I had aches and pains when I played. No player is ever 100 percent, 80 percent, 85 percent. Guys that play 158 or 162 or 145, we are all in the same boat.

- Cal Ripken Jr

I kept thinking, 'this must be the coolest job - I'd like to be a professional baseball player.' They were getting paid to play a game, and what a cool lifestyle that was.

- Cal Ripken Jr

When you're in the day-to-day grind, it just seems like it's another step along the way. But I find joy in the actual process, the journey, the work. It's not the end. It's not the end event.

- Cal Ripken Jr

All I really try and do is live up to my potential and do as well as I possibly could and to bring to the ballpark each and every day a good effort and do the best that I could each and every day.

- Cal Ripken Jr

I never understood that when I heard people retire - they said they missed being around the guys. I don't have a need to make a play in the ninth inning of a game anymore. But being on the inside and being part of a team is something that you really do value and you really do miss.

- Cal Ripken Jr

You don't project yourself in the Hall of Fame as a player. It's only during that five-year period where people start asking about it, and it doesn't seem real until it happens.

- Cal Ripken Jr

You could be a kid for as long as you want when you play baseball.

- Cal Ripken Jr

My dad had premature gray. I was always the one with the most energy, the one who continued to practice longer. I ran up and down the stairs of different stadiums. I didn't feel the need to cover up the fact that I was losing my hair or it was graying. When you're on a team, age is only a factor when you're talking in the locker room.

- Cal Ripken Jr

When things happen to you in the worst way, you live with it, you go over it, you think, 'What else could I have done?'

- Cal Ripken Jr

The older you get, the things that you thought you wanted to do when you were younger, you're checking them off your list because you no longer want to them.

- Cal Ripken Jr