"Ripken and Gwynn are members of a dying breed, having played their entire careers with one team, and they have been tremendous ambassadors for a game that's had its reputation stained by steroids.
"I think the fact that there are so many people (coming) is a reflection on what kind of people the fans think Cal and I are," said Gwynn, who accumulated 3,141 hits, eight NL batting titles and a career .338 average in 20 seasons with the San Diego Padres. "The feedback I'm getting is that we did things the right way."
Said Ripken: "I don't know if we can always figure out the reason why, but I'm thankful that it's happening."
Both of these guys were known for being "nice guys." How wonderfully boring.