Sports and Health Insurance: Cal Ripken Jr.
Jan 20th, 2010
Cal Ripken Jr. earned himself the name of Iron Man during his nineteen years as a professional baseball player for the Baltimore Orioles. He had a well-earned reputation for not missing games no matter whether he was injured or regardless of how he felt. And his standard of commitment resulted in his surpassing the legendary Lou Gehrig’s 56 year-old record for consecutive games played in September 6, 1995. That was when he played his 2,131st game. This as later voted by fans as Major League Baseball’s “Most Memorable Moment” in MLB history. And it was a game where he hit a home run during one of his times a bat to make the event even more fitting being special for those who came to watch the history event. Eventually his record would extend to a total of 2,632 games before it came to an end. In addition he was a 19 time All-Star and member of the 3000 hit club. He is considered by many to be one of the best shortstops and third basemen to have every played the game. And he opened the door by his stature of being 6 ft 4 in and 235 pounds so that other tall and larger athletes could be successful at the short stop position.
He was induced into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in the year 2007. His first ballot induction who received the third highest vote in Hall of Fame history surpassed only by Tom Seaver and Nolan Ryan. Since retiring from baseball he has been involved in a number of enterprises that promote the sport and have philanthropic activities. This includes sponsoring youth camps and clinics and Ripken Professional Baseball with three minor league teams that are the Augusta GreenJackets, Aberdeen IronBirds and the Charlotte Stone Crabs. Each of them is associated with a major league team.
And even if you were to have the kind of endurance that made Cal Ripken Jr. so legendary, it would not guarantee that you could avoid some health complications. Even the most talented and healthy athlete understands that everyone does still get sick. That is why regardless of who you are there will be a need to have adequate health insurance coverage for those unexpected moments that happen in every life. Because nobody should have to be benched by some sickness when health insurance can make sure they get eh treatment needed in a timely manner rather than when it is possibly life threatening.
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