this has NOTHING to do with the RED hats being worn by the yankees. It is a MONEY MAKING Idea by MLB.. Thats ALL PLAIN AND SIMPLE… The Yankees have 2 uniforms THATS ALL If you want to see different colors WATCH THE FRIGGIN METS with there 50 some ODD uniforms.
Red hats with the multi-color NY LOGO MEAN NOTHING–NOTHING!!
What GANG is goint to NOW use these hats to determine the COLORS of there gang, their, terf, ect.. If you ever get out YOU WILL KNOW what I mean. THis is wrong I have been with OVER 500 VETS this Weekend little MISSY and ALL FEEL THE SAME AS ME FOOLISH!!!!!
SO don’t go on HOW I’M UNAMERICAN and don’t care about vets-UNTIL you ask SOMEONE YOU FRIGGIN IDIOT!, what they have been through in their lives shut your friggin PIE HOLE YOU FRACKEN TRAMP!!!!!!

Go rant on your friggin blog tramp and leave the Patriotism TO SOME ONE WHO HAS BEEN THERE–NOT SOME ONE WHO PRETENDS..
NEVER AND I MEAN NEVER CRITISE SOMEONE FOR BEING ANTI-AMERICAN unless you know– TRAMP!!!

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Todd E – the Red Hats are being worn in honor of MLB’s support of our returning Veterans and their families. If you have a problem with that then I think you have some serious soul searching to do on what Freedom means. Being disrespectful to our Vets is very un-American and not a sentiment that one should have; especially on the weekend of Nation’s birthday. Check out MLB.com and you can read about MLB’s support of our Vets.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

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Texas knocked Price out in the second inning and beat the Rays 12-4.

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On Cano; Quotes from Joe “He has hit some balls hard in those situations,” Girardi said. “Today was a tough day for him………
“It’s not like he hasn’t been productive at any point this season. He’s in a little tough stretch. ( Are you sure Joe??) Pull him from the 5 slot, They’re walking Arod to pitch to our ground ball hitter. He’s had to many tough days lately.. Get Long busy!
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On Wangs replacement: Girardi said that Phil Hughes and Alfredo Aceves are not stretched out enough to pitch a full outing, but Aceves could offer 55 to 60 pitches and Hughes 45 to 50. ( How can they get stretched out if you only pitch them only one inning and rest them at least a day before you use them again, If you’re going to use them as long relievers you need to let them pitch more innings)

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If Wang can be back by the 21st, we’ll only need one spot start on the 9th. That could go to Aceves, Hughes, or even Tomko!

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Anson strikes again for Thunder
July 3, 2009
http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/mlb/minorleagues/team_index.jsp?c_id=nyy

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The Yan–kees win!! A nailbiter though. They had lots of opportunities to put it away earlier. Bases loaded and CAno grounds out. Lately Cano has been useless as a hitter and particularly as a clutch hitter with guys on base. He’s almost a sure out and usually hits into a DP. The hitting coach has got to find out what is wrong with him, with his mechanics or his head. He needs to come out of the 5th hole in the lineup and hit lower or sit on the bench for a few games and work on his swing. He does a great job defensively but offensively he’s not getting done. And he’s always Mr. Cool like ARod whenever he strikes out or hits into a DP or fails to bring a runner in. He needs to show a little bit of disgust with himself, give himself a kick in the _ss! If he doesn’t do it to himself the manager should. It looks like Hughes is probably going to back into the rotation with Wang injured.

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THANK GOD Cano didn’t hit into another DP, 3 cheers for JORGE!!!

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* And with the M’s defeating the Sux 3-2

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I agree that I would rather see Cano make one out instead of two. But, I’m just glad that the fact that Yanks won in the end and extra happy cause the Sux lost!

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Before everybody goes nuts over Canó bunting on a 3-0 count, let me just say that considering his recent RISP woes, I’d take one out instead of another DP. Plus, in A-Rod they had a better runner in scoring position.

Anyway…Posada comes thru and the Yankees win! And with the M’s defeating the Sux 3-3 at Fenway, the Bombers are 1 game out of first place. Pretty sweet. Happy 4th of July!

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Here we go again, intent balls to ARod to get to Cano to ground into double play…maybe this time he’ll do something, we need just a hit just at least a single! C’mon, do something!

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I’m a Canó fan, but watching him ground to 2B EVERY SINGLE TIME in this game is too much even for me. Girardi needs to either bench him for a couple of days or drop him to 7th in the lineup.

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Here comes Cano again, I’m Hoping for better results, 2 runners on with 2 out, How about a walk off HIT… WE NEED A BIG HIT NOW!!!

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And now this Jays reliever is going to walk ARod intentionally so he can get Cano out easily since he fails in RISP situation! PERFECT! (sarcastically)

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I think that Cano should be benched for being too aggressive at the plate. Maybe that’ll teach him something. I just can’t stand watching him swinging at first, second, and third pitches and even worse, seeing him ground into double plays and leaving too many men on bases. When was the last time he walked? Seems like forever!

Assuming if the game goes into extra innings, I can see that Hinske will pinch-hit for Ransom because Ransom is much worse hitter than Hinske is.

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I just can’t believe it, Cano batting .303 and it appears that he ruins more innings with his DPs. Except for the HR everything he hits is on the ground, he rarely gets into a count, swinging at 1st pitch. Get him out of the 5 slot anyone would be better there. at least Johnny gave us another chance with his big hit, What has happened with the TEX over 70 abs no HRs?, Did someone change his bat?, he looks like he has a bat made of balsa wood, he can’t get the ball past the infield. We can beat Halladay, He is hittable today. IF Canoe were hitting we’d have a good lead..
Put him on the bench. I thought we’d see Hinske by now, I’m anxious to see what he can do.

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John-ny Da-mon!

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Damn it! Canó’s continuous failure with RISP today now looms large with that 2-run HR given up by Wang.

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Jorge!

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Matsui-san!
Halladay doesn’t look bad but he doesn’t seem lights out. The Yankees have been seeing the ball pretty nicely. Hopefully, he won’t regain his classic form today.

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The red hats are being worn all weekend.

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Friggin Red Hats Again!!!
I REFUSE to watch this game so I guess the RERUNS of Independence Day with Will Smith will have to do!!
Shame ON MLB!!
Shame ON the New York Yankees!!!
Always trying to make Fracken Money off US!!
Screw Them!!!!!!
See ya all TOMORROW—If NO RED HATS!!!

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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 3, 2009

Scranton/WB 6
Pawtucket (Red Sox) 1
W: Towers (3-5, 4.45); L: Johnson, K (3-8, 5.86)
HR: SWB: Curtis (2). PAW: Denker, T (3).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_07_03_swbaaa_pawaaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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Trenton 10
Erie (Tigers) 1
W: Texeira, K (6-4, 3.25); L: Weber (1-1, 6.43)
HR: TRN: Vazquez, J (12), Anson (2). ERI: Boesch (17).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_07_03_treaax_eswaax_1
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Lakeland (Tigers) 0
Tampa 1
W: Pendleton (8-4, 2.71); L: Hess (3-6, 3.13); SV: Hovis (12)
HR: TAM: Laird (6).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_07_03_lakafa_tbyafa_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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Greenville (Red Sox) 0
Charleston 4
W: Phelps (9-2, 2.84); L: Clay (3-4, 3.19); SV: Nolte (1)
HR: CSC: Weems (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=g_box&gid=2009_07_03_capafx_crdafx_1
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Staten Island 2
Lowell (Red Sox) 4
W: Pressly (2-0, 1.20); L: Lare (1-1, 1.84); SV: Perez, P (1)
HR: SI: Almonte, Z (1).
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_07_03_staasx_lowasx_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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GCL Braves 2
GCL Yankees 5
W: Turley (1-0, 0.90); L: Niekro (1-1, 2.57); SV: Tatis (1)
HR: None.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2009_07_03_brarok_yanrok_1&t=g_box&did=milb
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.
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YANKEES MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD July 4, 2009
Pawtucket (Red Sox) 7:05 PM
Scranton/WB
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New Britain (Twins) 7:05 PM
Trenton
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Tampa
Lakeland (Tigers) 5:00 PM
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Charleston
Asheville (Rockies) 7:05 PM
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Lowell (Red Sox) 7:00 PM
Staten Island
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GCL Yankees
GCL Pirates 10:00 AM
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You may also see http://www.yankeesdaily.com for details.

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