Tonight was a very nice night at the Ballpark. Josh Hamilton homered in his first at bat since April 12th, Nelson Cruz also homered in his first game since May 4th, Alexi Ogando was pitching an amazing game for a guy that was a groin injury away from being in the bullpen and the game was going by as fast as you could hope.
So, what are the “fans” in Arlington to do during a game like this? Start the effing wave of course!
The wave made its first appearance in the top of the sixth. Ogando had gotten Alexi Ramirez to ground out to second and Adam Dunn to pop out to Michael Young. With Paul Konerko at bat someone in the right field corner box managed to get the wave going after trying the entire top half of the inning. Ogando walked Konerko on 5 pitches. After going around the Ballpark at least 3 times it finally fizzled out and Ogando struck out Carlos Quentin to end the inning.
I honestly don’t understand what the person who started the wave at that point in the game was thinking. It was a close, fast game that wasn’t getting bogged down at all, the No Wave Zone sign was up; there was nothing that can explain starting it then. If you’re that bored in a game like that you’re obviously not a baseball fan.
The same section tried to get another wave going in the eighth inning but thankfully that one didn’t make it. The crowd partially redeemed themselves in the top of the ninth by standing after two outs and not waiting until two strikes on the last batter. The Ballpark needs much more of that type of crowd response and much, much less of the type that starts the wave in a game like tonight.