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Ripken urges cliche use

When dealing with the media, use cliches.

That was the pro tip baseball great Cal Ripken Jr. gave during his keynote address at the Maryland Municipal League annual conference in Ocean City.

Ripken’s speech centered on eight elements of perseverance that helped him in his career.

But one of the more interesting tips involved quoting the movie “Bull Durham.” In the movie the character Crash Davis, played by Kevin Costner, tells a young star pitcher that he should memorize and use three cliches when talking to reporters.

“We’ve got to play them one day at a time.”

“I’m just happy to be here and I hope I can help the ball club.”

“I just want to give it my best shot, and the good lord willing, it will work out.”

Ripken joked that these three cliches could answer all media questions.