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TOYS AND GAMES: Following Greatness, Ichiro, and More Bacon

Trevor Noah has succeeded Jon Stewart as the host of The Daily Show. How he fares remains to be seen and brings to mind how difficult it is to be the one to follow greatness.

Johnny_Carson_Tonight_Show_1965 “Johnny Carson Tonight Show 1965” by NBC Television

Ray Perkins followed Bear Bryant at Alabama — didn’t work so well. Sherman T. Potter (Harry Morgan) replaced Henry Blake (McLean Stevenson) on M*A*S*H. I didn’t think that one worked out so well either. Obviously, there are countless examples, prompting the question: Who has done well in replacing success?

The top one I could come up with was Jack Paar’s replacement on The Tonight Show. Johnny Carson did just fine.

Seeing Ichiro Suzuki playing for the Marlins last week told me that his Hall of Fame career has reached the dying end of the candle. To think he had 10 consecutive seasons of 200-plus hits while playing for Seattle, including 262 in 2004. Wow!

Lou Piniella served as the Mariners manager for several of those seasons. I once asked him how he communicated with the Japanese star. He told me they spoke in Spanish. Imagine walking into a clubhouse to see Piniella and Ichiro speaking Spanish.

After my recent blog touting the merits of bacon, a friend sent me this message: “Bacon is healthier than crystal meth.”

He’s got a point.

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