Eighteen years ago, on Sept. 6, 1995, Cal Ripken Jr. set what may be the most impressive record in sports, playing in his 2,131st consecutive baseball game.

Ripken’s name on the lineup card that day signaled a major moment in MLB history, as the lifetime Oriole replaced Lou Gehrig as baseball’s all-time iron man.

Friday, on Ripken Baseball, Cal spoke about the day and the anniversary with his brother, Billy.

“The anniversary feels kind of weird,” Cal said. “My first response was, ‘What was today?’ But yeah, it’s a nice memory. You think back, it was so exciting, and a little nerve-wracking at the same time. Because you play the game not for the sake of the streak, and I didn’t want anybody to look at it as if you’re playing for the sake of the streak. And I wanted to play well and perform well.

“The way it unfolded, almost looking back on it, it almost had a nice choreographed feel to it, because I made the lap around the ballpark and all that, but it was anything like that. It was very spontaneous,” Cal continued. “But somehow, it came out perfect.”

Cal also explained to Billy how clearly he still remembers the moment, and an encounter he had with a fan at Camden Yards that day.

Ripken Baseball airs Friday at 12 pm ET on MLB Network Radio, XM channel 89 and Sirius channel 209.

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