Monday, April 20, 2020

HOF Cal Ripken, Jr.

I saw more Orioles games growing up than I did any other baseball team. So I'm sure I saw a lot of Cal Ripken Jr. A lifelong Orioles player, he epitomized durability and dedication. Looking at the back of the card, you can easily see the seasons in which the Orioles had a rain delay that wasn't made up (1985, 1988, and 1990) as well as the seasons (1994 and 1995) that were shortened due to the strike. I can honestly say the strike had little effect on me because in those years I do not think I was as into baseball. I was in the middle of college and had other things on my mind. And during the summer it was all about summer school (because I was a three sport athlete in college I took a slightly lighter course load and made up for it in the summer) and/or working.

His 1983 season was epic. He won the MVP. He won a second MVP in 1991. How many players can boast being elected to 19 consecutive All-Star games? That's impressive. 

This is his Topps 2001 baseball card. Why they gave him number 1 isn't a shocking decision; but I would have been more impressed if they issued him card 8.

At any rate. A no-brainer Hall of Famer. Right? I'm not sure if it'll surprise you or not, but I did not care much for Cal Ripken, Jr. 

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  1. Do you think he really beat the sh*t out of Kevin Costner?

  2. Shame Topps didn't (or maybe wasn't able) to make a sunset card for him in 2002. Maybe then they would have numbered his card #8.

  3. I didn't care for him either. A clearly inferior player breaking Lou Gehrig's hallowed record, mostly for publicity. I also remember him sliding into first place to end the 1996 ALCS, a really lame play.