Thank you, Cal
Yes, the Streak is overrated. Yes, he would've benefited from days off. The stats bare this out. His brilliance was gone after 1991. And no, the Streak didn't save baseball. You know what, though, I wouldn't trade the memories of Sept. 6, 1995 for anything (well, maybe a championship).
No one can say Cal didn't have a sense of the moment. The night he tied Gehrig? Homered. The night he passed Gehrig? Homered. Final All-Star Game? Homered. His postseason numbers: .336/.411/.455.
Things are different now. The Orioles are in a decade-long malaise, and as such I've become more cynical and jaded in my fandom. Cal is the personification of my childhood, of me becoming a baseball fan. Every game. Every inning. Cliche, yes, but very true.
So, on the day when Ripken reaches baseball immortality. I just have one thing to say.
Thank you, Cal.