07/29/2011 11:57 am ET Updated Sep 28, 2011

Out To The Ballgame: A Cultural Tour Of Baseball For The Non-Fan

"How long have you guys been sitting down here," the drunken heckler asked me and my buddy Stephen, around the seventh inning of a Mobile BayBears game at Hank Aaron Stadium. "All game," I replied.

"So have I said any curse words?" he asked, knowing that he hadn't, his point being that if some fans didn't like his good-natured heckling, they could sit somewhere else--and lighten up. This was minor league baseball, he insisted, and it's all about having a good time. On that point, I agreed.