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Cal Ripken Jr. will always remember his ultimate Main League Baseball All-Star Sport in 2001 at Seattle’s Safeco Area, which is now generally known as T-Cellular Park.
Ripken, who spent his whole 21-year profession with the Baltimore Orioles, was named the beginning third baseman for the American League within the 2001 All-Star Sport whereas Alex Rodriguez was named the beginning shortstop.
Nevertheless, simply earlier than the ASG was about to start, Rodriguez, then taking part in for the Texas Rangers, supplied to change positions with Ripken so he might salute the longtime Oriole and permit him to play shortstop within the ASG one ultimate time.
Whereas Ripken was among the best shortstops in baseball in his prime, it seems he wasn’t blissful about switching positions with Rodriguez.
“Effectively, now that you simply introduced it again up, I used to be sort of pissed at you, to be sincere with you,” Ripken stated to Rodriguez on Tuesday’s Fox broadcast of the 2023 All-Star Sport in Seattle. “… I hadn’t been over there shortly. I received this large previous glove on my hand that they made that they referred to as humongous. I am going, ‘How am I going to return over there and switch a double play?’”
Ripken began 2,216 consecutive video games at shortstop for the Orioles from July 1982 till he was moved to 3rd base through the 1996 season. From 1997 by means of 2001, the Corridor of Famer performed primarily at third base.