If you're going to heckle, then learn to do it right
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Regina BrettPlain Dealer Columnist
Jeffrey Swiecicki could use some help.
He's the fan who made a federal case after being kicked out of a Tribe game in 2001 for taunting then-Indians outfielder Russell Branyan.
On Friday, a federal appeals court ruled that Indians fans have a right to heckle ballplayers as long as the fans are not drunk or too rowdy.
Five years ago, a cop working security thought it was profane when Swiecicki yelled, "Branyan, you have a fat ass!" and "Branyan, you suck!"
I've not taken a good hard look at Mr. Branyan's derriere, so I don't know if I concur. But calling someone "fat ass" and yelling "you suck" is lame.
Swiecicki considers himself a Tribe fan. I've seen better fans at Home Depot.
If Branyan did in fact look like he hijacked a Twinkie truck, Swiecicki had better options to yell, such as these:
Who dressed the keg?
Only one man to a uniform!
You better feed your butt - it's eating your pants!