Weekend wave wrap-up

It was a successful wave free weekend at Rangers Ballpark. Sure, there were a few attempts to get it started, especially on Saturday and Sunday, but it never made it all the way around the stadium. Hopefully this streak keeps going for a while.

However, as much as we want the wave to be banished into the hall of past fads there are always people that think it’s the highlight of any trip to a game. In a blog post using the wave as a metaphor to forcing change in your career path, Patti Johnson tells you upfront what she thinks about the wave.

The best part is the wave. It begins with one fan, then a few more, and finally an entire section enthusiastically jumps to their feet. After many failed starts, the wave eventually travels all around the park. An entire stadium of people working together to make it happen.

Like I said, Ms. Johnson is using the wave as business metaphor so I probably shouldn’t take this as literally as I’m going to but what would be the fun in that? 

If one word stands out to me on how the wave of change really happens, it’s persistence. I love how a few people keep trying and trying. There are groans when it stalls three sections away, and they start again.

So, her favorite part of the wave is actually its worst feature. Being in the section of the people that are trying to start the wave is the worst punishment I could imagine at a baseball game. The groans you hear aren’t from people disappointed it stalled out just a few sections away, they are from the people who know some jackass in front of them is about to ruin their view of the game again.

As you put on your favorite baseball jersey and head to the ballpark for Opening Day, remember to help another fan out and be part of the wave. Or, better yet, be the one to get it started. And remember, the fifth time is the charm.

That’s right, Ms. Johnson is telling you to go be as annoying as absolutely possible and to not even pay attention to the game in front of you. As long as people that think like this are going to games the wave will be there, lurking, waiting to rear its ugly head and mess with your enjoyment of the game.

Orel Hershiser really likes Rangers Ballpark

Over the weekend, Orel Hershiser unveiled his plan to save Dodger Stadium. Hershiser is not currently involved with any of the remaining groups still in the running to buy the Dodgers but wanted to get his vision for Dodger Stadium out in the wild.

“We just want to give people a dream of what could happen,” he said. “You can’t tell the story without a picture. The idea is to show people all the elements that are possible and not to say, ‘This is it.’ “

Here’s the rendering showing Hershiser’s ideas:


After looking at the render for a few minutes it became very obvious that all it is is the outfield of Rangers Ballpark with a little Photoshop work.


The same outfield walls, same bullpens, Green’s Hill, the club above the left field seats, the home-run porch, the bottom level of the office buildings, it’s all there. It looks like the only thing they actually changed was removing the top level of seats in left and the top couple of floors of the centerfield offices.

Granted, Rangers Ballpark itself is a bunch of stolen bits. Still, it’s good to see Hershiser enjoyed some part of his stay in Arlington.

Oh, Miami

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.

(GIF courtesy Baseball Nation)

Mark Cuban joins the cause

Mark Cuban not doing the wave. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

You might have heard about Bill Simmons’ interview with Mark Cuban for the B.S.Report at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference last week. It was during that interview that Cuban made an ill-attempt at a joke that landed him in some hot water that he has since made an apology for. But if you haven’t paid much attention to the story you might have missed that Cuban sharing his thoughts on the wave led directly to the comment.

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 disagreements in the past but a policy like that is definitely something I can get behind.

Come on Boston…

While watching the Rangers-Rays game Thursday night I was very disappointed to see this tweet show up in my timeline:

What better time for The Wave than a 2-1 NYY-BOS game at Fenway?less than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply

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.

“See that, son? That’s called “the wave”. Don’t do that. Bad fans do the wave.” #TeachYourChildrenWellless than a minute ago via Echofon Favorite Retweet Reply

Friday night wave

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.

The wave at Wrigley

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.

I was going to write more about this particular wave but Matt Linder with The Outside Corner has already taken Cubs fans to task about it.

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.”

Be sure to check out the rest of Matt’s article; he does a very nice job of describing just why the wave is so atrocious.

Some people are getting it

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram had an article on the Stop The Wave signs at Rangers Ballpark yesterday. It mostly covers what led to the signs being displayed and the reaction to them but also has a part that shows they can work.

Tessie Reid, 23, and her mother, Debbie Reid, Arlington residents and season ticket holders, used to do the wave. They stopped when they started noticing the messages.

They thought it was a serious request from the Rangers and said they noticed that the wave seemed to have a negative impact on their favorite team.

“It seemed like some of the pitchers were not pitching well when they do the wave,” Debbie Reid said.

“It seems like it throws them off. It seemed like it was affecting them.”

So they became non-participants in the wave. Tessie said they’ve heard others around them discouraging fans from doing the wave as it rolls by.

It’s good to see that some people are getting why the wave needs to go.

Good job, Pittsburgh

After the second game of the Pirates-Brewers doubleheader last night Amy left this note on the Stop The Wave Facebook page.

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.