Cal Ripken Jr.: It’s not luck to hit a home run. It’s not luck to hit and it’s not luck to be successful. There’s some lucky aspects to it. If I hit a ball right here on my fist and it breaks my bat, and it jams over the shortstop’s head and lands in, you can call that a lucky hit, or if I swing and smother the ball, and it turns out to be a perfect bunt down the third base line and you get an infield hit, you can say that was a lucky hit. But there’s nothing lucky about standing in the box and trying to hit someone that’s throwing 95 miles an hour and trying to mix the pitches in.