George Brett, legendary former Kansas City Royals third baseman, recently had a confrontation with a fan over an autograph.
A tip of the hat to SportsGrid's Jack O'Donnell for spotting this video.
As with the more entertaining videos of Brett on the Internet, this one is includes plenty of NSFW language, so you have been warned:
Now it's hard to really hear the exchange, but O'Donnell helps us out with a transcription:
Brett: This is the last time. If I ever see you [expletive] again I’ll [expletive] shoot your [expletive][expletive]. You understand? It’s the last [expletive] time. Ever.
Autograph seeker: What an [expletive].
And there you have a day in the life of a former MLB star. Keep taking those hacks off a tee, kids, and keep on dreaming.
Now before you chastise a man who dominated the sport as well as he dominates the English language, we have to give you the full story.
First, notice that Brett still signs something before giving it to the admonished man, who recorded the incident with his smartphone.
It's also worth noting that the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas City recently saw fit to award Brett with the 2013 Outstanding Kansas Citian award, and that is why he was at Kansas City International Airport where this video was taken.
KCTV5 in Kansas City has a full report and identifies the man as Brandon Farrens, who readily admits to asking the former third baseman for his autograph about 35 times over the years, succeeding about 15 times.
Farrens is a self-described collector and admits he has sold Brett's autograph before. Per the KCTV5 report:
KCTV5 attempted to speak with Brett Wednesday night. Toby Cook, spokesman for the Royals, said Brett regrets using a poor choice of words and the tone of the encounter. He said Brett was tired from his flight.
However, Cook said Brett does not regret the message. Brett claims that the autograph hound has gotten numerous autographs from the Royals great, which the fan has then sold, and Brett is tired of the man's relentless demands and behavior. Brett just wants the man to leave him alone.
Farrens has a point that Brett could have merely asked him to kindly step away or reply with a "no" when asked for another signature.
If anyone knows how profanity-happy Brett can get, it would be someone who has collected his signature 15 times. Any Royals fan understands the man dishes f-bombs like he takes his pine tar.
After being inundated with requests from a grown man who admits to profiting from previous exchanges, Brett still signed whatever paraphernalia was offered.
Now, we aren't in the business of handing out advice, but we would recommend Farrens savor that signature, because it will probably be his last one from Brett.
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