steve_young.jpgImagine being the guy who has to take over first base from Pujols when he leaves the Cardinals.  Sure, like Jeff says, life will go on but imagine being that guy.  It doesn’t matter how good you are, you’re always going to fall short.  It’s kind of like Steve Young.  He was a great quarterback but I don’t think that many people would claim he was better than Joe Montana.  It’s hard being a replacement.

Steve Young aside, replacements often leave much to be desired.  Maybe it’s because the original is irreplaceable.  Maybe it’s because the original has a special place in our hearts.  Maybe it’s both.  But the fact is, being a replacement is an unenviable task.

It’s even worse when you have to replace a classic.  The Daily Show pointed this out recently:

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Sure, the original is full of crass and vile vernacular but that’s the reality of our history.  When you try to replace it, it just comes off as hackneyed and simplistic. 

Huck Finn, for better or worse, represents a specific time in American history, a time that we don’t necessarily have to be proud of but that we should remember.  Albert Pujols represents the other end of that spectrum for Cardinals fans and he’s going to be just as irreplaceable.  And when they try, it’s going to feel just as awkward as the new version of Huckleberry Finn.




  1. blithescribe

    Yeah, whether the relationship is with one person or an entire fanbase, it sucks to be the rebound guy.
    The whole Huck Finn rewrite thing is stupid, even more so because someone seems to feel the need to try this every decade or so. I’m glad you wrote about it! Beyond being a sad reality of our history, Twain’s use of language in Huck Finn was intentional social commentary showing the pervasiveness of racist attitudes and behavior across class lines. Mark Twain isn’t rolling over in his grave every time some tries to bowdlerize his words, he’s laughing sarcastically because the dim view he held of humanity towards the end of his life has been confirmed yet again.
    – Kristen

  2. raysrenegade

    Change is the one thing we can always expect, but it sometimes rears it ugly mug at the wrong moments or causes undue pain, suffering or a crack in our reality.
    Sure players get older and young guys push them or pry them from their spots every Spring, but a contract situation in a whole different ballgame.
    Worst thing is that no matter what the answer is in the Pujols saga, someone will lose.
    Hopefully it is not the fanbase who flock to buy his jersey, wait impatiently for him before or after games, or that child who just wants a smile from their hero.
    Money can be a cruel part of the game.
    Heck, I remember playing for a snowcone asa kid….but then I didn’t know about the Benjamins back then.

    Rays Renegade

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