Let’s suppose some­body claimed to be the greatest baseball fan of all times. We might ask him, “What makes you the biggest fan ever? Do you know more about the game than anyone else? Have you, for instance, memorized all the stats?”

“Nope, they’re not important.”

“Do you have a favorite team?” we might ask.


“Is it in the American or National League?”

“Oh, there are leagues?” asks the supposed greatest base­ball fan of all time.

“Yeah, there are leagues,” we reply.

The more we discuss it, the more we realize this guy who claims to be the greatest baseball fan of all times doesn’t now a thing about baseball. He has done nothing that shows he’s a fan. He may indeed be a great baseball fan, but all the evidence is stacked against it.