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Freaky stuff happened, but not to Cal

Originally Published: September 6, 2005
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

Let's just call them the anti-Ripkens.

Every day, as Cal Ripken found a way to play another game during his record 2,632 consecutive-games streak, somebody in baseball found a way not to play another game.

Without the anti-Ripkens, Ripken's iron-man streak might seem like no big deal. But only when you consider all the bizarre things that keep the rest of the human race from playing every day can you truly appreciate what it means that Ripken never had any of that stuff happen to him. ...

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