Cal Ripken Jr. calls multiple attacks on his mother 'terrifying'

Orioles Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. said Thursday morning that it is “terrifying” that his mother, Vi, has been the victim in two separate attacks in Aberdeen, the family's hometown, in the past 15 months.

In an interview with The Baltimore Sun, Ripken said his mother is doing fine after she thwarted an attempted carjacker earlier this week outside an Aberdeen bank. In July 2012, the 75-year-old Ripken was kidnapped at gunpoint from her longtime Aberdeen home. She was released unharmed 24 hours later.

A suspect was arrested in this week’s attack, but no arrests have been made in the kidnapping.  

“It’s terrifying in some ways to think that two things could happen to her in this span of time, but Mom is a strong lady,” Ripken said by phone from Los Angeles before flying to St. Louis to continue his duties calling the National League Championship Series for TBS.

“She refuses to allow these incidents to affect her life,” Ripken said. “Maybe to all of us that live around her, all the people who love her, we’re a little more affected than she is. It’s amazing to me that she is who she is and she’s able to handle things like she does. She wants everybody to know she’s OK and that’s about it.”

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