HOOTIE wrote:Yoda wrote:IVIisfits138 wrote:lucky record.
Define luck. Staying healthy is a skill and he was the most durable athlete in history of the game while being a plus player at his position.
Luck was still a big part. A fastball to the wrist and then what? Skill or luck? A cleat that sticks, twisting his knee? What if he got hit like Conigliaro? Or run over like Fosse?
The huge mistake you guys keep making is thinking that Ripken did not suffer some of these:
"Perhaps the closest he came to ending the streak before surpassing Gehrig was on June 6, 1993, when he twisted his right knee during a beanball brawl between the Orioles and Mariners. The knee swelled badly overnight, and Ripken told his wife he wasn't going to be able to play in the ensuing game, but he didn't even miss pregame infield drills."
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m ... i_20382952