'Dear drunk guy' ... Reds' Phillips gives signed ball to heckler

Brandon Phillips gave a heckler a signed ball addressed "dear drunk guy," made the guy his fan.

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips loves his teammates as well as his hecklers.

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Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips put on a clinic Wednesday on how to kill hecklers with kindness and make them your biggest fans. 

The story comes from a Reddit user by the name "Placenta_Claus" (this story is fantastic already):

My brother attended the Pirates-Reds game tonight and decided to get drunk and do some heckling. He started on Joey Votto earlier in the game, yelling things like "Votto has feminine hips!" and "Looks like Votto could easily birth twins!" He said the crowd around him were chuckling the entire time.

That's pretty creative as far as heckling goes. At least it's more funny than malicious, which is the hallmark of good heckling. After rain delayed the game in the seventh inning, Placenta_Claus said his brother -- a Pirates fan -- starting razzing Phillips.

He began 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.

And Phillips didn't forget. After the game, he ran over to the guy and handed him this signed ball:

In case you can't make out the writing, it says: "Dear Drunk Guy, Thank You 4 All The Love & Support!! Now Take This Ball And Shut The Phuck Up!! :)" The other side says, "From Yours Truly, Brandon Phillips 4 'Dat Dude.'"

Here's the photo of Phillips and the fan. You should be able to decipher which Pirates fan is "drunk guy," at least the pertinent one here (next to Phillips, they guy who can't keep his eyes open).

Phillips was completely cool about the whole thing, Placenta_Claus wrote, adding, "We're Pirates fans, but I'll be rooting for the Reds as long as it doesn't mess with Pittsburgh's chances at a pennant."

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