Here are #WNSTSweet16 people who had a dream in Baltimore

January 21, 2014 | Nestor Aparicio

5. Cal Ripken, Jr.

It’s hard to not view the streak now and see the past 19 years of our lives go by at warp speed as Cal Ripken had morphed quite handsomely from legendary baseball player to local business owner who loves and preaches the love of baseball to youths in America.

Cal’s dream began with his father’s vision for what a baseball player should be and the embodiment of “The Oriole Way,” handed down from Paul Richards. Ripken’s grace and class and the tenacity of The Streak on the field will never be forgotten. But his dream to keep his father’s spirit alive through baseball continues to grow with every year.

He wants to own and run the Orioles. We all know that. He wants to get back into the game. But will he and where? Perhaps his story still has many chapters left in it for Baltimore baseball fans? Only time will. But we’ll always have that one moment in time on September 6, 1995…

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3 Comments For This Post

  1. Sam Says:

    This list is spot on…but somewhere in 16, Ray Lewis’ name should have appeared. No doubt about it.

  2. TimNATC Says:

    Heck of a job with this list! I see one that is missing though. His name is Nestor Aparicio. You cannot be a Baltimore sports fan and not recognize what Nestor has done for/meant to the city of Baltimore. Nestor worked hard from a young age to learn and master his craft. When he started WNST people laughed and said he would fail. He had a nationally syndicated radio show and gave it up because he didn’t want to leave his hometown. We should all be thankful that he stayed. Since I have known Nestor (I only really know him through listening and reading) he has always been ahead of his time. He loves sports, he loves Baltimore. Thank you Nestor!

  3. Rich Says:

    TimNATC stole my thunder. Except somehow I believe Nestor’s name is conspicuously absent from the list of 16, but is blatantly included by way of the byline. I, too, believe Nestor is the ultimate Baltimore sports dream-come-true story, but you’d be hard-pressed to fill the stands with enough believers. I don’t think he’d really want it any other way. Nice work, Nasty, as always.

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