The Republic of Letters

From Lou Gehrig to Alex Rodriguez: A Study in Decline


(Lou Gehrig/Wikimedia Commons)

Rich Lowry, editor of the National Review and columnist for Politico, writes:

The difference between the two Yankees is the difference between going away with grace when no one wants you to leave, and sticking around, gracelessly, when most everyone would prefer that you go. It’s the difference between fighting for your life but not mentioning it, and saying you’re fighting for your life when you are not. It’s the difference between calling yourself the luckiest man on Earth when you have been dealt an ugly hand by fate, and pitying yourself when your predicament is the product of your own bad choices.

From Gehrig to Rodriguez is a long way down.

Exactly. Read the whole column. Here, by the way, is a wonderful video of Gehrig’s farewell speech. Gehrig’s first line is often quoted, and rightfully so, but his last words are equally as powerful if not more so.

I don’t think I’m alone in thinking this, but with a markedly honed sardonic edge and improved style as a polemicist,  Lowry’s columns are now a must read.