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'X-Zip-It A': A closer look at Jose Guillen's response to heckler

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Earlier this week, we brought you the story of how Kansas City Royals outfielder Jose Guillen(notes) made a few gestures toward the dugout after hitting a three-run homer in a 7-6 win over the White Sox on Wednesday. We weren't quite sure what Guillen did or yelled and the Royal himself didn't care to elaborate what caused his reaction as he headed toward home plate.

"Somebody was bugging me a little bit, told him to shush his mouth," was all Guillen said in his postgame press conference.

Luckily for us, there was a loyal Stewie named David Jensenn sitting behind the dugout with a nice camera at Kauffman Stadium that night. And when Guillen rounded third and started pointing at the stands — to the heckling fan sitting in front of him, Jensen says — he started shooting away. The finished result was the great point-of-view sequence that you see above.

As Jensen details in his account below, Guillen was simply telling the fan to 'zip it.'

But why? What had the fan said to deserve such a personalized instruction?

"Scott Podsednik, Jason Kendall(notes), and Billy Butler(notes) all singled to start the seventh inning. The fan — who had a shaved head but was wearing this ridiculous wig because it was '80s night — started yelling at Guillen to 'hit a single.' He repeatedly yelled 'Guillen! Hit a single!'

"Everyone was laughing because he was saying it so much. During the at-bat, Guillen broke his bat. When Guillen was handed his new piece of lumber, the fan yelled 'Guillen! That one better have a single in it! Hit a single!'

"Guillen, of course, goes on to hit a three-run homer and halfway between third and home, he points at the fan in front of me and does the 'zip-it' gesture.

"Classic Guillen."

Indeed, that's pretty funny (and ultimately harmless) stuff ... though it does make it seem like getting in Guillen's head is about as easy as getting a seat near the dugout for a Royals game. Still, being asked for a single and then delivering a home run instead gave Guillen license to go all Dr. Evil over Zippy Longstocking there in the stands.

A huge BLS head nod to David Jensenn for sending those shots along. You can see the unedited and uncropped versions on his Flickr photostream starting here.

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