The Dodgers Celebrate Lou Gehrig Day

Wednesday, 6/2/2021
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021

On a gorgeous Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers slammed the Saint Louis Cardinals 14-to-3.

For the first time since the Dodgers moved Los Angeles, they scored eleven runs in one inning. In the first against Carlos Martinez, the Dodgers exploded, especially Cody Bellinger who had a two-run single and a grand slam. Everyone participated, even Walker Buehler who had a fourth-inning two-run double. Buehler, Edwin Uceta, and Alex Vesia pitched well.

Wednesday was the first annual Lou Gehrig Day through the Major Leagues. Playing in the shadow of Babe Ruth, Gehrig was a brilliant power-hitting first baseman who never missed a game for fourteen years. The Iron Horse, who was suffering the devasting effects of ALS also known as Lou Gehrig disease, took himself out of the lineup. After receiving the sad diagnosis, Gehrig said he was “the luckiest man on the face of Earth.” On June 2, 1941, seventeen days before his thirty-eighth birthday, Gehrig died from pneumonia, a common complication of ALS.

ALS still does not have a cure, and the average lifespan of an ALS is five years. This awful motor neuron disease leaves its patients to become totally paralyzed, unable to breathe without a respirator, and needing a feeding tube. Despite keeping their mental capabilities, they lose their power to speak. Although they automatically qualify for Medicare, people with ALS have tremendous medical expenses. They usually need an AAC (Augmentative Alternative Communication) device with an eye gaze system so that they can communicate, and these devices cost about $18,000. Medicare pays only 80 percent. If you can donate to help ALS patients, please visit https://www.als.org/get-involved/ways-give.

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