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Enrique Hernandez Responds to Hecklers with a Home Run

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If you’re going to heckle someone at a Major League Baseball game, well … first, don’t do that, because it’s classless and only succeeds in making you look like a jerk.

But if you choose to ignore that admonition, at the very least refrain from taunting a player on the opposing team who can dish out a king-size dose of instant karma with one swing of the bat.

Enrique Hernandez of the Los Angeles Dodgers came in to pinch-hit in the ninth inning with the Dodgers up 9-8 on the hometown Colorado Rockies and two men on base Thursday night.

A few fans behind home plate decided to needle Hernandez before he went up to bat, so while he was in the on-deck circle, they … called him short. Seriously, that’s the best they could come up with.

Sure, at 5 feet 11, Hernandez isn’t exactly Randy Johnson out there on the diamond, but he’s not exactly Jose Altuve either. (Altuve is 5 feet 6.)

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You know who else was 5 feet 11? Try Pete Rose, Roberto Clemente and Mickey Mantle, just for starters.

But it wasn’t enough for Hernandez to simply shrug off that lame attempt at a taunt from the wannabe peanut gallery in the expensive seats.

For the crime of coming up with the weakest sauce, those Rockies fans — and every other Rockies fan at Coors Field — got punished by Hernandez hitting a three-run homer.

Then, after rounding the bases, he put the cherry on the sundae, turning to the hecklers … and blowing them some kisses.

Yankees podcaster Jomboy broke it down (WARNING: Video contains vulgar language that some viewers may find offensive):

After Hernandez blew them kisses, the hecklers were suitably humbled and learned a valuable lesson about acting in a manner befitting civilized people.

Nah, I’m kidding. They soaked up the attention like everyone was there to see them.

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Meanwhile, everyone else at Coors Field, who watched a tie ballgame evaporate into a gut-punch loss, had to be gritting their teeth.

Congratulations, guys. You just made yourselves look like jerks in front of a stadium full of people.

If it’s not clear from that, the moral of the story is don’t try this at home.

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Boston born and raised, Fox has been writing about sports since 2011. He covered ESPN Friday Night Fights shows for The Boxing Tribune before shifting focus and launching Pace and Space, the home of "Smart NBA Talk for Smart NBA Fans", in 2015. He can often be found advocating for various NBA teams to pack up and move to his adopted hometown of Seattle.
Boston born and raised, Fox has been writing about sports since 2011. He covered ESPN Friday Night Fights shows for The Boxing Tribune before shifting focus and launching Pace and Space, the home of "Smart NBA Talk for Smart NBA Fans", in 2015. He can often be found advocating for various NBA teams to pack up and move to his adopted hometown of Seattle.
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Bachelor of Science in Accounting from University of Nevada-Reno
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Seattle, Washington
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