Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Well, that game sucked. Many photos to come, but really the highlight of the evening was the extremely drunk/irate guy in the right field box section behind us who decided that he hated Rays relief pitcher JP Howell.
This particular bit of right field box, if you're not familiar with the area, happens to have a good view down into the Rays bullpen, and it was not too unreasonable to expect that the Rays could hear a particularly strident crowd member from that section. In fact the very first time this guy stood up and screamed, Hey Howell!11!, Howell made the mistake of actually looking in his general direction. Regardless of the truth of the matter, the drunk guy was then dead convinced that JP Howell could hear his heckling, and so proceeded with due gusto.
Things this dude yelled at JP Howell over the course of the game:
"Hey! It's six-tee three dahgrees! Hey, nice gloves, ya pansy. It ain't 32 dahgrees out!" [Howell was wearing a sweatshirt and batting gloves while stretching in the bullpen.]
"Hey, ya big fairy! It don't matter, 'cause at the end'a the day you go home and yer still a fairy!"
"Yer sister sez hi!"
"Keep wavin' those arms, Howell! You just keep on doin' that!" [Howell was doing that windmill-arm stretching thing.]
"Must be hahd to stay warm, sittin' on that bench!"
"JP! You suck! You suck! Yer terrible!"
"I don't care what the score is! Yer still a bum!"
"Yer a custodian! Jan-ih-terrrrr!"
And a number of other things in a similar vein that I did not note down around the edges of my scorecard.
The best part is the fact that this guy didn't heckle ANY other Rays. Not the right fielder, who could certainly hear deranged drunken rants from the section if the bullpen could. Not any of the other relievers, including guys who warmed up in the 'pen and actually got into the game (something Howell did not do). JP Howell and JP Howell alone was the target of this determined fan's ire. You just have to admire that level of dedication, detail-orientation, and insanity.
Labels: baseball, Devil Rays, in attendance, JP Howell, MLB, surly Red Sox fan