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(ESPN)   Cal Ripken hits home run in final all-star game   ( divider line
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2001-07-11 12:00:50 AM  
Cal is the bomb.
2001-07-11 12:14:52 AM  
Good for him, but I want to know how he got so bald so young.
2001-07-11 12:33:41 AM  
This and Dale Earnhardt Jr winning the Pepsi 400 gets my vote for kick-ass sports stories of 2001
2001-07-11 12:35:11 AM  
I LOVE HIM! He's so cute, and so talented. I'm gonna miss him.

Bill_Cosby: I think he shaves it bald. And, where were you in the Jersey transexual thread? I needed some help in defending NJ.
2001-07-11 01:03:32 AM  
Cals a great baseball player and a great guy and I thought it was really great that he got a HR in his last All-Star game. The thing that is getting lost this year with Cal is the retirement of Tony Gwynn. In my opinion he was a better player and possibly the best hitter of all time. All you hear is Cal retiring and, oh yeah, some other guy named Gwynn is too. I just think Gwynn should be getting more attention than his is currently getting, though I think he would be the first to say he likes the way it is now. I'll get off the soap box now.
2001-07-11 01:15:15 AM  
Yeah, and?
2001-07-11 01:39:31 AM  
yea right , like that wasn't a super "juiced " ball they handed out just for him..... gimme a break..... he's been suckin ass all season
2001-07-11 02:09:20 AM  
he has creepy eyes IMO. Kanon, in their three or so hundred replays of the hit, Cal looks pretty amazed.
2001-07-11 02:30:01 AM  
Lasorda was the highlight of the game.

Either him or Zimmer.
2001-07-11 02:52:55 AM  
I would like to buy Mr.Cal a Quicktrip Double Quart of Moutian Dew
2001-07-11 07:43:16 AM  
It's baseball... Who Farking Cares?
2001-07-11 08:09:14 AM  
Cal IS the bomb - but why is this sappy?
2001-07-11 08:42:57 AM  
I think people who know baseball are well aware of Tony Gwynn's talent. Gwynn is just unfortunate enough to be retiring in the same year as one of the few major, bankable living legends of the game. Gwynn has been a great consistent hitter but hardly the best of all time, Ted Williams still has that one locked up. On the other hand Cal not only broke Gehrig's seemingly unbreakable record, he is arguably the best shortstop who ever played the game. We're used to great shortstops in today's game but back when Cal started, it was a position not known for producing much beyond defense.
2001-07-11 09:01:10 AM  
Gwynn and Ripken played about the same years (Ripken played 18 games in 1981, Gwynn came up in 1982), but Ripken's durability makes him more valuable to his team. Over the course of their careers, Ripken played close to three entire seasons worth of games than Gwynn did. Gwynn has been a remarkable hitter, no doubt, but Ripken played a more demanding physical position (SS/3B vs. RF) than Gwynn did, and excelled at it.

As far as Cal "suckin' ass", Gwynn hasn't been real productive in the twenty one whole games he's played this year, either.
2001-07-11 09:06:54 AM  
Yeah. It should read, "Cal Ripken hits home run off of a 60 mile per hour/ down the middle of the plate/gee, didn't see THIS coming pitch.

Don't for one minute think this wasn't somehow or another scripted. And before you say, "do you know how many people would have to be paid off blah blah", let me tell you that in a situation like that, in a game that doesn't mean piss, the pitcher (with a misty tear in his eye) probably looked at the catcher, winked and the catcher simply said "Cal, fastball." Bam. (Cue theme from "The Natural".) Crowd goes crazy!! People stay tuned!!! Big business sells more crap!!!
2001-07-11 09:23:04 AM  
National pastime for the most obese country in the world. Could there be a connection between weight and long, boring televised games combing assal horizontoglogy with large amounts of snack foods? Or anyother televised sport for that matter!
2001-07-11 09:51:03 AM  
Lighten up. Damn.
2001-07-11 09:59:03 AM  
We can't lighten up. If we lighten up, we give up. You have to stay true to your course even if it rumples feathers. How else does change come about?

Otherwise it's like Carlin says, "Bend over, slap some Vaseline on and brace yourself 'cause they're coming in!!"
2001-07-11 10:06:29 AM  
That was my first thought, too, Bigpeeler. While I don't know that Chan Ho is the kind of guy to get misty, he would follow orders to °øÀ» ´À¸®°Ô ´øÁö½Ê½Ã¿ä.

(Wonder if those will show up properly)
2001-07-11 10:07:23 AM  
Nope. Oh, well. :)
2001-07-11 10:09:26 AM  
They took me out of the game because I would not give him a gopher ball. Then they told Chanho Park they would deport him if he did not throw him a gopher ball. So let it be written. So let it be done.
2001-07-11 11:12:43 AM  
Randy that's what I was thinking, give him the gopher ball to go out in glory...
2001-07-11 11:23:22 AM  
Bubba: I get tired of defending NJ all the time, plus its usually the same arguement.
2001-07-11 11:30:24 AM  
As a 32-year-old (I know, I know - too old to FARK) Baltimore native pre-Angelosian Oriole fan, I am proud of Cal, if only for remaining loyal to the Birds when the going got ugly. Yes, it's only baseball; yes, sports are the playground of the over-paid and (often) under-educated; yes, I admit that my participation contributes to the bloat. However, I cried when Dale Jr. won the 400; I cried when Ivanisevic won Wimbledon, and I will be a sports fan until I die. May that be the worst sin I commit in this world.
2001-07-11 11:44:12 AM  
I agree with Kanonball. They served up a gopher ball, right down the midlle and it made for a wonderful, tear jerking moment. I'm begining to feel that all sports are being rigged by big business (ie. Earnhart jr. comes from 6th place with ten laps to go, to win. Gimmie a break) Anyone else feel the same?
2001-07-11 12:02:46 PM  
Stretch, to a point you are correct. It does take a good deal of skill to hit one over the fence, but when the catcher tells you fastball down the middle, that makes it easier. Professional sports in general have become such a tool of big business. College sports too, 10 years ago college bowl games were just the peach, rose qualcomm zerox bic bowl? All the big sports are bowing down to the almighty dollar, and no one is playing the sport for the love any more.
I liked the idea of paying the players based on performance, but the incentive would be to have negatives in the mix, say if you strike out at bat, you owe $500, etc..

I love sports, but the money these players get is way out of control.
2001-07-11 12:08:20 PM  
Cal's retirement is good for baseball. Without this throwback icon to personal integrity and loyalty, today's baseball player will no longer have to contend with his legacy and can be more comfortable with being the obscenely greedy morally bankrupt mercenary into which he has devolved. Right on.
2001-07-11 12:26:41 PM  
The FOX commentators not once mentioned that Chan Ho Park's curveball was a nice waist-high, slow, hanging curve ball over the meat of the plate. However Chan Ho Park does not seem to be the type of player that would hang one intentionally for Cal. They were never on the same team and Park isn't even American. I could have imagined Curt Schilling hanging one for Cal though...
2001-07-11 12:45:43 PM  
Stretch: How familiar are you with NASCAR?
2001-07-11 01:23:06 PM  
Hey it's entertainment. It's not like baseball players
are important to America's structure like supermodels, rave DJ's or Carson Daly.
2001-07-11 01:49:37 PM  
i got a hit in my softball game last night! cheers for me

*bows and runs to first*
2001-07-11 02:03:07 PM  
They actually managed to play a game between all the sappy interviews and award ceremonies? Who won?
2001-07-11 02:19:43 PM  
I spent many a summer in the south (Arkansas) watching everything from motocross to demolish'in derby to stock car races (Good God what some people won't for fun).

I know enough to know that coming from seventh place (excuse the previous reference to sixth place) to win a race, means that you either have taken the regulators off your car or everyone is giving you a free pass to get by them. Racecar drivers are notorius for bumping, cutting off passing lanes and generally sticking it to the other racer, unless he's on your team.
I think it was set up because after his father's death, the sport was taking a beating in the stock market. Hence the need to revive the fandom's interest in the sport. It's all about money. Money makes the world go around or in this case the cars go around.
2001-07-11 02:43:13 PM  

Since you're so familiar with NASCAR, you know that coming from anywhere in the top twenty to win a race in under ten laps on a restrictor-plate track is no big deal. I certainly don't disagree that for the heads of NA$CAR it's all about the cash and I'm not interested in getting into the "the race/homerun/WWF was fixed" debate (okay, I take back the WWF). The only point I wanted to make was that your comment about the likelihood of coming from 6th place to win (in ten laps at Daytona) was, at best, uninformed.
2001-07-11 03:07:37 PM  

And all I'm saying is that it seemed like for 90% of the race his car was in the pack. Then all of a sudden he is able to fly past car after car. If his car was capable of these speeds, why didn't he win by ten farkin laps. Was it the drama he want to build up or was the regulator removed on the final pit stop. The fix was in "Win one for the Gipper".
2001-07-11 03:42:40 PM  

Again, being familiar with the sport, you understand the mechanics of drafting. Had Jr., who led the majority of laps, pulled away from the cars behind him, he would have been at a disadvantage. Cars working together in a line ("freight-training") will always pass a car working alone on tracks where speed and configuration (of the track AND the cars) demand it. In your experience I'm sure you have seen a car leading at a restrictor plate track only to have the cars behind him split into two lines, one high and one low, and "hang" the middle car "out to dry" (force him out of the draft and back aboout 15 positions). Many of the drivers dislike this aspect of the current rules - cars are forced to run in a pack, which often leads to wrecks involving 10 or 12 cars instead of two or three. This is why no one at Daytona wins by 10 farking laps.

Yes, Earnhardt Jr. needed help to get across the line first and Mike Waltrip (who is in fact on his team) does not deny giving it to him. Most drivers will stay behind the lead car until the very end to avoid losing the draft entirely. If you truly believe the fix was in, refer to Tony Stewart's behavior on and off the track that night. He wanted to win.
2001-07-11 04:44:57 PM  
who cares about cal? did you see tommy lasorda fall on his ass with his legs in the air?! ahahahahahahaha!!! he's so fat and old! right on his butt! they should hit fat old guys with bats every all star game! that's why zimmer stayed in the dugout... kudos to robbiefal for mentioning lasorda 1st.
2001-07-11 08:05:08 PM  
When Dale Jr. won that race Saturday night, I was banging the floor screaming FIX!!! His win, Cal's home run, etc. These are all just scripted endings put forth to promote money making entities. WAKE UP PEOPLE. Don't fall for the charade. Just start watching situations like this. I wouldn't doubt if Cal hits a home run on his last at bat this year, although that might be a tad obvious.
2001-07-11 10:48:31 PM  
Ah, the sleeping majority are finally waking up to the BS
2001-07-11 10:56:21 PM  
Any bigleaguer can hit a longball any given at bat- it is difficult as hell, but goodness the man has done so MANY time and it is all about connecting at a split second. The home run was no fix. Cal has has his down times/years.

It is his overall drive and class that makes him rare. I was never a huge fan... he played in Baltimore... ickkk. Nevertheless, I respect his poise and grace. A majorleaguer who plays his entire career for one team in a game with economics controlled by free-agency... this guy is one of the last greats in that respect.

This line is not complete, but recent others like him:
Brett, Yount, Gwynn, too bad Puckett's career was cut short, etc...
2001-07-11 11:11:22 PM  
Is Don Zimmer cool or what? Joe Torre wasmiked and actually had to tell Zim not to cuss. So he said shiat. The guys rocks.

Anyone remember when he was managing the Cubs and he stormed out of the dugout to argue with the ump? He almost had an anyeurism. Spit was flying, his cap went flying, his face was red. It was timeless.
2001-07-11 11:32:01 PM  
Speaking of a hissey... remember when *I* was robbed by the Yanks' Billy Martin & the umps of a homerun during the season *I* hit .390- for the amount of PINE TAR on my bat no less??

I came unglued and stormed out of the farking dugout...

foaming, I tell you... foaming.

2001-07-12 02:52:39 AM  
for the record i ment the ball itself was juiced (and don't think they don't know how to do that.....
2001-07-12 04:37:50 AM  
You people are crazy. Every last one of you
2001-07-12 10:42:44 AM  
Roche: I can accept that.
2001-07-12 03:07:03 PM  
George Carlin happens to be a baseball fan, jackass.

Sure, hitting home runs is easy. All you need is a juiced ball. Next time one of you geniuses passes a batting cage, stand in against an 80 mph ball (let alone one at major league speed) and see how well you do. Baseball is a physically and mentally demanding game which the pros look easy. They aren't pussies like football or basketball players.
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