Thursday, April 7, 2005

Baseball Players Don’t Like Being Heckled

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Professional baseball players have been heckled since the game was first invented, but that doesn’t mean they’ve gotten used to it.

That’s according to David Kloser, author of Stepping Up to the Plate, a collection of quotes and stories from 140 Major League ballplayers.

Kloser says most players take being teased very well, but it still agitates others.

For instance, Sean Casey from the Cincinnati Reds told him, “There are times when people get on you, you’re thinking, ‘That’s mean.’...We don’t go to somebody’s office and sit over them and say, ‘You’re not typing right.’”

Meanwhile, Arizona Diamondback Craig Counsell told Kloser, “Nobody likes to be called names. We are no different than a Little Leaguer.”

Still, most players take the name-calling in stride, like the Tampa Bay Devil Rays’ Josh Phelps, who told Kloser, “Sometimes it’s kind of funny to listen to what they have to say.”

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