September 09, 2009
Everyone is talking about No. 9 today, but on Tuesday night in Baltimore, it was all about No. 8.
Cal Ripken's No. 8 statue, to be more specific.
According to the Sun papers, a quartet of local miscreants uprooted Ripken's numeral from its base outside Camden Yards and carted it off in the back of a pickup truck for a night of fun in Charm City.
But not being the freshest crabcakes in the city, the foursome kept Ripken's number out in plain view — just like those KISS statues in Dazed and Confused — which led to a quick resolution of the case.
From the Baltimore Sun:
"Police discovered that the theft had been captured on surveillance video and a lookout was broadcast for a pickup truck. About an hour later, police responded to a call for men acting disorderly at Lombard and Elwood streets in East Baltimore. When officers arrived ... they saw the pickup truck and the No. 8 statue in the back.
"'They saw the big No. 8 and knew that was the property,' Guglielmi said."
I think we can all agree that the city of Baltimore has not seen a finer piece of detective work since Cole brought home the Mississippi extradition.
But can we also agree that Ripken deserves a lot more than just a boring number outside the park where he saved baseball? The amount of damage the No. 8 received during its night out is unknown, but here's saying the Orioles should take the opportunity to go ahead and commission a work of the man in bronze. Babe Ruth could use some company.
Other oddball stories across the Yahoo! network:
• Robbery suspect returns, asks victim out on a date
• Man raids court to give tennis star a kiss, gets arrested
• Armless man not allowed to cash check for absurd reason