Do the Miami Marlins have an official theme song to go along with all the other new additions this year? Unfortunately, it doesn’t look it. But, in a way, the fact that this isn’t team sponsored makes it even more incredible.
And it really comes together if you listen to it while looking at the amazing new home run sculpture at Marlins Park. I need to see a game at that place.
At about the forty minute mark of the interview Cuban begins talking about what he wants the fan experience at a Mavericks game to be like. He doesn’t want you staring at your phone or not paying attention to the court and he definitely doesn’t want you doing the wave.
I have an automatic “you’re fired” policy if you do the wave. Seriously. If you do it, like, I had somebody who didn’t know that they would be fired this year who tried to get the wave started. I was like, you have not read the policy, you get one warning. I’ll say it to everybody here, anybody that ever works for the Mavericks ever tries to do the wave, you’re fired.
There’s no bigger energy killer than doing the wave, right. I’d rather have 60 minutes of kiss cam.
Mark Cuban hates the wave so much that he’ll fire an employee who tries to get it started at a Mavericks game. Now, Cuban and I have had our disagreementsin the past but a policy like that is definitely something I can get behind.
Doing the wave in any 2-1 game is a bad thing. Doing the wave in a 2-1 game at Fenway Park during a game against your biggest rival is just unbelievable. The Red Sox ended up losing the game 4-2 with Mariano Rivera striking out Adrian Gonzalez with the bases loaded in the ninth. I’m not saying doing the wave earlier in the night cost the Red Sox the game, but…
Of course if everyone taking their kids to a baseball game would follow Ian’s advice, this wouldn’t be a problem to begin with.
If there’s ever an appropriate time to do the wave at a baseball game an 11-1 home team lead in the eighth inning would seem to be it. At least that’s what the fans at Rangers Ballpark thought when the wave started in that situation Friday night against the Angels.
This wasn't actually last night, it was August 5th, but it still shows how dumb you look doing the wave. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
It was a good thing the Rangers had such a large lead because once the wave started the Angels scored four runs on four hits. This particular wave went around the Ballpark eight or nine times before it stopped. The Angels’ mini rally didn’t make people stop, they just got bored with being bored I guess.
Rangers VP of Ballpark Entertainment Chuck Morgan has said he’s heard from players that they don’t mind the wave when there’s a large lead like Friday night. But this game just goes to show that there’s really never a lead big enough to fight off the bad karma of the wave. Just sit back, or stand up together and cheer, and enjoy your team beating up the team chasing them for a playoff spot.
Wednesday night the Braves were playing the Cubs at Wrigley down 3-1 in the top of the eighth. For some unexplainable the “fans” at Wrigley decided that was a great time to start doing the wave. Then Alex Gonzalez hit a solo home run (I’ll embed that video as soon as MLB allows). The great part about that home run is that it lands right at the leading edge of the wave.
For the record, immediately after Cubs fans started doing the wave in the top half of the 8th inning, Atlanta’s Alex Gonzalez snapped them on the collective wrists with a ruler. Gonzalez blasted a solo homer to center, an angry bolt of lightning that shocked even the most apathetic Cubs fan into sitting in his seat and simply enjoying the damn game as it was intended to be enjoyed. It was as though the baseball karma gods were saying “do not befoul one of our sport’s finest cathedrals with such an execrable act.”
At the Pirates’ game tonight, there was an attempt to start the wave in the 7th inning with the game tied 2-2 and Pirates on first and second. Luckily, it didn’t catch on. I then had to listen to the “fans” beside me mocking me for the rest of the inning. I thought it might be nice to actually watch the game.
The Pirates would go on to score seven runs in that inning and win the game 9-2. While not doing the wave at that crucial point of the game wasn’t the cause of the Pirates’ rally, it certainly didn’t hurt.
There’s a few new products in the Stop The Wave shop I wanted to let everyone know about. Before I get to those, just a reminder that if you want one of the original Stop The Wave logo t-shirts you can order directly from me by either hitting the Store button in the top right of the screen or by clicking here.
Next is a shirt based on something that happened during the Rangers-Angels game Monday night. A mic by the Rangers dugout was turned up just a little too much and it turns out that Adrian Beltre gets very excited when the Rangers hit a home run. You can see a video of what happened next over on TwitVid (if hearing an S-bomb bothers you, don’t click the link). Of course, whenever something like that happens a t-shirt has to be made. (An uncensored version is available in the shop as well if you want to go with that.)
I recently received an email from Lincoln, a former Nebraska student who wrote an article about why the wave needs to end back in 2002 for the Daily Nebraskan. He’s talking about wanting to see the wave gone at Nebraska football games but it right on about why the wave needs to go.
While I am sure being able to have “Creator of the Wave” inscribed on their tombstone is important to these men, this honor ranks just below owning Luis Gonzalez’s chewed bubble gum.
No matter who started the wave, it has spread and grown in popularity since the early ’80s.
The time has come to end to the wave.
All trends must come to an end. The achy-breaky-heart craze died, as did letting the dogs out. Short basketball pants went on the wayside and Saved by the Bell was canceled. (I miss you Kelly Kapowski.)
Be sure to check out the rest of the article, it’s a good read.