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Teens learning Ripken way

When Cal Ripken Jr. built his youth baseball facility in Aberdeen, Md., he wanted kids to feel what it is like to play in big-league stadiums. He spent heavily to construct a 3,500-seat replica of Camden Yards, complete with a hotel that stands in for the right-field warehouse in Baltimore. The other fields aren't quite as detailed, but he added a Green Monster on his Fenway Park and with brother Billy Ripken tried to make the outfield wall of another diamond match Wrigley Field. "Billy built a fake brick wall behind (the fence), and we've put ivy around the wall,'' Ripken said. "The only problem is deer keep eating the ivy.'' One problem the Cubs...

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