Originally written July 14, 2013 on Next Impulse Sports:
Sporting events, as a whole, are full of feel-good moments.  It’s the reason why we have Rudy, The Natural, and Remember The Titans.  It’s the reason why we watch One Shining Moment at the end of every NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament.  Plainly speaking, if you can watch this video without feeling something, it’s possible you’ve been sent from the future to kill John Connor.  Baseball had one of those moments during the 2001 All-Star Game, thanks to Cal Ripken, Jr. If you grew up in the 80s and 90s you probably saw a lot of Ripken.  Why?  Because the guy played in 2,632 consecutive games – which is just over 16 seasons - besting Lou Gehrig for the most consecutive games played.  Ripken was a staple for the Baltimore Orioles for the majority of two decades, and paved the way for a new generation of shortstops.  Not only was he a slick defensive stopgap at the most pivotal position on the field, but he was also a fantastic hitter.  The guy ended his career with 431 home runs, 3,184 hi...
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