NEVER let it be said that Baltimoreans don't know how to...


September 08, 1995

NEVER let it be said that Baltimoreans don't know how to make the most of opportunity. During Thursday's Ripken Day parade, one of the vehicles carrying Cal's teammates seemed to have lost its passenger.

As the parade paused near the corner of Charles and Saratoga, Gregg Watkins, a building mechanic in a nearby office building, sauntered over to the empty tailgate, sat down and began acknowledging the cheers of the crowd.

The driver, apparently glad for some company, promptly dubbed his passenger the "strengthening coach." After enjoying his moment in the spotlight for a block or two, Mr. Watkins hopped off and, like the rest of Baltimore, headed back to work.

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THERE was much to savor in the coverage of Cal Ripken's new record. For our part, one of the most touching commentaries came in the scenes recorded at ball-yards around the country. As the news was flashed, players and fans alike responded with ovations, pausing to commemorate a bit of history being made in Baltimore.

Sentimental? Of course. But what is all the hoopla about if not reassurance that baseball can still give us the kind of heroes who make it easier to get up every day and give the job the best effort we've got.

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