Cal Ripken gets some rare bad press:
Cal Ripken played in 2,632 consecutive games during his two-decade long career. He had more than 11,500 at bats, no doubt many in pressure-packed situations. So where was baseball's Iron Man during dinner at Thursday's Men's Night Out banquet?
Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County officials were told to provide Ripken with a separate room for "meditation time," before his speech, which turned out to be a 40-minute infomercial for one of his books.
Ripken's refusal to eat with the people who paid $100 a ticket plus a $250 minimum individual gift for the federation, and also paid for his first-class round trip airfare and one night at the Four Seasons Resort, angered some. Ripken was paid tens of thousands of dollars (Ripken commands at least $50,000 a speech but did lower is fee for Thursday), and only met with those who were invited to a VIP room before he disappeared for at least an hour.
I never had a problem with Ripken the player, but Ripken the self-help, motivational guru is a bit tough to take. The book he was shilling in Palm Beach is called "Get in the Game: 8 Elements of Perseverance That Make the Difference." How fortunate for Cal that the skills and qualities needed for a fulfilling life just happened to break down into the same number of categories as his uniform number! How lucky that his scientific and psychological investigation into the human condition just so happened to result in a Ripken-specific marketing angle!
How sad that politeness and personability weren't among the eight qualities that "make the difference."