You read it right. I met Cal Ripken, Jr. today. I checked my email and saw a headline in the local news section that said "Ripken, Jr. Will Vivit Greenville Tuesday." So, I checked the article and it said that he was due in town to dedicate the refurbishment of the special needs ballpark in Greenville as part of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. The ballpark, Sarah Vaughn Field of Dreams is a ballfield built so that special needs kids and adults can enjoy baseball and softball games.
To me, this was a big moment. It was also special because I could share it with my wife and son. Chris doesn't really get the importance that Cal holds for me, but in time, it will be meaningful for him. I'm still in awe that I was finally able to meet the player that I have idolized for the past 20+ years. Another really cool part of it was that was able to call my mom immediately after and tell her. Mom, more than anyone, knows how much and how long I have loved Cal Ripken, so that was another cool moment.
I hope you all enjoyed this, because I am definitely excited. I doubt it will hit me until much later that I finally was able to meet Cal. Oh man. So awesome.