February 2009: Interview with Cal Ripken, Jr.
In the winter of 2006, Freed-Hardeman University (Henderson, TN) was gracious enough to offer press credentials to ripkenintheminors.com for their annual benefit dinner featuring Cal Ripken, Jr. The event was chronicled in an entry on the PSA Message Board:
Although the media session was short, RITM did have the great pleasure of speaking with Cal about the site and inquired about the possibility of one day being able to ask him a few questions about his minor league days. The timing was not the best considering the fact that Cal had an upcoming appointment with the Hall of Fame. It would not be long afterwards that Cal would be announced as a goodwill ambassador for the United States.
Those who follow Cal understand that he isnít known for taking days off. With that being said, timing becomes everything. This past January, RITM was introduced to John Maroon, President of Maroon PR, who handles all public interview requests regarding Cal Ripken, Jr. and Ripken Baseball. This introduction was arranged by Glenn Valis of Ripken Baseball. Due to the scheduling restraints John offered the opportunity to correspond with Cal through the e-mail. Taking Calís schedule in consideration, a four part question was forwarded to Cal through Maroon PR.
On February 14, Calís four part response was forwarded. RITM thanks Cal Ripken, Jr., for his willingness to take a few moments to offer his recollections on his minor league days from 1978-1981. In addition, thank you to Glenn Valis of Ripken Baseball and John Maroon of Maroon PR for their help in making this happen.
RITM: "What was your favorite memory and biggest challenge/obstacle at each of your minor league stops?"
Cal Ripken, Jr.: 1978 - When I went to
1979 - I started in
1980 - This was the season that made me believe for the first time that I could play in the big leagues. I had a full season in
1981 - I only played in