Johnny Marr Calls Baseball ‘Overrated’ Unless Weed Is Involved

Who knew America's pastime just needed more green?

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Baseball used to be an American pastime. Now, younger generations have flocked to more captivating and stimulating sports, like basketball and football. But if baseball wants to recapture the youth’s attention, maybe they should listen to Johnny Marr, former lead guitarist for The Smiths.

Don’t get it confused. Marr called baseball “totally overrated” during a recent interview for Pitchfork’s Over/Under series. But Marr shared a story about the one time he found baseball “fascinating.”

Yes, cannabis was involved.

“One time I sat on the couch with someone—who was a big fan—and got stoned and he explained it to me. It was fascinating,” Marr explained. “But I’m sure probably only five minutes went by and it seemed like hours, frankly. It was an interesting five minutes. Probably had something to do with the weed.”

There you have it. Want to make people watch baseball again? Include cannabis. Marr also touched on robot brothels, jazz, and his former bandmate Morrissey.

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