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The Kickoff

April 11, 2007|By DAVID STEELE

Cal Ripken Jr. had himself one hell of a day Monday, one that made him much, much larger than a Hall of Famer-elect and iconic figure of a city and franchise.

Yes, he threw out the ceremoni al first pitch at the Orioles game, and yes, he made a huge commit ment to Major League Baseball's RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) program on behalf of his family's charitable foundation, putting his money and name be hind something that, ideally, should bring baseball back from life support in areas like the neighborhoods west of Camden Yards and the Inner Harbor.

Best of all, though? Cal is the first celebrity to officially and publicly back away from appear ing on Don Imus' show.

He was scheduled to appear on Imus in the Morning this week to promote his new book, Get in the Game, but the appearance was canceled Monday.


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