Bahn: Let's Hope One Baum Stadium Overreaction Doesn't Lead to Another

by Chris Bahn  on Monday, Apr. 18, 2011 10:00 am  

Mississippi State left fielder Brent Brownlee gives an obscene gesture to the crowd at Razorback Stadium following Sunday's game. Brownlee was suspended for his gesture. (Photo by Twitter, @espn963)

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

Mississippi State leftfielder Brent Brownlee left a few of Arkansas fans a memorable parting shot on Sunday after recording the final out in the Bulldogs’ victory. Brownlee didn’t flip the ball into the crowd, instead he actually flipped off the crowd on his way to the dugout.

MSU Bird-Dogs, eh?

Brownlee was apparently reacting to heckling that he endured from Razorback fans in a series loss to Arkansas. TV cameras caught what appeared to be a smiling Brownlee delivering the gesture, which prompted reaction from Arkansas faithful on Twitter. (Here's the uncensored picture.)

Word reached Bird Dogs, er, Bulldogs coach John Cohen, who released a series of statements on Twitter. Brownlee predictably has been suspended and he eventually offered an apology.

“Brent Browlee will be suspended for his actions after today’s game,” Cohen said. “… Brent is a model student-athlete who had a ‘knee jerk’ reaction to an unsettling situation. No amount of verbal abuse or threats of physical violence from fans justifies Brent’s reaction.”

Hopefully Brownlee’s “knee-jerk” reaction doesn’t lead to another. This incident feels like the sort that could prompt a review of policies for fans enjoying the privilege of watching a game beyond the outfield walls.

And that would be an absolute shame.

Hanging out in Baum Stadium’s Hog Pen is one of the uniquely Fayetteville ways to spend a spring night in Northwest Arkansas. It doesn’t get a lot better for fans than spending time in the Hog Pen, an area that can, at times, feel like Hog Heaven.

Grills and picnic tables are available. Coolers fully stocked with beer might not be encouraged, but they sure aren’t frowned upon. It can make for a relaxed and fun atmosphere, the sort that helped make possible a stadium record crowd of 11,103 two weeks ago.

A limited number of fixed seats and limited rules, make it the perfect atmosphere for a nine-inning party. Sometimes the fun includes taunting opposing outfielders.

No harm, no foul, right?

Usually.

 

 

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