You know what’s more fun than watching baseball on television? Documentaries on the horrors of trench warfare.
This is the opinion of Washington Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon, who told Washington Post reporter Jason Butt that he’d rather watch the History channel than suffer through the marathon experience of a televised baseball game.
Butt recently interviewed Rendon for a piece about being snubbed for the National League’s All-Star Game roster. In an unexpected admission, Rendon told the reporter he never watched the All-Star game as a kid and rarely watches the sport in general.
“I don’t watch baseball,” Rendon said. “It’s too long and boring.”
While it’s ironic to hear this from a guy who makes his livelihood playing baseball, it is important to note the distinction between participating in and watching a sport.
I’ll play kickball, but I’m not going to watch yuppies sip summer shandies and boot rubber balls for three-and-a-half hours on television.
Rendon also admitted that baseball is basically off-limits in his downtime. When the 24-year-old returns home to see his family, they have an agreement that no one will bring up his job.
Clearly, there is a separation between work and home in the Rendon family, and I’ll never begrudge someone who wants to leave business at the office.
Rendon is a player, not a watcher. If he prefers to watch The Story of Us instead of a four-hour Derek Jeter retirement jambaroo, who are we to blame him?
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