It’s no surprise Cal Ripken Jr. threw a strike.
25 years after breaking Lou Gehrig’s longstanding record for consecutive games played, the Iron Man, Cal Ripken, Jr., returns to Camden Yards to throw out the ceremonial first pitch to his son, Ryan. #Cal2131 pic.twitter.com/63EhoApVhO— Baltimore Orioles 😷 (@Orioles) September 6, 2020
On the 25th anniversary of his record-breaking 2131 game where he broke Lou Gehrig’s famed consecutive games played streak, Ripken threw the game’s first pitch to his son, Ryan, who is a player in the organization.
“Baltimore’s Iron Man stepped onto the field at Camden Yards and played in a game that was one of the best nights in baseball history,” PA announcer Ryan Wagner said.
I couldn’t imagine a better person than Ryan to catch the "virtual" ceremonial first pitch commemorating the 25th anniversary of 2131. He was so young that night all those years ago when he threw a first pitch to me! pic.twitter.com/8C0kK2TTSF— Cal Ripken, Jr. (@CalRipkenJr) September 6, 2020
Ripken’s streak, which lasted 2,632 games, ended three years later against the New York Yankees — the Orioles’ opponent on Sunday.
The day will be loaded with Ripken celebration, as the Orioles are wearing 2131 patches on their left sleeves. Ripken is scheduled to join the MASN television broadcast at some point during the game.