Who do the Cincinnati Reds play on Lou Gehrig Day?

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“For the past two weeks you have been reading about a bad break. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”

Nearly every baseball fan has heard Lou Gehrig's iconic speech, "Luckiest Man Alive". If you haven't, click here.

It is hard to watch the baseball great deliver the speech, knowing the background and now knowing his fate, and not be moved to tears. The impact of the player and person that Lou Gehrig was is truly hard to put into words.

Who do the Cincinnati Reds play on Lou Gehrig Day?

On June 2nd, 1925, Lou Gehrig was named the New York Yankees starting first baseman, beginning his streak of 2,130 consecutive games played. Just 16 years later, to the day, Gehrig passed away due to complications with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), now oftentimes referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Eighty years after his death, in 2021, Major League Baseball announced that June 2nd would now and forever be known and celebrated as Lou Gehrig Day. It has become a day to remember and celebrate the New York Yankees and baseball legend, as well as raising money to fight Lou Gehrig disease.

On the 3rd annual Lou Gehrig Day, the Cincinnati Reds will play host to their division rival, the Milwaukee Brewers. The pitching matchup is expected to be former Cy Young Award-winner Corbin Burnes versus rookie left-hander Brandon Williamson.

To add to excitement for Reds fans, Friday's game will be the Reds' second time donning their new City Connect. Cincinnati debuted their City Connect during the team's homestand a week ago against the New York Yankees.

The Brewers are in a battle with the Pittsburgh Pirates for first-place in the National League Central Division lead. By the time the Crew comes to town for a four-game set with the Cincinnati Reds, David Bell's club could be climbing up the toward the division leaders.

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