Baseball Is NOT the Greatest Sport of All-Time (Part 2)

Today features part two of a series on baseball written by Sir Thomas Mark Zuniga (TMZ). Be sure to check out part one here, and also TMZ’s site here.

I recently guest-posted at The GBOAT, proclaiming baseball as the greatest sport of all-time.

Absurd. What was in my chewing tobacco that day?

I only cried twice as a kid, and both times involved baseball. In my last post I explained this statement was actually false, but once again I’ll lie for dramatization purposes. Like Manny Ramirez and an outfield door at Fenway.

By 8 years old, I’d asserted there was simply nothing better than baseball. Remember how God said “it is good” after creating dolphins and puppies, and then “it is very good” after creating man? Pretty sure He also employed the “very” after creating baseball on the third day—the same day He created perfectly patterned outfield grass.


I was that hopelessly hopeful kid who brought his OFFICIALLY AUTOGRAPHED Ken Griffey Jr. mitt to Phillies games. That mitt would have ultimately proved useless if a foul ever did fly my way, considering my first game of catch resulted in a devastating blow to the head.

But I wouldn’t let that semi-unconscious episode spoil my childhood love for baseball. Every afternoon I’d throw a baseball against my backyard’s rubbery tree trunk and field grounders. Would lick my hand with every pitch. Would throw baseballs high into the sky and catch them, pretending I was all nine Phillies on the phield, warring against divisional foes like the dreaded Montreal Expos.

What IS this??? One of those rocket popsicles?

I also played countless baseball games on the computer and celebrated to nobody’s amusement when I once pitched a virtual no-hitter against the Athletics. Even made my dad sit through my next Triple Play ’97 outing in case I was talented enough to do it again. I wasn’t.

My poor, dear dad.

Video game and backyard experience combined, I must have been ready to actually play baseball. You know, like, with other human beings—not tree trunks or faceless cartoons. I hardly remember the moments leading up to this event, but suddenly I was in the car with my dad, driving to little league sign-ups.

And when we got to the park, I cried. I didn’t want this. I loved baseball, but not like this. The thought of playing little league was horrifying. My dad talked with me on the bleachers as other baseball-loving kids and their dads signed up in the nearby clubhouse.

I just wasn’t ready. So my dad took me home.

I would never play a day of baseball in my life. And I soon learned that baseball wasn’t the greatest sport of all-time.

I joined the cross-country team in high school and still run all these years later, currently training for my first half-marathon just like my hero, Rob Shepherd.

Rob Shepherd

Along with a masochistic love for physical/mental endurance, I adore running for the powerful moments of creative inspiration. Running and writing have long operated as a battery more cohesive than Pettitte-Posada or Energizer bunny-drum.

Oh, I still love baseball. Still passionately pull for my Phillies, even when they win 102 games and lose in the first round of the playoffs.

But baseball isn’t everything anymore. I like to believe that God let me cry on those little league bleachers so that I would ultimately discover running: the greatest sport of all-time.

I also like to believe the Cubs represent God’s greatest practical joke.

Agree that baseball isn’t the greatest sport of all-time? What is? And don’t you dare say running isn’t a sport.

About The Joseph Craven

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17 responses to “Baseball Is NOT the Greatest Sport of All-Time (Part 2)”

  1. Adrian W. says :

    My father-in-law and I call the NFL’s off-season, after the draft and free agency, but before pre-season, “The Dark Ages,” because the only sport to watch is the MLB. =)

  2. hopefulleigh says :

    As a White Sox fan, I appreciate that Cubs zinger.

  3. robshep says :

    Wow! Thanks for the shout. I gaurantee that you will whine a lot less than I do. oh and the greatest sport of all time is basketball.

    • The Joseph Craven says :

      I blame my hatred of running on my bad knees, but really it’s just because I hate it.

      Also, it’s really hard for me sometimes being a huge basketball fan in the land of SEC football.

  4. MLYaksh says :

    Agree 100% about the Cubs. I would make more jokes about them but no one else in Athens cares. It’s kinda sad…

    • The Joseph Craven says :

      Same for me and the NBA. I want badly to crack jokes, but everybody in Mississippi thinks professional players are all just spoiled brats who don’t play defense and blah blah blah.

  5. Stephen Haggerty says :

    Running is definitely awesome, but not the best sport. I’m going with basketball.
    Also, Rob looks different in this pic, but I like his new look. Great stache, Shep.

    • The Joseph Craven says :

      I agree. Don’t understand why he hasn’t been rocking the Prefontaine ‘stache until no-oh wait a second.

    • TMZ says :

      Pretty sure I’ve only witnessed one basketball game from beginning to end. I especially can’t stand those remaining moments that take an hour to play out because of all the time-outs and free throws.

  6. Chad Gibbs says :

    Running is a verb. Add a helmet, shoulder pads, and an orange and blue jersey, and it’s the greatest sport. Add a soccer ball, and it’s the second greatest sport. Add some bulls, and you are in Spain.

  7. Ricky Anderson says :

    There better be a part 3 where you retract all this, TMZ…or I’ll come help you practice running!

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