The BALTIMORE ORIOLES LEGENDS: CAL RIPKEN, JR. COLLECTORS EDITION is a tribute to Ripkens on-field success, from his six-hit game and the power of his three-homerun stunner, to postseason performances, All-Star Game accolades, and the night he overtook the all-time consecutive games played streak. It was this crowning achievement that lifted Cal Ripken, Jr. above the tens of thousands of men whove played in Major League Baseball--in all, his string of "days on the job" spanned an amazing 2,632 games played across 16 baseball seasons. Each DVD contains the complete, digitally preserved game broadcast, intensified by SleeveStats, the perfect companion to the ultimate Baltimore Orioles DVD experience, including official stats, trivia, and game summaries right on each DVD cover. In addition, the collection features a 60-minute documentary, "Cal Ripken, Jr. The Iron Mans Legendary Career" chronicling Ripkens magnificent 21-year career.
Baltimore Orioles Legends: Cal Ripken Jr. Collector's Edition
captures one of the most electrifying moments in modern television: Ripken's breaking of one of sport's most unbreakable records, Lou Gehrig's streak of 2130 consecutive games played. The irony is that the record itself is not that exciting--just carrying your lunch pail to work every day--and barring some bizarre weather event or freak injury, everyone knew it was going to happen at Camden Yards on September 6, 1996, and the game unfolded pretty normally, other than guests such as Earl Weaver arriving in the broadcast booth to ramble about Ripken. But as soon as the game became official and Ripken grew tired of basking in the applause, he took an impromptu victory lap around the stadium slapping hands with the fans, and the ESPN broadcast crew had the rare insight to stay silent and let the moment speak for itself.
But Ripken didn't stop at 2131, and neither does this six-disc set. It has four other complete and significant games, including a 1996 three-homer game vs. Seattle, game 1 of the 1996 ALDS against Cleveland, a six-for-six performance against the Braves in 1999, and the 2001 All-Star Game in which he was voted the MVP (and starting AL shortstop Alex Rodriguez playfully pushed him back to his original position to start the game). On the last disc is a one-hour documentary from 2001, The Iron Man's Legendary Career, recapping his career (early quote: "I want to get used to playing every day") with interviews by Ripken, Earl Weaver, Fred Lynn, and peer shortstops Alex Rodriguez, Omar Vizquel, Derek Jeter, and Nomar Garciaparra. More interviews and game clips round out the package for one of the most-respected and classiest figures in sports history. --David Horiuchi