Showalter can relate to Ripken kidnap scare

Showalter can relate to Ripken kidnap scare

BALTIMORE -- In the wake of Cal Ripken Jr.'s mother, Vi, being abducted -- and returned safely -- by an armed man from her home outside Baltimore, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Wednesday afternoon that he had a similar event occur in his family several years ago.

"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."