Legendary Fan Heckles Rob Manfred At World Series After Crowdsourcing Insults Online (Video)

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Being the commissioner of a professional sports league is one of the most unenviable jobs out there. Sure, you might get paid millions of dollars a year, but you’re also setting yourself up for endless amounts of hate and signing up for a life where there’s a very good chance at least one person is going to chirp you whenever you appear in public.

Roger Goodell has expertly leaned into his role as the villain and Gary Bettman had some fun at his own expense when he joked about his reputation while being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2018.

Commissioners can also take some solace in knowing a good chunk of the boos they’re routinely showered with come from fans who are really just voicing that form of displeasure on principle—although it’s hard to argue that’s the case when it comes to Rob Manfred.

Manfred has served as the commissioner of Major League Baseball since replacing Bud Selig in 2015, and over the past seven years, he’s firmly cemented his status as the most reviled head of any of North America’s Big Four leagues (which is certainly no small feat).

In addition to catching plenty of heat for how he handled the Astros sign-stealing scandal (which included a wild statement where he reduced the World Series trophy to “a piece of metal”), he was rightfully ripped for his tone-deaf behavior during labor negotiation with the MLBPA earlier this year and his total disregard for decades of tradition at the All-Star Game.

As a result, he’s made way more enemies than friends—and a fan who got the chance to heckle him on the World Series certainly falls in the first camp.

An MLB fan filmed himself heckling Rob Manfred after turning to the internet to pick the perfect insult

During Game 5 of the World Series between the Phillies in Astros on Thursday night, a fan who said he was sitting in a luxury box next to Manfred at Minute Maid Park hopped on Reddit and promised to scream whatever comment received the most upvotes at the commish.

The winner came from a user who suggested “YOU’LL GET THE YOUTH BY ENDING BLACKOUTS, DUMBASS” (a reference to the decline in baseball’s popularity among a younger audience that can’t easily view games due to media rights deals that are the polar opposite of “fan-friendly”).

It’s safe to say OP delivered.

Well played.

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Connor Toole is the Deputy Editor at BroBible. He is a New England native who went to Boston College and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Frequently described as "freakishly tall," he once used his 6'10" frame to sneak in the NBA Draft and convince people he was a member of the Utah Jazz.