Posted: December 30th, 2021
I chose Lou Gehrig’s farewell to baseball speech. No matter how many years go by that speech will always stand the test of time. To have someone as iconic as “The Iron Horse” forced to retire after 17 years after begin diagnosed with ALS. He ended his career on a high note and left with his dignity. He was a well respected player and it was a sad day in history when he said good bye.
He began his speech by talking about the rumor of his disease which is sure to catch everyone’s attention as it was the first time he had publicly spoke on this issue. He plays on emotions through the speech by talking about the iconic people he has worked with and the strong support system that stood by him through his years. The passion and emotion behind is speech is so genuine it send chills through your body as you hear the way he describes the support his parents and wife have given him. Through his speech he uses ethos, pathos, and metaphors to create a mood in his speech in which the audience didn’t worry about his circumstance but celebrated his life.
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