Cal Ripken Jr.
I must take a moment to offer a break in the regular programming. Ten years ago today, my boyhood hero, Cal Ripken Jr., broke the unbreakable record. He surpassed Lou Gehrig's consecutive games played record of 2130. Ripken's streak ended at 2632.
I must pay tribute to a man I've never met because he influenced the way I play my game. I teach professionally and I try to be as classy as Cal. I try to respect the profession and enjoy the profession.
Thank you Cal for setting the standard. I cried the night you broke the record; I cried the night you ended your streak; I will cry the day you enter the Hall of Fame.