You've seen them before when you watch games on TV. You've sat next to them at games and wanted to deliver a rabbit punch to the backs of their skulls. They are annoying. They are growing in numbers. They've almost become an epidemic.
They are ...
Idiot fans talking on their cell phones.
Really there are two types of categories of people that commit this fan faux pas.
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1. The guy that is on his cell phone because he's telling his friends who are at home watching TV that he's on TV. You see them usually behind home plate or behind the dugouts, frantically waving and smiling and giving the look-at-me-I'm-TV face. I hate these people. I despise these people more than Ed Hardy t-shirts and warm beer.
Nobody cares where you are sitting. Nobody cares if you are on TV. And if people really do care. Then they need to get a life.
2. The other kind of cell phone fan is the guy talking on his phone at the game and not watching the game. Apparently, his conversation is so important that he absolutely must talk during the game, in his seat, with other people around him. And of course, that fan never tries to keep his voice low and his conversation private. Never. They must talk just loud enough that it distracts you from the game. It's more annoying than somebody with a rally fries breath.
If you must have a phone conversation at a game. Then walk your self-important #@$ up to the concourse where you can annoy people who are waiting for beers or the bathroom.
But yesterday at the Mariners-Yankees game, cell-phone guy got his comeuppance thanks to my fellow Montanan Rob Johnson.
Say what you want about Johnson's batting, or his passed balls - and believe me many fans have. But this was pretty sweet. This is what you get for talking on your cell phone during a game ...