Hecklers get warmed up
Cary Strukel, 39, otherwise known as "The Cowbell Kid," starts every Rays' game the same way: jeering the opposing team.
"What is this synchronized swimming?" he yelled at the Red Sox as they warmed up for tonight's game.
Hecklers say their jeers are all in good fun, and for some Rays fans, it's the highlight of the game. Middle-aged men line up behind the dugout of the opposing team and call out the nastiest things they can think of. They compete to out-diss the competition and a good jeer earns an appreciate round of cowbell clanging and whistling from other Rays fans.
"Uuuuuuuuuuuuuselessssssssss," yelled David Stenger, 31, of Spring Hill at Red Sox Kevin Youkillis this afternoon.
"Hey, big poopie," Strukel yelled at Big Papi David Ortiz. "Looks like you can get a free donut tomorrow, big poopie."
So what's the point of this?
"It's to get under their skin, it makes them huff and puff," said Dan Collins, 38, of Spring Hill. "Either they play better or they play worse. Either way, it's fun."
-Cristina Silva, Times Staff Writer