Save The Wave, Folks. We Don't Need It
Earlier this week, the Texas Rangers (in a really funny way) banned the wave from The Ballpark at Arlington. No longer will fans stand and sit section by section to root the team on. How do I feel about this move, you ask? HATS OFF TO THEM RANGERS!
The wave is awful. It's not for baseball games. If you want to go catch the Harvard vs. Yale football game at The Yale Bowl in New Haven, sing timeless Ivy league fight songs and share cocoa with fellow alum…hey, knock yourself out. Wave it up. I can see it there. It just seems to work in that setting. But in baseball? No dice.
Doing the wave is the equivalent of screaming out, "PLAY FREEBIRD" at a concert. Don't be that guy. There are so many other ways to celebrate the joy of being at the stadium. I mean, I'd give the rally monkey and beach ball problem more credit than the wave. It's just bad. We, as fans, can do better. Let's give ourselves some credit. I know we can think of something better…at least I hope. Maybe we play "Pass The Opposing Fan"? A simple, yet fun game of picking up a fan wearing the out of town colors and pass him around the ballpark. I am kidding, of course, but even that ridiculous idea is better than the wave.
So I once again congratulate the Rangers on their move to bring this fairly lame phenomenon to an end. Who knows? Maybe it'll catch on and clubs will stand up to the wave…and then sit down…and then another club will stand up and sit down. Oh no!