For as long as I can remember, my entire life really, I've been a fan of consistency. I've worked at the same place for nearly 16 years now. I've purchased exactly three cars in my adult life, every one of which was a Honda Civic. I've posted on this blog at least once in every single calendar month since January of 2008. Most recently, yesterday marked the first time where I posted every single day of a calendar month.
I think this trait is a big part of the reason why I idolized Cal Ripken Jr. so much as a kid. Ripken broke Gehrig's record just days after my 13th birthday. I can still remember watching the game and ceremony on my parents' television, and thinking to myself that whatever I ended up doing in life I hoped I could be as dedicated to it as Cal was to his craft. I'd like to think I have been in some small way(s). To this day, when the alarm goes off on a Monday morning, it's pitch black and
cold outside, and I've got a day full of stressful meetings and issues
ahead, I think of Cal.
I couldn't think of a more appropriate time to show off a recent Ripken addition than when I'm on the longest consecutive posting streak of my blog's history! Behold!
I would say this one gets the bronze medal if you were to rank the "big 4" Ripken rookies from 1982. The Topps Traded card is obviously the holy grail of Ripken rookies. I'd put the multiplayer Topps flagship rookie just a hair above this one as well, though to be fair nostalgia is probably a big factor there for me. I certainly like this card better than the fuzzy photograph Fleer went with for their Ripken rookie. Donruss at least gives us a nice, clean portrait of a young pimply-faced Cal, who couldn't have possibly known at this stage what life had in store for him.
I'd love to someday feature his Topps Traded and Fleer rookies here on the blog to complete what I'm dubbing the "Mount Rushmore of '82 Ripkens", but I'm in no rush. After all, with any luck I'll continue to follow Cal's example of consistency, and will be posting here every month for the next 11 years...
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