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(Fox Sports)   MLB puts together a slightly dusty tribute in honor of the 75th anniversary of Lou Gehrig's farewell speech   (msn.foxsports.com ) divider line
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2014-07-03 05:51:35 PM  
So is that a Yankee thing that Naps got literally one word in the entire thing, or did he fark up?
 
2014-07-03 07:34:58 PM  
His RBI numbers were friggin' insane. 140 RBI or more NINE TIMES. If he had stayed healthy, he'd still be the career leader in RBI. As it is, he's 5th and he did it basically in 14 seasons.
 
2014-07-03 08:05:09 PM  

FriarReb98: So is that a Yankee thing that Naps got literally one word in the entire thing, or did he fark up?



It was probably the only word he knew how to read.
 
2014-07-03 08:28:14 PM  

nein: FriarReb98: So is that a Yankee thing that Naps got literally one word in the entire thing, or did he fark up?


It was probably the only word he knew how to read.


Bullshiat.  He totally knows how to read a beer menu.
 
2014-07-03 09:21:20 PM  
Nick Swisher may be a sh*t player, but I'm pretty sure he's the only one of those guys who memorized his line, instead of having to read it directly off of the cue card.
 
2014-07-03 09:49:13 PM  

theknuckler_33: His RBI numbers were friggin' insane. 140 RBI or more NINE TIMES. If he had stayed healthy, he'd still be the career leader in RBI. As it is, he's 5th and he did it basically in 14 seasons.


He's in Willie Mays area as far as homers, too. If he didn;t, you know, contract that horrible disease that bears his name and all.
 
2014-07-03 10:11:46 PM  
Mel Allen's Wiki:

He periodically recounted an anecdote that occurred during his first full season (1940) as Yankee play-by-play man. Hall of Fame first baseman Lou Gehrig had been forced to retire the year before after having been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a fatal illness. Speaking with Allen in the Yankee dugout, Gehrig told him "Mel, I never got a chance to listen to your games before because I was playing every day. But I want you to know they're the only thing that keeps me going." Allen broke down in tears after Gehrig departed.
 
2014-07-03 10:35:35 PM  
I sure wish Derek Jeter would take some notes on how to retire with some dignity intact, instead of The Derek Jeter Retirement Extravaganza. Seriously, who announces their retirement at the BEGINNING of the season? Assholes and Yankees, that's who.
 
2014-07-03 10:44:52 PM  
Gosh, my allergies are really acting up.
 
2014-07-03 10:50:30 PM  

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: I sure wish Derek Jeter would take some notes on how to retire with some dignity intact, instead of The Derek Jeter Retirement Extravaganza. Seriously, who announces their retirement at the BEGINNING of the season? Assholes and Yankees, that's who.


Considering the alternative is to be hounded about it every waking day of the season, I've got no problem with it.

I had no problem when Chipper did it, and I don't even like the guy.
 
2014-07-03 10:52:45 PM  
If a mafia (not that there is such a thing) hit man kills you with a baseball bat they would say he died of Lou Gehrigs disease.


Too soon?
 
2014-07-03 10:53:23 PM  
If he was so smart, how come he's dead?
 
2014-07-03 10:59:46 PM  

jmr61: Baseball sucks.

Always has, always will.


I like when I see

jmr61 sucks.

always has,always will.
 
2014-07-03 11:50:46 PM  
What are the odds of Lou Gehrig contracting Lou Gehrig's disease? It blows my mind.
 
2014-07-04 12:32:40 AM  

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: I sure wish Derek Jeter would take some notes on how to retire with some dignity intact, instead of The Derek Jeter Retirement Extravaganza. Seriously, who announces their retirement at the BEGINNING of the season? Assholes and Yankees, that's who.


It's not as egotistical as it seems, actually. It's like a band saying, "hey, this is it, we're done, so if you want, see us play now before it's too late."

He's one of the great modern ambassadors of baseball, of course people want to have advance knowledge of his farewell tour.

If A-Rod were doing it, I'd sign him off with a throwing arm full of D batteries.
 
2014-07-04 12:47:52 AM  

MatrixOutsider: What are the odds of Lou Gehrig contracting Lou Gehrig's disease? It blows my mind.


It bottles mine.
 
2014-07-04 12:48:11 PM  

Arkanaut: Gosh, my allergies are really acting up.


Yeah, Gehrig was my father's favorite player - his childhood hero.
 
2014-07-04 03:19:38 PM  
Jonathan Eig's "Luckiest Man" is a must-read for anyone, even if you're not a baseball fan. Gives you a new appreciation of a lot of things, not just of Gehrig.
 
2014-07-04 05:03:09 PM  

theknuckler_33: His RBI numbers were friggin' insane. 140 RBI or more NINE TIMES. If he had stayed healthy, he'd still be the career leader in RBI. As it is, he's 5th and he did it basically in 14 seasons.


If you're playing in a league with a .300 average, you're going to drive in some runs. Esp. if you're hitting 4th in an absolutely stacked lineup. He was a great, great player, but his RBI numbers are a little bit misleading.
 
2014-07-04 06:07:41 PM  

keypusher: theknuckler_33: His RBI numbers were friggin' insane. 140 RBI or more NINE TIMES. If he had stayed healthy, he'd still be the career leader in RBI. As it is, he's 5th and he did it basically in 14 seasons.

If you're playing in a league with a .300 average, you're going to drive in some runs. Esp. if you're hitting 4th in an absolutely stacked lineup. He was a great, great player, but his RBI numbers are a little bit misleading.



Except that you're talking about a guy with the 4th best OPS+ and 14th best offensive bWAR of all time.  And other players (Greenberg, Foxx, Ruth) hit in stacked lineups as well, yet didn't have as much RBI prowess as Gehrig (I believe Ruth topped 140 six times, and Greenberg four times).  So the 140+ RBIs simply adds to his lore, it doesn't define him at all.

And while Gehrig played in a high-offense era, the AL BA never topped .289 and was usually in the .280 range.  When you consider that the average OBP/OPS in his era was about .355/.775, and the average OBP/OPS from approximately 1995-2006 was .340/.770, yet only Griffey, Sosa, Juan Gonzalez, A-Rod, and Manny Ramirez came close to having even 130+ RBI five times in that time (they had four 130+ RBI seasons in that span), well, what Gehrig did is awfully impressive, no matter how overrated the RBI stat is (perhaps more impressive is that Gehrig  averaged 154 RBIs in an 11-year span, and there have been only 34 times in the history of baseball, including Gehrig's multiple times, when a player had 154 or more RBIs in a season).
 
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