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Brian Cashman recently told Mike Lupica on ESPN Radio that “the captaincy should be retired with number two.”

No more captains for the Yankees? Please. I love Derek Jeter as much as the next guy, but enough is enough. Yes, that’s right…I said it. Derek Jeter is a mortal being…just like Lou Gehrig and Thurman Munson before him. There’s nothing that make Derek any more special or deserving than those two, so I don’t see why the New York Yankees shouldn’t have another captain.

Keith Olbermann has called Cashman’s comments  as the “dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.”

After Lou Gehrig passed away from ALS (now known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), Yankees manager Joe McCarthy stated that the club would never have another Yankees captain. Years went by and the organization didn’t have a captain. In 1976 that changed, as George Steinbrenner appointed Thurman Munson to be captain. Just three years later (1979), Thurman died in a tragic plane crash, leaving the Yankees captainless. Nettles, Randolph, Guidry, and Mattingly followed him. What I’m trying to say here is…nobody is bigger than the interlocking NY on their chest.

George Steinbrenner once said:

“I have always been very, very careful about giving such a responsibility (Captain of the New York Yankees) to one of my players, but I can not think of a single player that I have ever had who is more deserving of this honor than Derek Jeter. He is a young man of great character and has shown great leadership qualities. He believes, as I do, what General (Douglas) MacArthur said, that ‘there is no substitute for victory.’ To him, and to me, it’s second only to breathing.”

I don’t believe they need to appoint a new captain right away, but when the right person comes along I don’t see anything wrong with giving that rank to a deserving player. I think you can safely bet that the Yankees will find somebody to be named captain in future years. And if you like to bet like me, you should check out: www.SportsBettingInfo.comLife goes on, and so do the Yankees.


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A group of neurologists are now questioning whether or not Gehrig died of ALS, which now bears the name “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” Gehrig’s body was cremated after his death, so  nobody will be able to say for certain.

From Time.com:

Yankee great Lou Gehrig may not have had the motor-neuron disorder that was famously named after him.

That’s the intriguing suggestion of a group of neurologists who describe a new type of degenerative nerve disease that bears a striking resemblance to Lou Gehrig’s but is distinguished by the presence of two signature proteins that would not have been detectable in the Hall of Famer’s time. (See the top 10 medical breakthroughs of 2009.)

Dr. Robert Stern, co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy and co-author of a report appearing in the Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology, says Lou Gehrig’s disease, technically known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), is just one of a range of motor disorders that are becoming better understood thanks to more sophisticated scientific techniques. Distinguishing them is not easy, he says — it’s still possible only at autopsy, when pathologists can study brain tissue and look for telltale proteins or other molecular signatures of the different conditions. While the patient is alive, the signs and symptoms of these motor-neuron disorders look very similar — weakness or numbness in the limbs, uncontrollable twitching of the muscles and gradual loss of movement. (more…)

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