I know the comparison is obvious, but I think it would be a good idea to go over some details for those who don't support the Vote-for-Junior movement.
Here are Cal's pre-ASG stats in 2001, his final year with the O's:
Here are Griffey's pre-ASG stats from last year (it's probably fair to assume that he'll put up similar numbers this year):
I know that they played different positions, can't just compare numbers, etc. But, the fact remains: the public was more than willing to send Ripken to the game AND Ripken wasn't having as good of a season as Griffey had last year/will likely have this year.
Then, there's this:
Leaving your Chan Ho Park conspiracy theories aside, I think it is hard to come across many who don't believe that this was one of the greatest moments in All-Star Game history. Don't we want to create another opportunity for a moment like this?
We aren't trying to set some kind of an every-former-star-in-his-last-season-should-be-elected-to-the-All-Star-Game precedent. In fact, we aren't even trying to set an every-former-SUPERstar-in-his-last-season precedent. We're more aiming for a one-of-The-Greatest-Players-Of-All-Time-in-his-last-season precedent. Watch that video again. Let's give Junior a shot at one more moment. We did it for Cal, let's do it for Junior.
VOTE FOR JUNIOR