I think this is promising. Realize that many of the young players in their prime, that may or may not be free agents, were born in the 80s. Most likely, they started playing rec. league baseball in the '90s, where "Iron Man" Cal was not only one of the greatest baseball players ever, but also probably one of the last honest people to play the game. Which means, Cal Ripken was an athlete that kids could easily look up to as a role model. I played rec. league baseball in the 90s, I was born in 86, and I loved Cal growing up. These young players in the league are around my age. They saw the greatness in call.
You may or may not have read in The Baltimore Sun that Cal Ripken has expressed a quote, "itch," about rejoining Major League Baseball in a front office position. This will certainly be very encouraging to those of us who want Cal to buy the O's from the Imperial Emperor-lookalike, I mean Peter Angelos. I want to know you're take.
Why I mention this is because these players also, like me, grew up watching Cal play the game. Which means, as long as Angelos forks up the money, they would WANT to play for Cal as a general manager. Who wants to play for Andy MacPhail? I think the last time Andy watched ESPN, Dennis Miller was on "Monday Night Football," so at least we would have somebody who...I guess...actually....KNOWS how modern baseball is played? KNOWS that you gotta spend and fix the farm system? Cal has devoted the last ten years to rookie baseball, so that is a good asset.
Look, Nolan Ryan recently became the GM for the Texas Rangers, and look at what they're doing now. This could be a blessing. I doubt that Cal is going to BUY the team, much like what the Facebook and twitter universe wants real badly. However, he can work as a GM. I could get my Labrador to run the team, and he would be smarter than Andy MacPhail. My take: Only time will tell, but I think he can attract free agents with his Hall-of-Fame credentials and legacy. Let's see if Mr. Angelos will spend the money, which is vital in the AL East. Hopefully Cal will be smart to know that Angelos is too absent, too old, and too uninvolved and the smart thing would be to sell the team to someone who ACTUALLY cares.