Gwynn, Ripken ready for their big day

Discussion in 'Baseball' started by Babe_Ruth, Jul 29, 2007.

  1. Babe_Ruth

    Babe_Ruth Sultan of Swat Staff Member V.I.P.

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- A Baltimore Orioles fan paused outside the gates of the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Saturday.

    "I don't see many San Diego hats in town," the man said. "That's a long way to come."
    Perhaps. However, they've come from near and far to view Sunday's induction of the Orioles' Ironman, Cal Ripken Jr., and Mr. Padre, Tony Gwynn.
    The induction ceremonies, featuring Gwynn and Ripken, are set for 1:30 p.m. at the Clark Sports Center. The ceremonies will be streamed live on
    Hall officials are anticipating an estimated crowd of 50,000 or more, based on booming ticket sales at the Museum. By Saturday evening, a one-day record of 13,000 fans had filed through, besting the 9,500 set in 1995. Over the last two days, attendance was about 20,000.
    The record of 50,000 was set in 1999 when Nolan Ryan, Robin Yount and George Brett were inducted. A downtown overlay of Orioles black-and-orange indicated a big migration from Maryland.
    The wild card is the weather. Intermittent rain doused the area Friday and Saturday. Sunday's forecast is for 75 degrees and partly sunny for noon but 78 with isolated thunderstorms for 3 p.m. ET. The ceremony is scheduled to start outdoors, rain or shine, at 1:30 p.m. at the Clark Sports Center. Only if the National Weather Service issues a severe weather warning will the event be delayed or cancelled. Everyone hopes that Gwynn and Ripken will be the Sunshine Boys.

  2. Hoosier_Daddy

    Hoosier_Daddy Registered Member

    Cooperstown is very fortunate to be able to see two consumate class acts like Gwynn and Ripken inducted today.

  3. Babe_Ruth

    Babe_Ruth Sultan of Swat Staff Member V.I.P.

    Agreed, both were amazing players, and deserve the honor. Gwynn was a great hitter and Ripken is known has the Iron Man, he was a great hitter, great short stop and great person.

    Both were class acts and deserve the honor.
  4. Hoosier_Daddy

    Hoosier_Daddy Registered Member

    Did anyone else notice how incredibly fat Gwynn has gotten? I hope he doesn't go the way of Kirby Puckett.

  5. andrew_bishop

    andrew_bishop #1 Spammer of FC

    Both men are well deserving of this honor for sure. Both are really some of the best players of this generation and this is their final step towards having their legacy cemented in baseball forever.

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