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Spectator Helps Yankees Locate Pitches, Gets Ejected

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Everyone’s a critic nowadays. They think they’re better than you and can go around judging everything you do. Well, I’m sick and tired of those people. Especially you, Deborah. Maybe instead of yelling at me for not sorting through my recyclables, you should worry about your husband’s cocaine habit.

Then there are some people who just want to lend a helping hand. They just want to give advice and watch you succeed. One of these pure souls decided to take in a game at Yankee Stadium. Sadly, things didn’t go that well for him.

From Yahoo Sports:

The New York Yankees were facing the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium, and the Yanks had a 4-1 lead in the eighth inning. Gary Sanchez was batting with runners on first and third and two outs, and he was battling with Rays pitcher Austin Pruitt… Apparently there was a fan about 15 rows behind home plate who started yelling the pitch locations to Sanchez while he was batting. He only did it for a few pitches before Bellino decided to stop it. He pointed out the fan to security, and they escorted him from the game.

This dude was just trying to help out and this is what happens. The Yankees are still behind in the divisional race and he was trying to help them win that AL East Championship and this is how the Yankees decide to repay him, with an ejection? This dude was literally the anti Steve Bartman, and you didn’t even eject him! Well, you know what they say: Nice guys finish last.

Apparently the guy was good at what he does, though.

The fan had been yelling “outside” in Spanish to try and help Sanchez, and Rays catcher Wilson Ramos said that the fan was accurate.

Bilingual and he has the seal of approval from a baseball player. That’s two impressive skills to add to your LinkedIn profile. If any teams are looking for an extra member for their coaching staff, I got your guy right here.

Players and coaches on the field apparently heard him screaming, as well.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi told ESPN that he was able to hear what was going on, even from the dugout.

Hey, coaches in all sports, not just baseball. Maybe if you hear a fan yelling at you, listen. Between the unintelligible insults might be some valuable coaching insight and you might win a few more games, at least that’s what I like to think. It’s like the old saying goes, if you want to get something right you got to do it yourself.

This man should not be forgotten, though, for he represents all of us. How many times have we gotten mad at our sports teams and said “yeah I could do a better job of coaching this team!” Well this guy took all that domestic beer induced rage and actually put his money where his mouth is and tried. He thought he could do a better job at coaching and he gave it the ol’ college try, which is more than we can say for anyone of us.

My TV has probably seen more intelligent sports commentary than SportsCenter, although I probably scream it ten times as loud. I’ll probably just stick to screaming obscenities and insults about the player’s mother. Hey, for all I know your mother could be a very nice lady, but if you’re missing potentially game winning free throws, don’t expect me to compliment her.

This exiled fan is our new national folk hero. He represents all the armchair GM and drunk play callers we all are. It’s just a matter of time before I go to a Giants game and follow his game plan. God knows I’m a better play caller for that 0-3 team then Ben McAdoo and his porn stache. Hey, I might even take it to the next step and storm the field and steal his headset and play sheet myself.

image via Chanan Greenblatt on Unsplash

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ItalianStallion

Previously known for being the 4th best improv comedian in the state of New Jersey, he enjoyed a brief career in politics by serving on his fraternity's eboard until a scandal not as bad as the Lewinsky scandal, but more memorable than Whitewater lead to his resignation. Now, he spends his time making God awful jokes in chapter meetings, rooting for a shitty New Jersey hockey team, and serving on the congressional committee set to determine whether Oprah Winfrey should be classified as a cult or a religion.

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