"I don't look at it as that unbreakable record everyone else does," Ripken said. "Someone told me it was 56 years that Lou Gehrig had the record, and that kind of blew me away. I don't know if it makes it more special or not. The streak happened because it was a byproduct of wanting to play and loving to play and being taught that your job was to come to the ballpark ready to play."
"There are a lot of athletes who play their respective sport and then want to kick back, play golf and live a more leisurely life," Ripken said. "I respect that, but that is not how I am built, and I'm really enjoying this next phase of my life."