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June 26, 2014

Legacy built on service, not on hopscotch

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Then there are legacies built not on championships, but on continued service and they, even more than the champs, are remembered most fondly.

Brooks Robinson won two World Series but it was his career that made him Baltimore’s favorite son. 

George Brett won only one, but he’s still Mr. Kansas City.

Tony Gwynn won none but the world just mourned his passing in a way Wade Boggs and Rod Carew won’t be remembered because those guys had more than one home.

James has already messed up by leaving once. Leave twice and he’s just another mercenary. Maybe he’d win more in Houston or L.A. or Chicago, but who would care when he’s done?

Not as many.

Winning championships is terrific. Chasing them is unseemly. 

Want legacy?

Be the man in the same place for a long time, prevail and suffer, rise and fall.

Those guys are the greatest. 

The talking heads, forever in the moment and nowhere else, don’t have a vote. Or, at least, one that matters.

Clay Horning

Follow me @clayhorning

cfhorning@normantranscript.com

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