Baseball: “Most Overrated Sport?” Them's Fightin' Words!

Ron KaplanContributor IJuly 8, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 07:  A caution sign on the railing in section 235 before a game between the Cleveland Indians and the Texas Rangers on July 7, 2010 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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As I’ve stated in the past, I’m not a big fan of books that employ superlatives like "best" and  "greatest."

Add to that "Most," as in Overrated: The 50 Most Overhyped Things in History , by Mark Juddery, who judges baseball as "the most overrated sport."

Of course, he also considers Star Trek the most overrated TV show and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (The Beatles) to be the most overrated rock album. "Whether or not it’s the greatest rock album, it’s certainly one of the most pretentious," he says in this USA Today article .

Look, everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, but this guy ain’t even ‘Merican, dammit, he’s Australian! And he’s calling our national pastime overrated?

Books such as Juddery’s are actually a lot of fun (see Stuff White People Like —whatever happened to that by the way?). For more on his overrated thinking, visit his blog .

Unfortunately, there’s no entry explaining his baseball decision there, but I’ll see if I can get him to share it here for Bookshelf fans.