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Ripken Jr., Finch Passing on the Pastime

Cal Ripken Jr. and Jennie Finch visit the Ripken Experience (Source: WMBF Sports) Cal Ripken Jr. and Jennie Finch visit the Ripken Experience (Source: WMBF Sports)

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - Cal Ripken Jr. and Jennie Finch are two of the most recognizable names in baseball and softball. Both have given their all to their sport. And are now giving back to today's youth.

"For me, there's nothing better than looking into a young girls eyes and just seeing hope. Hopefully that's what they can take away from that, is that they can do anything," said former Softball star Jennie Finch.

For Cal, not only have him and his brother Billy built state of the art facilities for young ball players. They have passed down values that go far beyond the white lines.

When you're competing on the field, you should have a respect for your opponent. And you should play the game the way you want it to be played against you," said Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr.

When Ripken comes down to the Beach or makes other stops to work with kids. He takes his time to listen and help them. His lessons aren't always about the fundamentals.

"I use to always remember when my dad said, If you get a chance to meet someone in the time it would take you to ask for an autograph, ask them a baseball question. The advice they give you can extend and live with that. The autograph is sort of a fleeing thing," said Ripken.

The future stars of the game may be playing at the Ripken Experience this week, Finch believes the past has caught up with the times as well.

"When i went into a sporting good store when I was young. I had to buy a baseball glove. Now there's fast pitch sections in the sporting goods store. So its incredible to see these young girls coming in here and having the opportunity to play on these fields and to play the game at the level that they do," Finch said.

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