Cal Ripken’s final All-Star Game home run, 2001
The 2001 All-Star was a farewell tour for Cal Ripken, baseball’s iron man who had announced his impending retirement, and it got off on the right foot when Alex Rodriguez demanded Cal take his old place at shortstop instead of third, where Ripken had been playing in his twilight. Classy move by A-Rod.
But the moment no one will ever forget is Cal crushing a home run in the third inning, with Charlie Steiner’s classic, “WHO WROTE THIS SCRIPT?!?!” call. It really doesn’t get any better than that.