HOUSTON – Astros superfan, major wagerer and sales icon Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, of Gallery Furniture, is going viral Wednesday morning after video surfaced of the ad pitchman swearing into a crowd in Philadelphia.
McIngvale is shown wearing his Astros jersey and being held back as it seems people are calling out to the ad pitchman as it appears he is walking out of the stadium.
It’s not known what happened in the moments or minutes before the recording, but representatives for McIngvale shared this statement to KPRC 2 on Wednesday morning: “A Phillies fan was heckling Mack the whole game and followed him out to the concourse at the end of the game. The fan continued to shout negative comments about the Astros including they are a bunch of cheaters…Jose Altuve will never make the Hall of Fame… we should take off their jerseys to see if they are wearing buzzers. Mack had enough of the negative comments and responded to the heckler.”
The Astros lost Tuesday night’s Game 3 of the World Series, 7-0 against the Phillies.
While not directly responding to the video, McIngvale tweeted on Wednesday referencing the Bible, writing, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21.”
KPRC 2 has reached out to Gallery Furniture and McIngvale for information on what happened but has not heard back yet as of this writing.
Social media is lighting up after the outburst. Here are some of the messages that caught our eye as people see the footage.
“He’s giving it to some Phillies fan.” - Junior Munoz @juniorMunozHTX
“#Philly is ironically called the City of Brotherly Love, but I have empathy for #MattressMack, who bet $10 Million on #Houston to win #WorldSeries and he’s down 2-1. I’d probably react same way.” - Fred Pierson @fredpierson
“Philly broke the mattress guy…sad scenes.” - Wu-Tang is for the Children @WUTangKids
“Houston Astros do it for Mattress Mack! He is the definition of Bury Me in the H!” - Steven Baasen @StevenBaasen
“Philly ain’t getting that FREE Mattress!”- Brian Fields @iambrianfields
“I love the dude who says to him “What are you gonna do?” .. what, you’re gonna fight a 70+ year old man? Philly fans .. never change.” - Iain D. Wright @iain19
“I’m on team #MattressMack.” - Rusty Surette
“Build the statue.” - Apollo Dez
“Make (his comments) a shirt.” - Juicebox Hero
“Philly fans have broken Mattress Mack.” - Baseball Quotes
Mattress Mack speaks about the viral video of him yelling at Phillies fans.— Josh⚾️🏈🤘🏼 (@Josh_b_lewis92) November 2, 2022
I got Nothing but respect for This man. We must Win Tonight and this Series for Matress Mack! #LevelUp pic.twitter.com/2tAH8jdfRT
The entire city coming to defend Houston Legend Mattress Mack: pic.twitter.com/0Vxk6powqn— Space Lawyer (@rrossjd) November 2, 2022
That last tweet references a bit of philanthropy on the East Coast. It’s what Houstonians see regularly from Mattress Mack and he delivered it on the road on Tuesday.
On Twitter, Mattress Mack wrote: ”What a blessing to be in Atlantic City giving out mattresses today to Veterans & First Responders who give so much. Loved meeting Chief Kohler of the Atlantic City Fire Department. Thanks to @Sealy @CaesarsSports & @harrahsresort for partnering with @GFToday on this great event. https://t.co/qUmvQAN5B0″