While watching the Rangers-Rays game Thursday night I was very disappointed to see this tweet show up in my timeline:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
First up are the Stop The Wave logo t-shirts in more team colors. Those pictured below aren’t the only new colors and there should be an option that fits your team. If there’s not let me know and I’ll try to get it added.
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.
This past Wednesday the Los Angeles Times ran an article by David Wharton about the stop the wave movement at the Ballpark. In the article Wharton describes perfectly one of my main problems with the wave.
It isn’t like the all those USC alumni flashing the victory sign when the band plays “Tribute to Troy.” It isn’t like the cowbells at Mississippi State or “the chop,” in either its Atlanta Braves or Florida State incarnations.
Those traditions are connected to the action on the field. Those fans can make the argument they are rooting for their team.
The wave exists independent of home runs or touchdowns. It can be roaring along at the exact moment that misfortune befalls the home team — sometimes the crowd abruptly stops cheering, sometimes it doesn’t even notice.
That puts the wave in a subcategory with beach balls in the stands at Dodger Stadium or droning vuvuzelas, the South African horns that made the 2010 World Cup sound as if it were played inside an enormous bee hive.
The Rangers and Mariners were playing a game Wednesday that was tied 3-3 in the seventh inning. After the Mariners scored the go-ahead run a wave started going around the Ballpark. The Mariners were now up by a run and still had men on first and second with one out. But those people doing the wave didn’t care what was going on, they just had to entertain themselves.
That is what Wharton meant, the wave had nothing to do with the game at the point. What did it matter that the Rangers were trying to win an important game? As long as those doing the wave could stand up in unison every minute or so, they were happy.
There’s a long way to go to get the people doing the wave in the seventh inning of a close game to understand why it’s a bad idea. Hopefully the attention the movement’s received over the last couple of weeks and signs like those that are displayed at the Ballpark can help them out.
I was sent a link to an article on A.V. Club Milwaukee by Steven Hyden about what he thinks about the wave. The article is almost two years old and I’m sorry I hadn’t seen it before because it’s right on the spot.
I am a vehement anti-wave sports fan. In fact, I think it’s a shame that “vehement anti-wave sports fan” isn’t redundant, because all real sports fans should shun the wave like they do Pete Rose, Tonya Harding, and people that complain about soccer not being more popular in the U.S. The wave is stupid, highly annoying, consistently ill timed during game-time moments, and—have I mentioned this yet?—just really [effing] stupid. It’s the Macarena of audience participation activities—only people didn’t get sick of doing it after six months.
Make sure to check out the rest of the article.
And speaking of A.V. Club, we had a brief mention on their Austin site.