Gehrig Jersey Trail Leading to Major League Baseball — Yankees and Red Sox Now on Board

January 20th, 2011 by Al Lewis (alewis)

Our email letter-writing to the Yankees has paid off.   They are now supportive (not particularly enthusiastic, considering they are the main beneficiaries) of our efforts to dedicate profits from a Lou Gehrig jersey for ALS research.   By contrast, we didn’t have to bombard the Red Sox with emails.   The right person at the Red Sox wrote back and was very enthusiastic about the idea.

By way of background, the need for Yankee support is obvious, the Red Sox less so.  The reason for the latter is,  in order to identify this Lou Gehrig jersey as an ALS jersey, we were thinking of putting a picture of Curt Schilling’s cleats — a photo is on the facebook page — on the back.   Knowing that cameras would be focused on his bloody sock, he wrote “K ALS” on his shoe.  That’s why Red Sox support is important.  Further, the ex-governor of Massachusetts was  just diagnosed with ALS and we would want him to be presented with the first jersey.

So now we are talking to the folks at MLB.  I am hoping they get on board — ultimately, it is their call — but I know how incredibly helpful those letters to the Yankees were and I may be asking everyone to a reprise, this time with MLB.

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9 Responses to “Gehrig Jersey Trail Leading to Major League Baseball — Yankees and Red Sox Now on Board”

  1. Rose Says:

    I am so glad that this is finally taking off! This was a great idea and I can’t imagine why the Yankees would ever have been against it. I also had sent an e-mail, lost my beloved Uncle to ALS (going on 2 yrs this May). Thx so much for doing this.

  2. mikedowling Says:

    should be we writing letters to mlb or what should we be doing

  3. alewis Says:

    we are going to try going through channels first. Don’t expect this to happen quickly. That’s just the nature of life. We may need to mount a letter-writing campaign. You can offer to unlock the secrets of the universe for someone, but if it’s not their idea, it always takes a while to convince them.

  4. jasons Says:

    If they say no I hope you aren’t going to stop there, right????

  5. paula Says:

    Please,please,please-NEVER give up-If they say no-maybe the Boston Red Sox will say yes to something-keeping things real-and then it will like FORCEthe Yankees to do it-thing is….way sooner than later-right? …this means so much to so many…..If anyone can get the Yankees to do this…YOU CAN-and Janet….for you-forever loved,forever missed….NEVER forgotten….

  6. Melissa Says:

    So, what is keeping the Yankees from being more enthusiastic about this effort??? Do you know?

  7. VinnyK Says:

    The Yankees get so many offers about Jersey’s and there are so many laws to protect there name that it’s realy not fair to put them down. They are supportive and thats great Although I guess some shallow Red Sox Fans demand something negative about the Yanks. I have a muscle disease (MG) I think what you have done is great and if all goes right with everything Yankee fans will donate the most because after all they are the greatest. God Bless and keep up the good work!

  8. alewis Says:

    I think VinnyK got it right, Melissa. They have a lot of things to be thinking about and somebody calling in to propose doing something really great, well, they get a TON of calls and it’s asking a lot for them to separate the best ideas from the others, especially when the rights belong to MLB.

    On the other hand, the Sox were thrilled. (Sorry, Vinny…couldn’t resist.)

    Al

  9. paula Says:

    Please keep the momentum going-this idea has you behind it plus 5000 plus people with you-NEVER GIVE UP-and Janet for you-forever loved,forever missed,but neverforgotten……

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