It would be great if the wave could be completely eliminated from baseball games but unfortunately that probably isn’t going to happen anytime soon. What can make a difference though is people knowing when not to do it and when it may not be such a terrible time.
To help with knowing when those rare occasions that a wave may be ok, Brian with Viscos Web Design has created a great guide at NoWaveZone.com. Just answer the questions based on the game situation and anybody can know when not to do the wave.
Below is a rather disappointing wave report I received from reader Tom:
I’m a season ticket holder for the Washington Nationals. Like you, I’ve grown frustrated with folks starting the wave during close games. This nonsense wouldn’t fly in my native Philadelphia! However, major league baseball is new to a lot of people here, so I’ve tried to be forgiving of those who don’t know better, including the folks who went to a game in Baltimore once upon a time and think that shouting “Oh” is a standard part of the national anthem in every ballpark. However, my tolerance reached its limits when, during a one-run game, I noticed that the wave was being led by members of the Nat Pack, the twenty-somethings who are employed by the team to keep the fans entertained between innings. Fortunately, my section is primarily made up of knowledgeable baseball fans who don’t participate in these shenanigans, so at least my view of the game isn’t blocked. Nonetheless, I worry about a franchise that promotes off-field activity at the same time that there is excitement on the field.
So we have a team that is promoting doing the wave in a close game. Hard to believe that they could let that happen but at least it’s the newest team around. Maybe they can figure this whole thing out pretty soon.
However, at least it’s good to see there are some baseball fans living in Washington D.C. besides Tom that also don’t like the wave.
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If you are visiting this site for the first time and you’re asking yourself, “why the hostility?”, or perhaps, “what’s so important about stopping the wave?”, then please enjoy this short, educational piece from the early nineties that will help clarify many of your questions.
We understand that children have short attention spans, so expecting them to sit still for a 3 hour baseball can be quite a chore. We’re not out to spoil a child’s afternoon of sugar overload, heat exhaustion, and the unrivaled enjoyment that Major League (or minor league) Baseball can provide. Rather, we are counting on the guidance of the parents, troop leaders, and chaperones to help shape these young minds and educate them in the ways of baseball fan etiquette.
The wave itself is not the enemy. The timeliness of the wave is. Knowing when to turn your back to the action and yell incoherently at your neighbors is the challenge. If you feel this uncontrollable urge taking over during a game, please follow these simple guidelines…
NEVER start the wave while the home team is pitching
NEVER start the wave if the home team has one or more men on base
NEVER start the wave if either team is a grand-slam (that’s 4 runs for the non-baseball types that “volunteered” to chaperone that day) away from tying the game.
NEVER, EVER, START THE WAVE DURING A PLAYOFF GAME!
If you must feed your inner-desire to control the unsuspecting masses, rain delays, blow outs, the seventh inning stretch, and during the opposing teams pitching changes are opportune times to unleash the beast. Other than that, please help us enjoy the performance of these great athletes and our nation’s most storied past time and STOP THE WAVE!
The What’s The Word? show on Phillies 24/7 had me on this morning to talk about the Stop The Wave campaign. You can listen to the segment below.
MLB.com has taken notice of what’s going on and has a nice article about Chuck Morgan having fun it. There’s also a really great video with Michael Young on that page that I would love to embed here, but I can’t yet. So, check it out over there.
And during Keith Law‘s ESPN chat today he answered a question on what he thinks about the wave.
Greg (Dallas, TX)
The wave during a game, mild annoyance or the bane of a baseball game’s existence?
Klaw (1:24 PM)
In the eighth inning of a one run game last night Tigers fans decided it was a good time to do the wave. While you watch this clip of Ryan Raburn’s home run (seriously MLB, why can’t these be embedded yet?) that inning notice the people sitting behind the plate.
There are only two people watching the game at that point. Everyone else is watching the wave as it had passed behind home just a second earlier. The heads snapping around to the game action after the hit had to leave a couple people with a nasty case of whiplash.
Ryan Raburn is hitting .227/.266/.387 on the season so I get that his at bats could be hard to watch. But when you’re doing or watching the wave instead of watching the game you never know what you’re going to miss or cause other people around you to miss.
Jon Daniels was the guest for the Rangers Twitter Tuesday interview yesterday and he got a question about the wave at The Ballpark.
So, if Jon Daniels isn’t a wave guy there is absolutely no reason for anybody else to be one. And don’t mistake him, doing the wave is in no way showing energy for what’s going on on the field.
It’s been a pretty wild few days for the Stop The Wave movement. It’s great that the whole idea is starting to get some attention. Mostly local DFW mentions are below, I’m working on gathering up all the national mentions and will have another post with them soon.
It all got started last Friday when ESPN’s Page 2 had a blog post about what Chuck Morgan has been doing and this site.
Obviously the warning, and the ban itself, are in jest. It’s not official team policy, and there are no real consequences for wavers. But there is an actual motive behind it: Fans began complaining to team officials that folks prodding them to do the wave was ruining their ballpark experience.
“I was getting lots of emails and Tweets from fans during the game asking me to do something to stop the wave,” said Chuck Morgan, the Rangers’ senior vice president for ballpark entertainment. “So I said, ‘Let’s see if we can have fun with it.'”
This morning KRLD 1080 had me on for a couple minutes to talk about what we’re trying to do. (Please excuse the stumbling beginning and the fighting off nervous shake voice the entire time)
NBCDFW had a blog post about the site and why I decided to start doing it.
In case you’re unfamiliar (unfortunately, I don’t see how that’s possible), here it is, live, at Yankee Stadium. You think smart baseball fans in Arlington hate it, I bet these Bronx bozos loathe it.
And the great Anthony Andro with Fox Sports Southwest had a post about the movement with quotes from several people about the whole thing.
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington has become the focal point for a movement this season.
It’s a push to stop a trend that has long-since slowed at some ballparks across the nation, but still has ardent supporters in Arlington.
It’s the drive to end the wave.