O’s great Cal Ripken, Jr. to recount game #2,131.
I don’t think we need to strain our brains in wondering which game is Cal Ripken, Jr’s most memorable one. Ever wanted to know some of the particulars that Ripken thought as the evening approached when he surpassed Lou Gehrig as baseball’s “Iron Man”? Per a press release from MLB Network, we will have the that opportunity.
At 9 PM ET tomorrow evening, MLB Network will premiere the series My Most Memorable Game. In its first episode, Ripken will recall events leading up to that night as well as those that transpired during the game. The series will be co-hosted by Bob Costas and Tom Verducci.
Some notables in attendance included President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, baseball legend Joe DiMaggio and Ripken’s family.
The press release included some answers/statements from Ripken in regards to events surrounding that game from September 6th of 1995. Leading up to the event, Ripken had received some criticism. Here was part of Cal’s response:
I was proud of the fact that I could play all those games. I was proud of the fact that in order to do that you have to be responsible, you have to be willing to come out there. … I think the only part about the streak that bothered me … is that [fans] said it was a selfish obsession. It wasn’t. It was actually the opposite. I was giving up a little bit of me for the sake of the challenge of today because that’s how I was brought up.
Here’s the schedule for the remainder of the short series.
Jan. 23 @ 9 PM ET- John Smoltz on Game 7 of the 1991 NLCS
Jan. 30 @ 9 PM ET – Ozzie Smith on Game 5 of the 1985 NLCS
Jan. 30 @ 9:30 PM ET – Bob Gibson on Game 1 of the 1968 World Series
Feb. 6 @ 9 PM ET – Johnny Bench on Game 5 of the 1972 NLCS
Feb. 6 @ 9:30 PM ET – Tom Glavine on Game 6 of the 1995 World Series