"In a way, it would be really strange," Ripken said. "I kind of look at it as that was a part of my life that God gave to me, and the second part of my life was something away from professional baseball, and then the next stage of your life, you just look at it as another stage of your life. I guess when you try to piece it all together, you really try to place it in some kind of historical realm, people want to remember me as just in that uniform. In many ways, that's how I remember me. Realistically, I have to look ahead and life is full of changes. And I don't think anyone has figured out life all the way through. I know I haven't.