How Long is a Legacy?

Steve Gilbert is the beat writer covering the Arizona Diamondbacks for MLB.com. I highly respect his work and always try to read any new stories he may have about the team. Today’s rendition was entitled D-backs ready to begin new legacy. It made me stop and think what length of time constitutes a legacy. The Diamondbacks have fielded a team for a decade. Is that long enough to create a legacy? I went to Google and began to research whether legacy equated to a specific time. This took much longer than I anticipated as I traveled from site to site and got involved in the journey rather than the result. For example, the number one return site for legacy is legacy.com which appears to be an online obituary service. I made a note to bookmark that site. As soon as the Colorado Rockies are eliminated from contention which should be around the first of May I’ll return and write their obituary. That should be good for a few laughs.


This was obviously not getting me anywhere so I turned to dictionary.com to see if maybe there was a description of legacy that would give me an idea of how long it is. There are seven definitions for legacy. The first five are from the unabridged dictionary and consist of

  1. Law. a gift of property, esp. personal property, as money, by will; a bequest.
  2. anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor: the legacy of ancient Rome.
  3. an applicant to or student at a school that was attended by his or her parent.
  4. Obsolete. the office, function, or commission of a legate.
  5. of or pertaining to old or outdated computer hardware, software, or data that, while still functional, does not work well with up-to-date systems.

The last two definitions come from the American Heritage dictionary and are listed as

  1. Money or property bequeathed to another by will.
  2. Something handed down from an ancestor or a predecessor or from the past.

Given these definitions the only logical choice seemed to be definition number 2 from American heritage. It may be a stretch to think that the franchise is old enough to be handed down from an ancestor to another but now that we have a decade of history we may start seeing team allegiances that cross generational boundaries.


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