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The Happy Heckler Paperback – July 12, 2005
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What a piece of trash. I immediately regretted my purchase after I finished the last page. Oh well, the good news is that last time I was at the Trop I didn't hear this loudmouth and he's no longer audible on television either. It's too bad this terrible book will never disappear like he has.
Now, what do I have to say about the book. I think the author achieved his goals of 1) showing that heckling can be fun and that 2) it can be a positive way of being an active fan for your team. According to the web-site (...), heckling has been around for over a century and has been used at several sports. My critism of the book would be that an editor would have helped to deal with the repeatitive statements in the book and would have clarified the statement "he takes me yard". Otherwise it really was an enjoyable book.
Rob Szasz's book on heckling is, surprisingly, one of only two books I know of on the subject. The "Tampa Bay heckler" has written a book about his experiences in good-natured heckling of opponents of his team, the Devil Rays (who need all the help they can get).
Ron is always tasteful in his heckling (and in the book), avoiding off color language and steering clear of anything personal that would be hurtful to the players he targets. Anyone who has watched a Tropicana game on TV (or been there) has heard Rob Szasz. He makes the point that he most enjoys the players who get a chuckle out of his heckling. The ones who can't take a joke aren't really very good targets, anyhow.
The whole thing is in fun, and so is the book. I wish we had more fans like Rob Szasz.
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Good book. It was a great gift for a Rays fan. They're winning. It's hard to go to games with kids when there are a lot of people just yelling for the heck of it. Read morePublished on September 27, 2008 by T. Feger
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