The Game: Issue #11

Ever hear something horrible and/or hilarious at a game? Send your submissions to OverheardSP at gmail. Or submit for future editions about the gym.

I was at a minor league game a few years ago and the beer guy came through our sparsely populated section. A lady a few rows ahead of us ordered some beers for her friends, starting drinking them and then tried to stiff the vendor, saying she didn't have enough money to pay what she owed. He was cool about it at first, telling her she could go to an ATM and pay him later, but she refused and then started getting verbally abusive with him. "Get a real job, you f—king loser," is one of the things I remember she said.

So eventually the vendor gives up and for the rest of the night when he came through our section he would say "Cold beer! Cold beer here!" Except when he got near that lady's row, he'd switch to "Cold bitch! Cold bitch here!" I hope he didn't get fired because it was hilarious.

– Jay

I was at a Braves vs. Reds game at Turner Field where I sat behind the center field wall. There was bunch of drunk guys a couple rows back heckling Reds centerfielder Drew Stubbs. They would yell, "Hey Stubbs, you suck! You're the worst centerfielder in all of baseball!" and other things that generally ruined the experience.

Finally, after one stood up and said: "Hey Drew Stubbs, could you do us all a favor and go back to Triple-A?", a little blonde girl stood up behind me, and she was no more than 6 or 7 years old. She turned to the drunk guy and says: "Hey Mister, could you do us all a favor and please be quiet?" The guys did as they were asked. Greatest. Thing. Ever.

– Bob

My company owns a row of seats at the St. Pete Times Forum, home of the Tampa Bay Lightning. I was able to go to a game last year against Atlanta, and about midway through the first, a coworker of mine showed up with her parents. She wasn't very knowledgeable when it came to hockey, but held her own when we chatted about football and baseball.

The game was tied late in the third when she excitedly turned to me and asked "Are they going to have a puck-off?" At first, I had no idea what she meant, but I answered that they would go to overtime if still tied. She replied "But after the overtime, they would have a puck-off, right?"

I guess in her world, a puck-off is what the rest of the world calls a shootout.

– Kyle

A neighbor gave me tickets to a White Sox game last year. The seats were right behind the White Sox dugout. Being able to overhear Ozzie Guillen for an entire game was one of the greatest experiences of my life.

– Sharon