Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., and his daughter took in the Twins-Orioles game at Camden Yards Thursday night.
Always nice to see Cal back at the ballpark. It was perfect, really. Seventy degrees, the first evening it hasn’t rained in Baltimore in about a week and a half. Cal’s Orioles even had a 4-2 lead in the fifth inning.
But something was horribly wrong.
As Cal and his daughter sat in the first row, just to the first-base side of home plate, television cameras caught the Iron Man … text messaging! Like, during the game. For most of the game, Cal and his daughter sat with their heads down, tapping out text messages.
Actually, Cal did a lot more texting than his daughter did. She stashed her phone after the fifth inning and enjoyed a close game, while Cal carried on a digital conversation with someone else, presumably not at the ballpark.
Y’know, you expect some nutsack college kid to sit behind the plate and text all night. But the Great Cal Ripken?
To be fair, Cal looked up for nearly every pitch. But as soon as the ball hit the catcher’s mitt, Junior buried his head in his celly again.
We’ll cut him a little slack. After all, he is Cal Ripken. But as soon as he takes a call and starts waving at the camera, it’s over.
UPDATE: The Ripkens were no longer in their seats in the eighth inning with the score tied 4-4.