Do you happen to have a spare $12.5 million laying around? No? Well, are you a freakishly gifted shortstop capable of winning a Rookie of the Year Award, two MVPs, a World Series and setting the record for most consecutive games played in baseball history all the while becoming the most beloved figure in Baltimore sports history? No?
Huh, well, that’s tough then, because it probably means you’re never going to live in Cal Ripken Jr.’s six-bedroom, ten-bathroom house, which is listed for sale with Sotheby’s Realty:
Custom built in 1985, then completely renovated again in the late 1990’s, the twenty-five acre luxury estate exemplifies elegance and beautifully captures the essence of refined country living. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase this outstanding property!
That’s pretty short for one of those luxury home writeups, so we just let to the photos do the talking. There are 40 of them at the listing. The best one is probably the kitchen. It has a sign in it that says “Keep it Simple,” which is quite a thing to say about a 25-acre estate with ten bedrooms, but we’ll let that go. It also has a full-sized basketball court, giant home theater, batting cage, baseball-style clubhouse, complete with training room with those little hot tubs, a baseball field and a private pond, which I assume is stocked with fish.
As is the case with most of these sorts of places, it’s so fancy that it’s hard to imagine someone actually living in it, but when you’re Cal Ripken you do whatever the heck you want. He made $70 million+ as a player and countless millions as a media figure, businessman and celebrity pitchman over the years, so it’s not like he was gonna get a split level in Catonsville or wherever.