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.)
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):
Kiké Hernández hits a home run then blows some kisses to the guys who were heckling him, a breakdown pic.twitter.com/l65To6AVel
— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) June 28, 2019
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.
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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