Cal Ripken Jr. steps up tonight in a new MLB Network series called “My Most Memorable Game,” taking an emotional look back at — you guessed it — the game in which he broke Lou Gehrig’s Iron Man record by playing in his 2,131st consecutive game in 1995. As Ripken, in the interview with Bob Costas that was filmed last July, talked about the most memorable moment from his most memorable game, he grows teary talking about his mother, Vi, and his father.
“That was the most emotional part of the whole thing,” he said of his father, who died in 1999 (via MLB). “… He wanted to be up in the skybox so I didn’t get a chance to speak any words to him, but when [I] actually caught eyes and looked at him, a million words were going back-and-forth. … Dad was from the old school, maybe it’s his generation where he didn’t express himself in terms of love out loud. He just showed it. … Looking up … it was an expression of love that we communicated in that brief period of time. … It’s still emotional to this day.”
The series begins at 9 p.m. tonight and future players include John Smoltz, Ozzie Smith, Bob Gibson, Johnny Bench and Tom Glavine.