Hanser? I don't even know her! So say the 2020 BALTIMORE ORIOLES

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Clem: why didn’t you care all that much about Ripken’s streak?! It was a huge feat!

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Sunday, 6 September 2020 16:48 (one month ago) link

Dean Kremer didn't look half bad today!

Guayaquil (eephus!), Sunday, 6 September 2020 21:00 (one month ago) link

(xpost) I guess because he didn't seem to be the same player he had been, and he was forcing the issue a bit? I had to check back: he was in decline in '92/3/5 (after a phenomenal season in '91; he was good in the strike year). It wasn't drastic or anything--not a Pujols situation--but between that and all the hype, it felt somewhat manufactured. Clearly, it's an impressive record.

The punchline is that I used to jokingly call myself the Cal Ripken of grade-school teachers. I didn't take a sick day in 20 years, and there were a number of days I had no business coming in and wasn't much use to anybody.

clemenza, Sunday, 6 September 2020 21:17 (one month ago) link

The backdrop, of course, was the '94 strike. Not Ripken's doing, but MLB seemed to be desperately using the record to magically erase fan anger over 1994.

clemenza, Sunday, 6 September 2020 21:24 (one month ago) link


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