As a man whose baseball consciousness began in the late 1990s, I have a significantly different perspective on Cal Ripken than most people I talk to. The Ripken that I know is the guy who hit .273 with 17 homers and an OPS below league average from 1996-2001. The Ripken that people talk about is the one who hit .276 with 22 homers and an OPS above league average from 1982-1995. Ok, so maybe Ripken’s prime is overrated. Let’s forget that for a moment, because Cal’s impact on the field is an argument for another day. What I want to talk about now is his supposed impact off the field.