SCENES FROM A NIGHT AT CAMDEN YARDS
Published September 7, 1995
It was clear that everyone was in a memorabilia-hunting mood at Baltimore's Camden Yards last night. After ending an inning by catching a Ripken pop-up, Angels 2B Rex Hudler sprinted to the dugout and then straight into the clubhouse clutching the commemorative ball. ... Overheard on the way out of the stadium: One fan on Owner Peter Angelos' announcement that the team's investors would augment the $1.3M raised for research into Lou Gehrig's Disease: "For $700,000, we could get a good second baseman." ... Gifts presented to Ripken included a mahogany pool table, a Pequot watch, a Waterford crystal vase, a 2131-pound rock with "2131" inscribed on it, and a new Chevy Tahoe truck. The $2M endowment for ALS research at Johns Hopkins was made in Ripken's name. ... The only boos of the night went to President Clinton (seen on the JumboTRON during Ripken's 5th inning jog around the ballpark) and to Angelos for his speech during post- game ceremonies. Angelos was initially cheered when he was announced (THE DAILY). KING OF LATE NIGHT: David Letterman: "Let's put this into perspective, when Cal Ripken Jr.'s streak began, Elizabeth Taylor had only been married six times. That's how long ago it was." Letterman's Top Ten Horrifying Secrets of Cal Ripken: 10) For the last year, has eaten nothing but deep fried oriole; 9) Thinks he's breaking the "Lou Grant" record; 8) Corks his pants; 7) Just like Lassie. There are five Cal Ripken's. Each one has played in only 426 consecutive games; 6) Once planted a bloody first-baseman's glove; 5) According to Mrs. Ripken, not exactly an "Iron Man" in the bedroom; 4) Also has a perfect attendance at the local "Hooters"; 3) Recently considered skipping a game to attend a John Tesh concert; 2) Has been spotted leaving Marge Schott's place early in the morning; 1) Two words: switch hitter ("Late Show," CBS, 9/6).