#4409 – cal ripken's favorite president

at work, i have a piece of paper with this printed on it and pinned up to my cubicle wall:

“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly… who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who have never known neither victory nor defeat.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

it is to remind me that no matter how bad things get at work, or what bad scores i get from quality (what bad scores? i have 7 or 8 straight 100% quality scores!), or what my supervisors or manager says, i’m the one who knows what i did and didn’t do and i have a right to take pride in my work even if i don’t get recognition for being awesome.

well, remember that “night with cal ripken” that i went to a few weeks ago? during his presentation he said he had a “surprise” for his last slide, but he forgot to show us what that last slide was before he left.

i got my weekly dematha alumni email newsletter, and it mentioned that he forgot to tell us what the surprise was:

Finally, The Catholic Standard today has a nice story about Cal Ripken’s visit to DeMatha last week:

We heard a lot of good things about that evening and we are grateful that so many decided to attend. A month ago, we had a lengthy internal debate about what to charge to come to this function. Surely someone like Cal Ripken (and James Brown) could draw a big crowd paying big bucks.

However, the decision was made to make it an affordable evening, one that could be enjoyed by the entire family and not just one parent. We hope you appreciated our efforts to make this a ‘Family” night.

We did manage to get Mr. Ripken to sign a few #8 Orioles jerseys for us and the plan is to set up a page and auction these items off. We are getting the jerseys framed now and in the coming months, we will let you know when we begin our online auction.

The school would like to thank the Alumni Association for sponsoring this event (including Mike Bussink ’64, President). It was Morgan Wootten who was able to get Cal (and James) to visit DeMatha as Morgan appeared at a fundraiser in memory of Cal’s dad last year. We also need to thank James Brown ’69 for graciously agreeing to emcee the event and to make it so special. Other thank yous: to Ric MacPherson ’65 of Imageworks, for the lovely hats that were provided to each entrant that night; the student volunteers from the NHS as well as Tom Kelly ’09; Peggy Stawinski, our most generous banquet manager; to Brian Westbrook ’97 of The Philadelphia Eagles for kindly signing autographs for us that night; and our sponsors — Jim Stunkle ’90 and Tim O’Brien ’77. (There were many more people behind the scenes who made this night happen and we hope we do not annoy them by not listing them here — but thank you too!).

Of course, we were also very grateful to Cal Ripken, for generously donating his time to DeMatha. During his presentation, he promised that he would reveal some ‘secret’ at the end of his presentation. Some thought some ‘major’ announcement was going to occur — like he was buying the Orioles or Nationals. Instead, I will share with you now that ‘secret’ — it is Cal’s advice to all of us — to play the game and not just watch it. Here is the last slide that he did not show:

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”

— Theodore Roosevelt

good ol’ cal ripken! i knew he was a great guy! hahaha