Leaving on a plane for China with Cal Ripken Jr.

October 26, 2007 | Nestor Aparicio

Even though this sounds like a punchline, I’m leaving on Sunday morning to go to Beijing, China with Cal Ripken Jr.

I know, I know. It’s sounds sorta absurd that the loudmouthed kid from Dundalk is going with the city’s pride and joy and baseball’s living treasure Cal Ripken Jr. to China on a goodwill ambassador expedition.

Instead of going through the “whys” and the “hows” of this thing, I’ll just say this: I’m VERY, VERY excited!

As I’ve grown older, I’ve really appreciated how much time I’ve gotten to spend in other cultures and taking in the world. This is my first trip to Asia, and when the opportunity arose, I had no choice but to accept the chance to go and videotape and interview Cal and follow his path to enlightening the Chinese about the great game of baseball, which I love so much!

Anybody been to China?

Lemme know … I need some tips!

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