"To make mistakes is human; to stumble is commonplace; to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity." - William Arthur Ward
"We all gotta laugh at ourselves, once in a while. I do it all the time!" Spongebob Squarepants
Furthermore, Topps has long kept the spirit of parody alive with both their Wacky Packages and Garbage Pail Kids line, which extend back decades. Wacky Packs, which typically poke fun at consumer products, were expanded to include a set of MLB parodies, the first such lambasting since Cardtoons and Confex. However, while the spirit Wackies have always been subversive and fun, this MLB sticker set was toothless and barely funny. Again, the MLBPA seems to share a certain inability to laugh at themselves, just like someone else we know...
On the other hand, there seems to be no holds barred in the GPK world, which seems to have only gotten more pointed in the age of online exclusives. Their pop culture references run wild, like with my wife's new Kimmy K mocking above, and people get a real kick out of them. I have yet to find a baseball reference in one of these babies though.
In summation, this was basically just a giant excuse to show off my Cardtoons and Confex parody cards. However, it was easy to draw some parallels between the MLBPA's stubborn refusal to see these mockeries hit the market and Donald Trump's inability to handle satire. I have to say, this quality is much more nerve-wracking and concerning to see in the leader of the free world than it is to see in a pro sports union that has no power over the direction of our country.
At any rate, let's all remember how important it is to be able to laugh at yourself - "pobody's nerfect" and all that jazz. In the meantime, I'm looking forward to this Saturday night. After all, the comedy institution is only going to hammer him harder, from this point on. Maybe we'll even get that Rosie O'Donnell appearance that the internet is clamoring for.
"Life is too short to be taken seriously." - Oscar Wilde