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Cal Ripken Jr. is a genuine mid-Atlantic sports hero—a shoe-in, first-ballot Hall of Fame shortstop/third baseman from outside Baltimore whose fierce regional identity is complemented by the charm of that familiar Mawrelind semidrawl. In this role, Ripken and his path to the majors gave hope to every crab-eating, oyster-shucking yokel from the Delaware Valley to the Eastern Shore—not to mention the sons of so many lawyers and lobbyists who, lacking a team of their own, latched on to the one 45 minutes up I-95. Thanks to such a lofty pedestal, Ripken has been able to publish books and release DVDs that, among other things, instruct an adoring fan base on the “Ripken Way.” His latest, a simple number called Parenting Young Athletes the Ripken Way, is full of level-headed advice for the maybe-not-so-level-headed crowd. Get in line when Ripken signs his book at 5:30 p.m. at Olsson’s Books & Records, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. (703) 525-4227. (Mike Kanin)