Friday, September 28, 2012
Legendary shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. said the Baltimore Orioles have developed new confidence.
The last time the Baltimore Orioles made the playoffs, Cal Ripken Jr. was still playing for the team. It was 1997. On Friday at the Perry Hall Giant, after accepting a donation toward his charity, Ripken reflected on the team's new found confidence and the influence of manager Buck Showalter. "This new form of Orioles magic—it's built on strong solid pitching and miraculous late-inning comebacks ... the bullpen is excellent and they believe in themselves," Ripken said. "We all bear the burden of feeling like it's been a long time since we've had a winning season, but this particular group of players is looking at it from this point in time. It's not like any of the other seasons," he added. What do you think has made the biggest difference…
Monday, August 13, 2012
The Orioles remain in the playoff hunt in August—how do you think the Birds will finish?
What if? What if the Orioles actually took those requests for Manny Machado seriously? The Orioles (62-53, second wild card leader) could have had a veteran starter, or a middle-of-the-road third baseman, if only they were willing to part with Machado. Standing pat was seen as a move for the long-term. After Machado's debut last week, Dan Duquette's reluctance to trade Machado is working out to be a positive in the short-term, too. Machado homered again Sunday—his third in four big league games. He's already been moved from the No. 9 spot to the No. 7 spot in the Orioles' order. How long before—like the Nationals did with outfielder Bryce Harper—we see Machado in a prime spot in the lineup? Only his bat will determine that. I immediately …
Friday, August 3, 2012
Cal Ripken talks about his initial reaction to learning his mother was abducted.
Cal Ripken has publicly shown his emotion only a few times. Friday was one of those days. Baseball's IronMan paused and collected his thoughts while his eyes began to well up during a Friday news conference when discussing his mother's abduction last week. » Follow the Vi Ripken case here. Violet Ripken, 74, was taken from her home by a man hiding in her garage between 7 and 8 a.m. on July 24, and returned unharmed to her neighborhood, where she was found tied up in her car around 6:15 a.m. on July 25, police said. Stay with Patch for updates. See more:
An emotional Cal Ripken said during a news conference Friday at the B&O Warehouse overlooking Oriole Park at Camden Yards that he felt his mother was targeted.
An emotional Cal Ripken said Friday he feels his mother's abduction was premeditated. Ripken addressed a crowd of reporters and cameras Friday at the B&O Warehouse in Baltimore. Baseball's IronMan said Vi Ripken is doing well, 10 days after she was abducted at gunpoint from her Aberdeen home. He added that he is hoping to keep the spotlight on the suspect in the case. Ripken said he believed the evidence indicates his mother was targeted. "There was some thought given to it," he said. "The materials used to bind her were brought there, so there was a lot of evidence that shows somewhat of a plan, or that it was premeditated. Premeditated is my words." Asked what it was like when he first learned his mother may be missing, the usually stoic…
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Despite a planned news conference featuring Cal Ripken Friday, there have been no major beaks in the abduction of the National Baseball Hall of Famer's mother.
After nearly 10 days, Aberdeen police continue to look for a major break in the Vi Ripken abduction case. Despite new tips received and a news conference planned for Friday featuring Vi Ripken's son, National Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Budnick said police have not made any major advancements in finding the suspect said to have abducted the 74-year-old Aberdeen resident last week. In an email to media Thursday, Budnick thanked media for publishing a composite sketch and video of the suspect. He said police "received about another ten tips" which have been passed on to investigators. » Follow the Vi Ripken case here. Violet Ripken, 74, was taken from her home by a man hiding in her garage between 7 and 8 a.m. on July 24, and returned…
National Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken will speak to the media about Vi Ripken's abduction.
Cal Ripken has given many speeches and news conferences from the B&O Warehouse at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Not like this. Ripken, the National Baseball Hall of Famer, will address the media Friday morning in regards to the abduction of his mother. Patch will provide a recap of the press conference. Violet Ripken, 74, was taken from her home by a man hiding in her garage between 7 and 8 a.m. on July 24, and returned unharmed to her neighborhood, where she was found tied up in her car around 6:15 a.m. on July 25, police said. Cal Ripken will be the only family member to speak at the news conference, which will begin with an update from law enforcement. See more: Stay with Patch for updates.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
At least two Baltimore-area billboards featured the composite sketch of Violet Ripken's alleged abductor. Police released the sketch Tuesday.
A day after it was released by Aberdeen police, a composite sketch of the man who allegedly abducted Vi Ripken appeared on billboards in the Baltimore area. The advertisements—jointly funded by Aberdeen Police Department, Harford County Sheriff's Office, Metro Crime Stoppers and the FBI—appeared on revolving billboards along Interstate 95 and Interstate 83. The billboard, with the black-and-white sketch, read: "WANTED For the Abduction of Violet Ripken Call: (410)-836-5432" The phone number is a 24-7 hotline dedicated to the case. Ripken, 74, is the mother of National Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken—a native of Aberdeen. Violet Ripken was taken from her home by a man hiding in her garage between 7 and 8 a.m. on July 24, and returned …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Ripken, the son of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, played at Gilman School.
The Orioles took a shot in the 20th round of the Major League Baseball Draft Wednesday. They're looking to strike Iron. The local club drafted Baltimore native Ryan Ripken, a senior at Gilman School, and the son of National Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken. “I am excited and honored to have been drafted by the Orioles. As everyone knows, the Orioles are tied so closely to my family through my grandfather, uncle and my dad," Ryan Ripken said in an emailed statement. "They have been my team for as long as I can remember so that makes this moment that much more special. Right now I am enjoying the moment with my mom, dad and sister as I prepare to graduate from Gilman this weekend. Ripken, a 6-foot-6 first baseman, has committed to play at…
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
The Ripken Gourmet Burger will be available at Giant this summer.
The Ripken name has been shared on a variety of products in the last 30 years. Now, get ready for the Ripken Gourmet Burger. In a partnership with Roseda Beef and Giant Food, Ripken Baseball announced Tuesday the Ripken Gourmet Burger, which will be available in 30 Giant Food stores in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia beginning this summer. In the Towson area, you'll be able to find it at the York Road Plaza location. The 6-oz. Black Angus burgers using locally raised beef will come in boxes of four and benefit the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation. The burger debuted at the 2011 Cal Ripken World Series in Aberdeen. "We have been serving the Roseda gourmet burgers at our complex in Aberdeen for over a year and they have been a great hit …