Ever wonder what baseball players do during a rain delay? If they're anything like Brandon Phillips, they come up with ways to turn themselves into fodder for viral social media posts.
The Reds visited PNC Park in Pittsburgh Thursday afternoon to take on the Pirates in the closing game of a three-game series.
One fan was reportedly heckling Reds first baseman Joey Votto all game. But he decided to turn his attention to the Reds' second baseman late in the game as the rain continued to fall and his beer cup started to run dry.
A man who identifies himself as the brother of the heckler posted about the encounter on Reddit.
"Rain delay in the 7th inning, but afterwards, he got started on Brandon Phillips. Yelling 'Hey everybody, look how slow Phillips is!'. My brother said the stadium was almost empty at this point, so his heckles rang loud and clear. According to him, Phillips even looked over and chuckled at one point."
One Reds fan ("Hillbilly_Delux") responded to the Reddit post saying, "I heard him clearly during the television broadcast. I was thinking, 'Wow that is a tremendously [drunk] Pirates fan!'"
Being his typical affable self, Phillips concocted a plan to have some fun with the Bucs fan. What else was he going to do -- eat some Cracker Jacks?
Phillips sprinted over to the fans with a ball that had a personalized message penned on it. It read:
"Dear Drunk Guy, Thank You 4 All The Love & Support!! Now Take This Ball And Shut The [expletive] Up!! :)
From Yours Truly,
He also made sure to add his jersey number, No. 4, and his pseudonym, "DatDudeBP," which doubles as the former All Stars' Twitter handle.
Ever the ham and always a fan favorite, Phillips even took the time to snap a photo with the tipsy Pittsburgh fan and his brother, who was documenting the entire interaction on social media.
"We're Pirates fans, but I'll be rooting for the Reds as long as is doesn't mess with Pittsburgh's chances at a pennant," he posted on Reddit.
He continued the pro-Phillips campaign on Twitter.
As for Votto? Let's just say there are probably still a few hard feelings.