You may recall that Gehrig also earned his nickname as "The Iron Horse" by playing in a record 2,130 games before succumbing to a bizarre muscular disease that eventually was named in his honor. His record for that playing streak lasted 56 years until Cal Ripken Jr., kept going and going before snapping it in 1995.
Nothing against Ripken Jr., but Gehrig remains the standard bearer for that record, too.
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Miracle Whip vs. Mayonnaise: MLB Style
A blogger is a blogger is a blogger. The format lends itself to opinion, not to reporting. I try to remain as objective as possible on here, but I don't always succeed (hopefully I will be able to pull it off this time). Unfortunately, some sites have "columnists" and that can lead to confusion. At least until the columnist goes off the deep end and shows themselves as morons. This time it was Terrence Moore at MLB.com, who has decided that record holders without "zing" don't get to be the ones that are recognized.
What "zing" might look like
I am not going to get into the argument about if Alex Rodriguez having the career grand slam record (he is one away, and odds are he'll beat it eventually) or Barry Bonds having the most career home runs can be legitimately questioned with the proof of their using PEDs (mainly because I am not sure how I feel about this one), but his argument that Cal Ripken Jr. plays second fiddle to Lou Gehrig when looking at the consecutive games played record because Gehrig had the "it factor" that Ripken lacked is just asinine. Yes, Gehrig was a freak of nature and one of the greatest players ever, but just because he wound up dying from a disease through no fault of his own
Or WAS it?
That doesn't mean that Ripken's accomplishment was any less notable. Especially since he played a position that required more physicality (SS over Gehrig's 1B), and he had a lot more wear and tear in regards to travel (Gehrig never flew across the country, and most of his games were during the day).
In case you don't feel like wading through the ramblings of Terrence Moore, here is what he had to say about Ripken vs. Gehrig:
The fact that this man has a vote for who gets into the Hall of Fame is not comforting.
And on a personal note to Mr. Moore, if Joe DiMaggio, a teammate of Lou Gehrig, was cool with Ripken breaking Gehrig's record, maybe you should bite your tongue on this opining you are doing.