A few weeks after Texas Ranger baseball player Frank Francisco threw a chair into a heckling crowd and a few days after Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Milton Bradley retaliated when a fan threw a bottle near him on the field, a local radio station invited listeners to call in and tell them what they would say to heckle Barry Bonds during this weekend’s Dodgers-Giants series. By the time I turned to the Presidential candidates debate, there were three references to Bonds being gay, two references to his genitalia and one caller who said he would yell, “Hey Barry, can I have your autograph? You’re the best baseball player who ever lived.”

Thank heavens, a sign of intelligence in the universe.

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