Athletes are expected to display infinite patience and forbearance in the face of the obnoxious throngs hurling insults and epithets at them from the stands, and occasionally interfering bodily with their efforts to ply their trade.
Every day. No matter how unruly and abusive said fans become. Patience and forbearance.
Athletes mostly are up to this Herculean challenge. But every now and then, the taciturn collective facade cracks a little and a bit of human reaction leaks out.
That happened with Matt Adams Thursday when he went to catch a foul ball and got a faceful of annoying pasty jerkoff Reds fan.
This is a breakdown of my reaction to the play.
Adams looks like he has that.
Oh no that fan caught it instead.
Hey, Adams shoved the guy. The fan is entitled to the ball as long as it’s in the stands!
Well, it is a Reds fan…
Oh look at the taunting little glove wave. Screw that guy. I wish Adams had punched him.
And video shows the fan flipping Adams off shortly after the above GIF cuts off.
That fan is lucky Adams quickly regained his composure, or there could have been another Ron Artest situation.
Another victory for turning the other cheek in the face of fan stupidity. Give yourself a round of applause Matt Adams. Jesus himself would be proud.