Well played, Dallas, well played.
Phillips, the Cincinnati Reds second baseman, gave a signed ball to a drunken heckler in Pittsburgh last month, telling him to “shut up.” Keuchel’s ball probably isn’t as cool as Phillips’ (there’s no signature), but it’s still a clever retort that’s turned into a cool piece of memorabilia.
The trouble with these types of keepsakes, though, is when the owner shows it off, he has to admit that he was being a butthead toward a baseball player.
Kuechel, in case you’re wondering, is making $508,000 this season, a smidge above the MLB minimum. That works out to $3,135 per game.