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You could be a kid for as long as you want when you play baseball.~Cal Ripken, Jr.

Baseball Long Want

Whether it was Little League or playing with your brothers or sisters, that was always a problem. If I would lose - because I very rarely lost - then everything would go crazy.~Cal Ripken, Jr.

Crazy Lost Problem

I had one of my best years in 1991; I was 31. I made a renewed effort to work harder. I got better at my diet. I paid attention to how much sleep I got. I was always someone of routine. I became more strict.~Cal Ripken, Jr.

Work Best Sleep

I love baseball. The game allowed me the influence to impact kids in a positive way. This gives me a chance to talk to some social issues.~Cal Ripken, Jr.

Love Positive Baseball

My dad had premature gray. I was always the one with the most energy, the one who continued to practice longer. I ran up and down the stairs of different stadiums. I didn't feel the need to cover up the fact that I was losing my hair or it was graying. When you're on a team, age is only a factor when you're talking in the locker room.~Cal Ripken, Jr.

Age Dad Team

By far, the best moment of my big league career was when I caught the last out at the World Series.~Cal Ripken, Jr.

Best World Moment

A lot of people think I had such a rosy career, but I wanted to identify that one of the things that helps you have a long career is learning how to deal with adversity, how to get past it. Once I learned how to get through that, others things didn't seem so hard.~Cal Ripken, Jr.

Learning Adversity Past

Sometimes I think sportsmanship is a little bit forgotten in place of the individual attention.~Cal Ripken, Jr.

Think Place Individual

I never set out to do this; I never set out to say, 'Can I break this record?' Then all of a sudden, the preparations made for the celebration put pressure on me. I said, 'Okay, I have to get there.' After 2,130, there was sort of a realization it was a foregone conclusion you're going to play tomorrow.~Cal Ripken, Jr.

Tomorrow Me You

Even though my dad was a manager in the minor leagues, I still traveled around with him and saw it from the field out. Now, as an owner, you're kind of looking from the whole baseball activity from outside in, from a fan's perspective.~Cal Ripken, Jr.

Baseball Dad Perspective

When you're in the day-to-day grind, it just seems like it's another step along the way. But I find joy in the actual process, the journey, the work. It's not the end. It's not the end event.~Cal Ripken, Jr.

Work Journey End

When you're an athlete and you play every day and are conditioning yourself every year, the aging is gradual.~Cal Ripken, Jr.

Day Yourself You

When you are away from the game and busy with other areas, you realize that the world does not revolve around baseball.~Cal Ripken, Jr.

Baseball World Busy

I don't mind being described as vanilla in certain ways.~Cal Ripken, Jr.

Mind Ways Being

When things happen to you in the worst way, you live with it, you go over it, you think, 'What else could I have done?'~Cal Ripken, Jr.

Live You Think

I had trouble with my temper all the way through the minor leagues.~Cal Ripken, Jr.

Trouble Way Temper

My approach to every game was to try to erase the games that were before and try to focus on the game at hand.~Cal Ripken, Jr.

Focus Game Try

Your job as a baseball player is to come to the park ready to play every day, and the manager, it's his job to make those decisions about who plays.~Cal Ripken, Jr.

Baseball Day Decisions

I always thought being a gamer and someone who had a sense of responsibility to the game and to my teammates was the honorable thing.~Cal Ripken, Jr.

Responsibility Game

You learn as a player not to listen to the criticism. Many of the people who put out that criticism might not be as accomplished, might not understand the game as well from the inside-out.~Cal Ripken, Jr.

People Learn Game

You can keep going on and on about the interactions of people, which makes it a great drama and great event, and you'll always hold that special, but if you're looking at a baseball moment, the feeling you get when you win the World Series by far exceeds anything else in the game that you're able to do.~Cal Ripken, Jr.

Baseball Great World

All I really try and do is live up to my potential and do as well as I possibly could and to bring to the ballpark each and every day a good effort and do the best that I could each and every day.~Cal Ripken, Jr.

Best Good Day

One person's going to win, and everybody else is going to not win. So let's not feel like we're losers. Let's utilize the cultural opportunities, get to know the other players on the other team, look around you, enjoy your world series.~Cal Ripken, Jr.

Team World Opportunities

I kept thinking, 'this must be the coolest job - I'd like to be a professional baseball player.' They were getting paid to play a game, and what a cool lifestyle that was.~Cal Ripken, Jr.

Baseball Cool Job

I had aches and pains when I played. No player is ever 100 percent, 80 percent, 85 percent. Guys that play 158 or 162 or 145, we are all in the same boat.~Cal Ripken, Jr.

Boat Play Same

The older you get, the things that you thought you wanted to do when you were younger, you're checking them off your list because you no longer want to them.~Cal Ripken, Jr.

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