Nightly News | August 03, 2012
>>> now to that bizarre story involving one of the great players and great names in the modern era of baseball and the abduction at gun point of his mother. today cal ripken jr . spoke publicly about this entire ordeal. our justice correspondent pete williams has our report.
>> reporter: a very different cal ripken returned today to baltimore's oriole park where he became the iron man, setting the major league record for consecutive games . 2,632. his subject today was a different figure -- 23 -- the number of hours his 74-year-old mother, vi, was held last week by a kidnapper. he was emotional, recalling when he was notified.
>> it was the worst feeling you could imagine. it was about 9:00 at night. my sister called me and said they were going to report that the car with my mom's tags on it was reported and that a woman was tied up in the back seat of the car and they wanted to know if we knew where mom was.
>> reporter: surveillance video shows her kidnapper shopping for food after he forced her at gun point into her own car, binding her hands and blind folding her.
>> we don't know why. so that's bizarre on many levels.
>> reporter: police have no idea if the kidnapper knows who she was. they have no suspect but hope the sketch will generate tips. ripken says his mother is physically unharmed but still has not moved back into the house where she raised her hall of fame son sheench.s
>> she is affected. no doubt about it. i don't know when she will go back, but certainly right now she is not back in her house yet.
>> reporter: as for the rest of the family, ripken says we're all a little shaky. pete williams , nbc news, washington.