Professional athletes do their best to tune out hecklers, but sometimes it can be fun to respond. This season, MLB players have gotten back at the hecklers with creative messages on baseballs.
Earlier this season, we saw Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips toss a heckler a ball with a message on it. Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel must've taken notes.
With the Astros playing in Oakland this week, one heckler apparently did enough to warrant a response. Keuchel—who didn't even pitch in the game—gave the heckler a ball, thanking him for paying his salary.
Keuchel's interaction with the fan was perfect. The pitcher was able to have some fun with the heckler but didn't cross any lines while doing it. Now it just makes for a hilarious story.