Reds' Brandon Phillips gives message to heckler on signed ball

By Michelle Kapusta,

Cincinnati Reds’ Brandon Phillips was a good sport on Thursday after getting heckled by a fan in an opponent’s ballpark.

According to the Bleacher Report, during the game against the Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park, the Bucs fan was reportedly heckling Joey Votto most of the night. After a 7th inning rain delay though, he turned his attention to Brandon Phillips and got a response.

The story, as told by the heckler’s brother on Reddit, said that his sibling was drunk and yelling things like "Votto has feminine hips!" Like most players, Votto either didn’t hear or just didn’t give the heckler the time of day. Once he started on Phillips that was a different story.

The fan yelled "Hey everybody, look how slow Phillips is!"

The second baseman did hear the heckling and after the game gave the fan a souvenir baseball with a message on it. The signed ball read:

"Dear Drunk Guy, Thank You 4 All The Love & Support!! Now Take This Ball And Shut The Phuck Up!! :)" The other side was signed, “Yours Truly, Brandon Phillips 4 'Dat Dude."

Here's the selfie that Phillips was cool enough to take with his heckler.

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