TMZ tracks down Cal Ripken Jr., has really awkward interview

TMZ tracked down Cal Ripken Jr., and the interview got awkward fast.

The last time TMZ Sports and Baltimore sports really converged, it was when the celebrity news website released video in September 2014 of former Ravens running back Ray Rice dragging then-fiancee Janay Palmer out of an elevator after apparently knocking her out in an Atlantic City, N.J., casino.

This ... is nothing like that.

Orioles icon Cal Ripken Jr. was in Washington this week for the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It's fair to assume that's also where a TMZ cameraman spotted Ripken coming out of a hotel and decided he would make things awkward for everybody.

From now on, we ask that TMZ talk to Ripken only about baseball, even if this April exchange about ballpark food is just as cringe-worthy.

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