Lou Gehrig may not have had Lou Gehrig's disease


That’s the implication of a new study of head trauma and ALS:

A peer-reviewed paper to be published Wednesday in a leading journal of
neuropathology, however, suggests that Gehrig’s demise — and that of
some other athletes and soldiers given a diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease — might have been catalyzed by injuries only now becoming understood: concussions and other brain trauma.

Although the paper does not discuss Gehrig specifically, its authors in
interviews acknowledged the clear implication: Lou Gehrig might not have
had Lou Gehrig’s disease.

First thought: Head injuries are even scarier than we thought.

Second thought: If this is true, can we get ALS changed to “Charlie Mingus’ Disease?”

Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for Red Sox

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No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.

Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.

Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.