Iron ManCal Ripken was on NPR this afternoon, promoting his new book, Get in the Game: 8 Elements of Perseverance That Make the Difference. The host, Neal Conan (who kinda used to work for Ripken), asked the Hall of Fame shortstop a question that had been submitted by a reader.

The reader wanted to know the truth behind a rumor that he said had been floating around Baltimore for years: that the Orioles once canceled a night game against the Mariners because Ripken was M.I.A. and the team didn’t want his consecutive games played streak to come to an end.

What the reader didn’t say, and what Conan presumably didn’t know, is that the rumor is much juicier than that. From ESPN:

Consider Cal’s streak, which according to one outlandish rumor was supposedly kept alive by a supposed fake power outage at Camden Yards after the Iron Man supposedly was arrested for supposedly beating up Kevin Costner after supposedly catching the actor supposedly sleeping with his wife. The rumor spread enough that Costner even went on the radio to deny it.

Kevin CostnerRipken answered the question without alluding to Costner. He called the rumor bogus and said he was at the park that night and even warmed up on the infield. And, for what it’s worth, agrees with Ripken’s account.

There’s no credible evidence to support the story about Ripken and Costner. Still, I think I’m going to choose to believe that story, because I love the idea of Ripken beating the snot out of Kevin Costner. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of Kevin Costner the actor. He gave us Field of Dreams and Bull Durham and for that I owe him a huge debt. But Kevin Costner the human being … eeeww.

You can listen to the Ripken interview here.

14 Responses to “Ripken talks about the Kevin Costner myth (without actually talking about it)”

  1. Gotta love conspiracy theories…I will choose to believe that story too…it’s just too good

  2. I’m torn between two sides on this rumor. Stay with me on this one. The rumor is true about Ripken pounding Costner. The rumor about the Orioles faking the light outage is not. They are two Separate incidents.

    I heard about Ripken’s night in a Baltimore Jail from a friend of a women who walked (former Orioles Catcher) Chris Hoiles dogs. Kevin Costner went on a date with Cal’s wife Kelly. Cal found out and punched Kevin Costner.

    If It happened the night before the power outage don’t you think Cal Ripken could have gotten bail before the start of the game. Especially in Baltimore.

  3. glennrwordman says:

    I was at that game. The lights did indeed go out around the top ring of the stadium.

    It was a very, very strange evening, and I’m pretty sure I remember CR Jr. taking IF.

  4. i used to work at the stadium in the late 90’s. i occasionally worked with a lady in the baltimore police dept. she confirmed through her counterparts the police were called to the ripken household for a domestic disturbance and costner was at the house…as for ripken decking him i do not know…its quite possible the power went out at camden yards, ripken went home and found costner with his wife who may have had no idea that the power was out at the stadium and the game would not be played.

  5. Salem Michael says:

    Actually, the version of this story that I heard, and I lived in Maryland at the time, was that Cal got physical with his wife, not Costner.

  6. Sarah Green says:

    Well that would be upsetting indeed. Everyone likes a good Kevin Costner-punched -in-the-face story. Not so much a spousal abuse story…

  7. Im a huge huge fan of Kevin. And if Ripken says its not true… Then there’s no valid reason to believe this story. Honestly, its stupid.

  8. CalRipkenJr says:

    I don’t know what you’re talking about….really.

  9. Cal Ripken Jr. says:

    This is the version of the story I know: Ripken beat up his wife after the Costner incident. Also, Cal Ripken took steroids and is part of the reason for the O’s demise.

  10. KevinCostner says:

    Actually Cal did beat the s*%$ out of me and that last post is BS Angelos caused the demise of this franchise

  11. Diane S from Iowa says:

    I don’t know if it is true or not, but I think it is very true that Cal Ripken is a man of honor and integrity and Kevin Costner is a bottom-feeder.

  12. Cal was juicing at the time, so maybe roid rage got the best of him. oh…you say he didnt??? his best friend on the team sure did. Brady Anderson. You dont think Cal did, then keep believing that.

  13. am I the only one who believes that Cal might have been responsible for the power outage in Super Bowl 47? yeah, probably, but we should give this theory some fuel! :)

  14. I am the biggest Cal Jr fan around but one of my good friends played minor league baseball in the Orioles organization and claims that Billy told him pretty much the story word for word and it was true. Not sure why either of them would lie about it.

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