Super-sized Bel Air crowd sees Ripken sign new book

An estimated 300 people waited in line Tuesday evening at Barnes and Noble in Bel Air to get an autograph from Baseball Hall of FamerCal Ripken Jr., who was signing copies of his newest book released Monday.

The book, "Super-sized Slugger," is the second in what for now is a three-part series.

Many of the fans, young and old, sported Orioles hats, jackets and shirts as they waited in a line that snaked around the building.

The manager at Barnes and Noble expected between 300 to 350 books would be sold by the end of the signing.

Mike Kraft from Perry Hall had been in line since just before 4 p.m. for an autograph he'd been waiting 30 years to get.

"I'm the biggest Cal Ripken fan ever," Kraft said, adding he knows a lot of people say that, but added he'd wait in line in the rain for Ripken's signature.

Zachary Pippen, 11, who plays baseball for Emmorton Rec, also waiting for an autograph and a picture.

"I have both books. I'm really a fan of his," Zachary said. "They talk about a good message to us, they teach us good things to do."

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