Vi Ripken was abducted at gunpoint this morning and later located unharmed. The mother of Orioles legendCal Ripken Jr.has been known to deliver some headline-worthy quotes, especially when talking about her son. Here are some of her most memorable quotes in The Sun.
Sept. 21, 1998, Vi’s response to Cal Jr. when he said he would sit out that night and end his streak:
"He called from home and said he was going to sit down tonight. I said 'You're what?' "
"I think what Cal's done is remarkable and I'm just glad he was able to do it himself rather than someone else doing it just to do it."
April 17, 2000, in a story about Cal baseball roots, his mother talks about her son’s first exposure to the game.
"How soon could he walk and drag a Wiffle bat behind him?" Vi Ripken replied. "He'd use that plastic bat to hit rolled-up socks."
In the same story, she talks about how Cal would hit balls out of their backyard, through a neighbor’s yard and into the woods.
"There's probably still a bunch of decaying balls in those woods," Vi Ripken said.
June 20, 2001, when Cal announced he would retire at the end of the season, Vi wanted to make sure the team saved her a seat for the game.
"Because I like to cry - and I'm sure Junior will make me cry."
June 19, 2005, Vi recalled her husband’s toughness on the baseball field, which was passed down to her sons.
"I can remember when my husband was in the low minors, he got hit in the ear with the ball," Vi Ripken says. "Senior played when he was hurt. He said, `The minute you sit down, somebody is going to take your job.'" She said the boys acquired the message "through osmosis."
Jan. 10, 2007, when Cal received 98.5 percent of the vote to enter the Hall of Fame, Vi described her emotions as bittersweet.
"I wish his father was here to see him - that's the bitter part," Vi Ripken said. "But I think he is aware of what's going on."
July 30, 2007, before Cal was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Vi didn’t have much advice for her son.
"I don't know," she said. "I haven't changed his diapers in a long time. He's made it this far on his own, and I'm sure he'll do fine this time on his own."
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