Prior to the start of Wednesday’s game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees opened Major League Baseball’s league-wide effort to spread awareness and raise research funds for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehirg’s disease, touches close to the hearts of Yankees fans everywhere.
Wednesday marks the 75th anniversary Gehrig’s infamous “Luckiest Man” speech where he announced that his disease would be the end of his career.
The Stadium placed the number 4 down both the first and third base lines to honor Gehrig’s number, the only Yankee to ever where it. The first 18,000 fans in attendance received a Gehrig bobblehead and the Yankees wore a patch on their uniforms to pay recognition to the brave man.
A scoreboard video package was played which featured first basemen from all 30 teams reciting Gehrig’s speech.
A pre-game ceremony occurred which honored individuals who have been suffering from ALS. The president and CEO of the ALS Association Greater New York Chapter was in attendance and was honored by everything that the club did. She made the following statement to give thanks:
“It means so much to us. It certainly raises the profile of our cause, because Lou Gehrig is synonymous with the Yankees, and it really means a lot to us in terms of raising awareness. And, of course, Lou Gehrig was such a great role model for so many both on and off the field. It’s been an inspiration to some of our patients.”
It is currently estimated that around 30,000 people in the United States are suffering from ALS. Another ceremony will be held on Friday when the Yankees head to Minnesota to play the Twins.
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