— New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 2, 2014
Lou Gehrig’s famous “Luckiest Man” speech is one of the pivotal moments in Yankees and baseball history, so it’s no surprise the Yankees are going all out to commemorate the 75th anniversary of that sad occasion.
The commemoration includes the use of special bases for the July 2 game between the Yankees and Rays at Yankee Stadium.
A video was also produced showing current first basemen doing bits of Gehrig’s great speech. The Yankees are also wearing a patch in honor of Gehrig, the famed Iron Horse, who while still in the prime of his Hall of Fame career was stricken down by the disease that would eventually bear his name.
As usual, nobody does historic commemoration like the Yankees. And no team has more history to commemorate than the Yankees. In other words, they have lots of practice at this commemoration stuff. They’re good at it.
Another thing they’re good at: stretching out retirement celebrations so they last the whole season. Lou Gehrig never got a victory lap like Derek Jeter, because Lou Gehrig had to retire because of a disease.
Basically, Derek Jeter is kind of a dick for having a whole retirement season and in a way is insulting Lou Gehrig. Am I not right?