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5TH QUARTER MAGAZINE:
<img class=" wp-image-8426 " title="Cal Ripken Jr. Signs Copies of "Hothead"" src="http://www.5thquartermag.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/pg2_g_ripkenbook_3001.jpg" alt="" width="210" height="210" />Cal Ripken Jr. here promoting his first children's book "Hothead"
Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. continues to do his part by devoting his life to help the youth become better people. Ripken has released his second book, “Super-sized Slugger”, which is about a baseball player in high school being bullied because he is different. The main character Cody Parker is overweight, scared and hates his new life in Dullsville, Md., where he’s a target for teasing.
Ripken can relate because he was a victim of being bullied when he played baseball as a freshmen at Aberdeen High School in Maryland in the mid-1970s. He was hung upside down in the school stairwell by his feet about 20 feet in the air and a constant victim of hazing.
“I was a freshman who had made the varsity team, so I was a boy really playing with men. It became an environment to be picked on,” said Ripken, who had spent his whole life in that area outside Baltimore. “It was part of the initiation, I guess. All the stuff in my pockets came out.”
Ripken’s challenge is to help young people understand that bullying is not cool and that if you are being bullied, you should tell someone. At the time Ripken was being bullied he didn’t tell anyone, not the baseball coach, teachers or even his dad, Cal Ripken Sr., who was then a coach with the Baltimore Orioles.
“I’m trying to instill old-school values and principles,” said the 51-year-old Ripken, who wrote another book called “Hothead” and is almost finished writing his third. “When it came to bullying, I didn’t know what to do. But in this story, we talk about trusting adults, your coach, a teacher and your parents for advice. We all can learn from these principles.”
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