1. “Get in the game. Do the best you can. Try to make a contribution. Learn from today. Apply it to tomorrow.”
— Cal Ripken, Jr.
2. “Leadership isn’t about simply being in charge and treating your people like soldiers and barking orders. Leadership is sharing your knowledge and your direction so that others grow and reach their potential.”
3. “If you do a job, do it right or there is no point.”
4. “Stubbornness usually is considered a negative; but I think that trait has been a positive for me.”
5. “As long as I can compete, I won’t quit.”
6. “You could be a kid for as long as you want when you play baseball.”
7. “The streak has become my identity; it’s who I’ve become.”
8. “All I really try and do is live up to my potential and do as well as I possibly could and to bring to the ballpark each and every day a good effort and do the best that I could each and every day.”
9. “Early in my career, I decided I never wanted to get out of shape.”
10. “So many good things have happened to me in the game of baseball. When I do allow myself a chance to think about it, it’s almost like a storybook career. You feel so blessed to have been able to compete this long.”
11. “As long as I can compete, I won’t quit. Reaching three-thousand is not the finish line as long as I can contribute.”
12. “I always thought being a gamer and someone who had a sense of responsibility to the game and to my teammates was the honorable thing.”
13. “I love baseball. The game allowed me the influence to impact kids in a positive way. This gives me a chance to talk to some social issues.”
14. “We consider ourselves the luckiest fans on the face of the Earth.”
15. “A lot of people think I had such a rosy career, but I wanted to identify that one of the things that helps you have a long career is learning how to deal with adversity, how to get past it. Once I learned how to get through that, others things didn’t seem so hard.”
16. “By far, the best moment of my big league career was when I caught the last out at the World Series.”
17. “The reality is that players can’t play forever.”
18. “I think Nick Markakis is a perennial All-Star, and nobody knows about him. I think people are learning about how good he is.”
19. “Sometimes I think sportsmanship is a little bit forgotten in place of the individual attention.”
20. “Ultimately, at the end of the day, you couldn’t say you were better than the other person because you knew you had a secret. You knew you had cheated.”
21. “My approach to every game was to try to erase the games that were before and try to focus on the game at hand.”
22. “I kept thinking, ‘this must be the coolest job – I’d like to be a professional baseball player.’ They were getting paid to play a game, and what a cool lifestyle that was.”
23. “I don’t love the idea of the responsibility falling on the manager. That just adds to their in-game responsibility.”
24. “I’d like to be remembered. I’d like to think that someday two guys will be talking in a bar and one of them will say something like, ‘Yeah, he’s a good shortstop, but he’s not as good as ole Ripken was.’”
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