Friday, July 4, 2014

The Greatest of Yankees

Lou Gehrig's Speech

"Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans.
"Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn’t consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day? Sure, I’m lucky. Who wouldn’t consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, the builder of baseball’s greatest empire, Ed Barrow? To have spent six years with that wonderful little fellow, Miller Huggins? Then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart student of psychology, the best manager in baseball today, Joe McCarthy? Sure, I'm lucky.
"When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends you a gift — that’s something. When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies — that’s something. When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles with her own daughter — that's something. When you have a father and a mother who work all their lives so that you can have an education and build your body — it's a blessing. When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed — that's the finest I know.
"So I close in saying that I might have been given a bad break, but I've got an awful lot to live for. Thank you."
— Lou Gehrig at Yankee Stadium, July 4, 1939

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Ladies & Gentlemen... Mr. Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits

You are hereby instructed to "Pass Go" and head straight to 1:06:20 ... On Every Street.

In the lifelong discussion of the "greatest" guitarists, Mark Knopfler is often left with the also-rans.  I must admit, I do it myself. I often cite Clapton and Trucks or Hendrix or Townshend but, when I think about it, very often, I'll play Mark Knopfler.

Of course, if time permits, stay for my fave Knopfler song, "Brothers in Arms," at 1:40:00. Stay thirsty, guitar fans. 

Here you go: