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How To Handle A Heckler...
I've never been one to heckle, it's just not in my blood.  In fact, I get massively embarrassed just being around hecklers.
This past weekend, I went to a Seattle Mariners baseball game (They played the Texas Rangers...and lost).  Yes, they might not have the best record, but the games are still a blast and I try to make at least 4-5 games a year.
Someone on the executive team for the Mariners thought it would be a brilliant idea to place the away team's bullpen in the beer garden.  This, of course, breed for the worst and meanest hecklers.
I heard it all.  Heckles about how a guy's 90-year-old grandma could throw better than him.  And how the tennis balls on his walker moved faster than that baseball (yes, several were about being elderly and these of course were the mild heckles). One person even heckled about a guy's, er, promiscuity.
All of the pitchers warming up handled these hecklers in a stoic fashion, never letting on that the home crowd was getting to them.  One pitcher, Darren Oliver, truly took advantage of the situation.
What's that age-old idiom? Oh, yes.  Kill them with kindness.
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