Orioles Hall of Fame infielder Cal Ripken Jr. apparently would trade his career for New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, who started his farewell season Tuesday night.
In the beginning of an interview on the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday, Ripken -- while laughing -- said that he'd "rather have Derek's" career, when asked by the host.
"And for this reason: A bad year for Derek is losing in the first round of the playoffs," Ripken said in the inteview. "So I was totally jealous of the fact that he had a chance to perform and play in the playoffs -- everybody's wish and dream is. I had a few chances, which was great, but I wanted a whole lot more than that."
When asked by Patrick if he ever considered whether Jeter was a better shortstop, Ripken said he didn't think about it and emphasized team success.
"Everyone has an opinion, and everyone has a thought," Ripken said. "Sometimes people's opinions mean a little bit more to you than others. We're two different type of players in many ways.
"I personally think it's much easier to play on a winner because the focus is on that day of the game, each at-bat, what you're trying to do to help your team win. Playing for a losing team is a miserable effort."
Ripken also talked about his partnership with Kelloggs for their "Never Miss a Game" program, his advice for golfer Tiger Woods, who will miss this year's Masters for back surgery and more during the interview, which lasted more than 11 minutes.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun