Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Baseball Players Like To Be Heckled

TAMPA BAY, Fla. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Believe or not, baseball players enjoy being heckled – as long as you keep it clean.

That’s the pitch according to Robert Szasz, a Tampa Bay Devil Rays season ticket holder who’s been dubbed “The Happy Heckler” because he always has a smile on his face when he razzes opposing players.

Szasz says fans talking smack to players is “positive” for the game because “players love interacting with the fans.” He suggests picking out only one player a game to lob insults at and being “statistically correct” when pointing out to the player how bad they are.

Conversely, he discourages cursing, yo-mama jokes, or “anything that would be inappropriate for a kid to hear.”

He says his lip-flapping – yet PG – technique has helped him become buddies with players such as Miguel Tejada, Johnny Damon and Derek Jeter.

Szasz is the author of a new book, The Happy Heckler (BookSurge), which gives tips on how to heckle the right way and includes Szasz’s tales of teasing and razzing baseball’s best players.

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