When going to watch your favorite baseball team in an opposing team’s stadium, there are a couple things to keep in mind as an away fan. If you’re wearing your team’s jersey, expect to be heckled. Your reaction to the heckling determines whether you’ll have a fun time or end up with a beer spilled on you or worse. It’s generally a good idea to keep the massive drinking down to a minimum as well - if the home team’s fans are famously hostile, you’ve gotta keep your head on a swivel, just in case. Stay aware of these things and you’ll have a great time in any city, even if your team’s the enemy.
These helpful guidelines unfortunately come a day late for one Texas Rangers fan who attended last night’s A’s-Rangers game in Oakland. Being drunkenly belligerent to the home team’s fans is asking trouble in and of itself - taunting Oakland fans is always a dicey proposition. But taunting the police who show up to escort you from the premises? Yep, that’s a Tasing.
(Video after the jump.)
This video has made the rounds pretty thoroughly today, but we couldn’t not share it with you. It’s not too often you get to see fan video this clear and steady, so here we go. Thanks to SPORTSCENTR for bringing this to light:
(Original video was taken down, but we were prepared with a backup copy. Enjoy!)
OK, let’s recap the highlights:
- Man thumbing nose at cops like a naughty child (BAD IDEA, by the way)
- Man vs. Taser (TASER WINS AGAIN!)
- Man falling down stairs
- Hey look, foul ball!
Unnecessary force? Probably. But that’s not an issue for us - go check the comments of your local newspaper to gripe about the police. As far as we’re concerned, there’s nothing like a little bit of sports schadenfreude to wind down the day. Sit back, grab a beer, and thank your lucky stars that wasn’t you. L’chaim!