Join ALS Campaign to Get the Yankees to Sell Lou Gehrig Jerseys and Become the World’s Nicest Evil Empire

December 17th, 2010 by Al Lewis (alewis)

If you or a loved one has been touched by ALS, then you know how little is known about it.  More basic research is needed, which requires raising money.   An easy way to raise money would be for the Yankees to sell Lou Gehrig #4 replica jerseys and donate the profits.  (We are not asking to donate all the proceeds — just the profits.)  

Because there is no reason from them to say no.   It’s actually in their interest to have people all over the country associating the Yankees with a good cause and wearing their jerseys.    

We need to start a mass emailing campaign.  Forward this link to   

Then  ”like” the WhyTheHeck facebook page and receive access to a lifetime of original ideas.  Most are policy (neither liberal nor conservative — just better ideas) but this one is personal for all of us who have been affected by this disease.

That’s all you need to do.  They won’t listen to me, but they might listen to us.

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18 Responses to “Join ALS Campaign to Get the Yankees to Sell Lou Gehrig Jerseys and Become the World’s Nicest Evil Empire”

  1. ALSfriend Says:

    I just did this, exactly as you suggested. Where is everyone else? Why do they even need to be convinced?

  2. Jeremiah Says:

    I have posted this to my facebook profile and will continue reposting till I see my friends responding and commenting on this.

    Thank you for a great idea, my mother passed last year from this disease. Its time more people stepped up to help in the search for answers, treatment and a cure for this horrible disease.

    My family is active in fund raising and awareness campaigns and I am going to make sure each of them is aware of what you are doing here.

    Thank you so much.

  3. Anne Llewellyn Says:

    Al, I am also going to sign up for this cause as I had a patient in the mid 80s who had ALS. she made a huge impression upon me and the others in the Respiratory ICU. Thanks for raising the issue and fighting for the cause.

  4. Shannon DesRoche Says:

    Very happy to do this. My father in-law just passed from this awful disease. Anything to raise awareness and further research for the cure.

  5. Jill Says:

    Done! ALS is a devastating disease and I lost a good friend and fellow officer to it this year. He was much too young and left behind and wife and 2 children. Anything to fund more research and get the word out!

  6. Anonymous Says:

    I will be happy to do anything to help raise awareness, hands down.

  7. Jared DesRoche Says:

    I will be happy to do anything to help raise awareness, hands down.

  8. Robert Says:

    LET’s DO IT!Go to the site listed.

  9. Sharon Iles Says:

    I will personally be bombarding them with emails!! I lost my mom/best friend to ALS on July 2nd. Why should we even have to do this to get people’s attention??? I have a very hard time wrapping my brain around that!! :(

  10. Dolly Says:

    My Dad is currently suffering from this horrific disease… shame on the yankees for not supporting so many suffering fans

  11. kelley Hajagos Says:

    my husband of 14 years passed away from this… we were divorced at the time he was diagnosed. As the father of all three of my children grew weaker and weaker, I too felt his pain… he had two stem cell procedures and still not better…To support Als I am putting together a inspirational book. This book will include all surfing photos from a competition put on in Huntington beach in 2010….I will be sending part of the proceeds to the ALS foundation. So If I a simple low income mother of 3 can donate to this cause I think the Yankees can put up either the money they would of gotten for the jersey or just put up the jersey for action…. I am sure it will bring a pretty penny… If you have ever known anyone with this you would donate everything you have to get them better… believe me… its worse than Cancer…. my prayers and tears go out to all that have loved, known, and even taken care of a ALS patient… It is the most horrible thing anyone can have… anyone…

  12. kelley Hajagos Says:

    How ironic is this… I just noticed the date this was posted and Andy Hajagos the father of all three of my children would of been 51 years old on that day… it would of been his birthday… Andy lived for three years after diagnosed, he was 46 years old….

  13. paula Says:

    to sad for words-it just is-another vital weapon-is the the muscular dystropy association-you are not alone-EVER-in this-wish this could get to Mr Jerry Lewis-he has to know-what you are doing-

  14. Karen Says:

    I don’t understand why more isn’t being done????!!!!!

  15. Michelle Says:

    My mom was diagnosed with ALS when I was 13, it started with her breathing, 3 1/2 years after being diagnosed she passed away at the age of 51, I was 16. About a year and a half after she was diagnosed I started a website for two causes, This is one of them. My mom was an amazing person and I’m truly blessed to have had an amazing mom for 16 wonderful years. As with everyone who has or has passed from this she didn’t deserve it, and while she knew that there probably wouldn’t be a cure in her lifetime she wanted to raise awareness and funds for those who would benifet from it so that is what I am trying to do in the only way I know how. I will continue to help until the help is no longer needed because its what my mom would have wanted.

  16. liz from North Carolina Says:

    I lost my dad to ALS. I had read Tuesdays with Morrie but had never known anyone with ALS until 2 years later and my dad was diagnosed and quickly passed away. This is an amazing win-win for the Yankees and I hope they see it. It’s a no-brainer, unless they have no brains!!

  17. alewis Says:

    The only thing I can think of is that MLB and not the Yankees owns the rights to the jersey. That shouldn’t be an impediment. That would mean that for every jersey sold, each team owner gets maybe a quarter? So they can still get their two bits even under our plan. They would just add maybe $50 to the price of the jerseys and that $50 would go towards ALS.

    Still, it would be very distressing to me if the owners couldn’t waive their rights to their quarters under the circumstances.

    If the Yanks want to do this and the other owners don’t, it will happen. It may take some embarrassment in the national media, but it will happen. There is basically no scenario where this doesn’t happen — just a matter to time and working through the obstacles. It is helped a lot by all the support on the blog and on the facebook page that people have been offering…and by continuing to spread the word.

  18. paula Says:

    i so agree-this will happen-you need a name for her-right? honor her-something to call this quest… something with her name on it- and…janet..forever loved,forevermissed-never forgotten…

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