Baseball great Cal Ripken shares his advice with Bryce Harper: Powerhouse Politics

Baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr. knows a thing or two about the All-Star Game scheduled for Tuesday night at Washington’s Nationals Park.

He’s played in 19 of them, joining baseball luminaries like Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Stan Musial.

Powerhouse Politics podcast hosts Jon Karl and Rick Klein caught up with Ripken at Nats Park Tuesday. He was impressed by Nationals star Bryce Harper, who hit 19 home runs in the final round to come from behind and become the Home Run Derby Champ on Monday night. Ripken said he identifies with Harper, who could become a free agent at the end of this season.

“Bryce — I might be able to relate a little bit. In my free agent year when our contract was uncertain, I let it go into the year one time, and I couldn’t keep my mind from going up and down. You know when you get a few hits that seem like contract negotiations increased. Then when you got in a slump, it seems like they went away. So, I allowed the business side to kind of creep in and the harder you try, baseball doesn’t work that way.”

Klein and Karl spoke with Ripken, the Baltimore…

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