If you a chance today, take a look at the Washington Post and their article chronicling Cal Ripken’s trip to Central America, in particular, the country of Nicaragua.
Ripken — the Hall-of-Famer and Oriole legend — is working with former pitcher Dennis Martinez in trying to foster and spread the game to children down there as a envoy with the U.S. Department of State.
He’s also got a running blog of his day-to-day activities down there on the MASN Sports website; however, the Post article gives a much more in-depth account amidst the violence, changes, politics, and upheaval in the war-torn region.
It’s a very interesting read, and shows you why Ripken and the work that he’s involved in transcends the game itself.
Before I go, here’s a page I found some of great photos of Cal Ripken’s trip taken by Kathy A. Adams on Flickr.
Other than that, not much else has happened with the Orioles and the Hot Stove aside from the organization coming to terms on minor league deal with former A’s utility man Donnie Murphy.