"My mother had somebody break in, middle of the night, tied her up with the cord to the radio," Showalter said of the break-in which occurred in his childhood home in Century, Fla. "She was listening to the game. We were in Atlanta, I think, a few years back. She found out later she knew the guy. She took him around and showed him where all the cash was. That dog [she had] didn't stay around much longer, didn't do a very good job."
Vi Ripken, 74, was kidnapped between 7-8 a.m. on Tuesday by a man who forced her into her car, according to multiple reports. She was found unharmed nearly a full day later, around 6:15 a.m., in her car near her home in Aberdeen, Md.
"Obviously our thoughts and prayers go out to the Ripken family," Showalter said. "It's tough. Crazy world. But I know the Ripken family and I know the stock, not only [Cal Ripken] Sr. but Vi."
"This has been a very trying time for our family, but we are grateful and relieved that mom is back with us, safe and healthy," the Ripken family said in a statement. "We want to thank everyone for their tremendous support, especially all of the law enforcement agencies that worked so hard and quickly. This is [an] ongoing investigation, so we hope everyone understands that we cannot comment further at this time. Thank you."