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Maddon has parting gift for heckling fan




Photo from the Washington Post.


Rays manager Joe Maddon had a parting gift Thursday for a heckling fan at Nationals Park: a personalized pine-tar smudged ball.

Maddon was being heckled extensively by the fan, who the Washington Post identified as Robin Ficker, who is well known in the D.C. area as a master heckler, and who used to be a regular behind the bench at NBA games.

Thursday, Ficker was on Maddon about the pine tar issue, so Maddon decided to answer back with a gift.

"He was getting on me about pine tar in general,'' Maddon said. "So I put a dab of pine tar on a ball and I wrote on it, Stick up for those you care (about).''

Ficker told the Post, "You have to love the fact that he’s sensitive, but he has a good sense of humor.''


[Last modified: Sunday, July 22, 2012 12:39am]


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