I first mentioned Cal Ripken back in a post on August 2, 2015, when I noted that he was my favorite baseball player of all time.
My next mention of Cal was on December 31, 2015. That date represented one year of blogging, 365 straight days. In that post, I wrote the following:
Now that I’ve hit my goal of one straight year of daily blogging, I guess my next goal is Cal Ripken Jr.’s streak of 2,632 consecutive games. That means I’ve only got about six more years to go…
I’m sure when I wrote that, six years seemed like quite a long time. And I am sure it was also written partly in jest.
The next mention of Cal was on May 14, 2016, when I achieved 500 straight days of blogging. Here is an excerpt from that post:
Next up as my consecutive days blogging goal is Cal Ripken’s record of playing in 2,632 consecutive baseball games. That’s just about 5 years away. Will blogs still exist at that point? Will I have exhausted every possible idea for a blog post? I’m looking forward to finding out.
Well, blogs still exist, and somehow I have not yet exhausted every possible idea for a blog post (although I am sure some of you are thinking – “please, just take a day off. even better, how about a week.”)
And today, once I hit the Publish button for this post, will be the day I break Cal’s streak – this post represents 2,633 straight days of blogging.
When I found out that March 17, 2022, would be the day I hit my goal, I was quite excited that it would be St. Patrick’s Day, one of my favorite days of the year. It seemed like the luck of the Irish was on my side.
Tonight we went out for dinner to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day, and I honored the occasion by having two pints of Guinness – one for St. Paddy’s Day, and one for my blogging streak.
At this point, I have not really looked much beyond today in terms of setting a new goal for my blog. But I do plan to continue posting every day; at this point, it’s just part of my daily routine.
One change I will make is that I will occasionally feature a previously written post, something I have never done. Given that I had close to 0 followers for the first several years, the odds are quite high that no one has read some of my older posts.
Thank you to all who have supported me in this quest by following my blog, and by liking and commenting on my posts. I have noted before how wonderful the WordPress community is, and I look forward to being part of it for a long time…
P.S. Cal and I have another connection. Cal ended his streak on September 20, 1998. September 20 just so happens to be my birthday.
P.P.S. My middle son was also a fan of Cal, and for his confirmation present, he said he would like to go to a Baltimore Orioles game. Through a family friend, we were able to get tickets for July 21, 1997, and my wife, son, and I drove down for the day. I don’t know who was more excited, my son or me. As fate would have it though, Cal got thrown out of the game in the second inning for questioning a called third strike. It kept his streak going, but we didn’t get to see too much of him that day! (you can read about the game here)
*top image from the Baltimore Sun