Cal Ripken Jr.

At Blue Crab tournament, Ripken brothers continue youth initiative

At Blue Crab tournament, Ripken brothers continue youth initiative

In Cal Ripken Jr.’s early years of parenthood, his son, Ryan Ripken, would often ask his Hall of Fame father if he’d like to join in on a video game session or two. Cal never yanked the cord from the wall and demanded Ryan to find something to do outside, but instead turned the gentle request into a meaningful moment.

“I’d always resist the temptation and say, ‘Well, daddy likes to play the real game. If you want to go outside and play the real game, I’m glad to do it,’” the elderly Ripken said Wednesday inside an office at Leidos Field in Aberdeen, not long before a scheduled appearance at his Blue Crab Week-Long Experience. “You almost make it a choice between should I choose...

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