It’s quotes like this one, today’s lead sentence from Tom Verducci’s Inside Baseball:
One year after Game of Shadows, one of the most important books of our time…
Well, no, it’s not “one of the most important books of our time,” but in the world of sports, it is. And in the world of sports, nothing matters except sports.
If you hate sports, that’s one more reason to hate everything about sports: the inflated sense of self-importance that takes for granted that hitting a ball with a stick and/or catching said ball with a glove is worth millions of dollars per year.
If you love sports, it’s one more reason to love them: the real problems of the world can be laid aside for a few moments so that we can argue about who’s best at hitting that ball with a stick and/or catching said ball with a glove.