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To wave or not to wave: that is the question

May 6, 2010, 5:31 PM EDT

I think the wave is the most ridiculous thing 40,000 people can do at one time.  I’m prepared to admit that other people have a differing point of view, however.  For a more nuanced take on the matter, check out this post from TYU.

  1. Fishy - May 6, 2010 at 6:07 PM

    Craig, the wave is played out, no question-
    However, the next time your Buckeyes travel to Camp Randall to play the UW Badgers, I highly encourage you to make the road trip and look at the awesome twists on the concept that the student body has developed over the past 20+ years-
    Words don’t do it justice, but when you see the wave reaching the end of it’s first lap at the student section, you hear them chanting “Reverse! Reverse!” and the wave reverses it’s momentum and goes the other direction around the stadium-
    Ok, kinda fun-
    At the end of the next lap, they chant “SLOW! SLOW!” and the wave goes into slow motion around the stadium for a cool visual effect-
    At the end of the next lap, the yell “FAST! FAST!” and the visual effect is like seeing a Nolan Ryan fastball after a Trevor Hoffman change-up
    Ok, not earth shattering, but nice to see a creative twist on a tired idea-

  2. scatterbrian - May 6, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    Craig, I used to feel the same way until I read about Guinness being on-hand to confirm the largest gathering of people wearing Snuggies.

  3. Anon!Mice! - May 6, 2010 at 7:22 PM

    The most ridiculous thing 40,000 people regularly do is boo when a pitcher throws to first. Booing in general is crazy to me. Imagine it in your workplace. I don’t boo anyone or any event and I’ve often told refs and opposing players (when I had great seats), “Good Job, fellas” or “Stay healthy.”
    Also silly– cheering during the national anthem, although I’m less finicky about that.
    The wave is fun and harmless and healthy exercise.
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  4. Charles Gates - May 6, 2010 at 7:38 PM

    I like the ‘O’ Baltimore fans accentuate during the ‘Oh, say can you see’ part of the National Anthem. Baltimore is good about regional pride. They tend to do it more in a ‘we’ sort of way instead of an ‘anti they’ sort of way.

  5. SouthofHeaven - May 6, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    The most ridiculous thing? Have we forgotten the lessons of our years-long Macarena nightmare that quickly?

  6. Richie - May 7, 2010 at 1:20 AM

    It’s kind of nice because it’s something the fans do together. It’s part of the communal experience of being at the ballpark. It’s like applauding at the end of a really good movie at the theater. You’re applauding at nobody, but it’s part of the communal experience of watching the movie with a bunch of strangers.

  7. Michael - May 7, 2010 at 1:56 AM

    Hey, there’s pride at stake here – at least in that half of the country that claims they invented the Wave.

  8. Boo Hoo Florio picked on your team - GET OVER IT - May 7, 2010 at 5:10 AM

    I don’t get it. I don’t get why people deride The Wave. It’s part of the experience when you go see a ballgame. It’s being part of the crowd who’s doing something TOGETHER. And it’s not jeering, it’s not booing. It’s actually a positive thing. At the very, very least, it’s a little exercise which we all know Americans in general could use a little more of. I don’t see it as distracting. I see it as people celebrating that they aren’t at home or at work, facing the problems out in the real world. When you’re at the ballpark, why not stop having an attitude and start having fun for a change?
    Live and let live for a change.

  9. Old Gator - May 7, 2010 at 6:34 AM

    Every so often there’s a wave at Joeprodolsharklife Stadium, but usually it’s impossible to get one going because there are so few warm bodies in there. I’ve seen one or two start in some unnaturally densely populated area – out in the right field feeshbowl where the South Florida Council of Perch and Rotate Clubs has brought twenty or thirty kids who won some kind of community involvement award for having organized an entire Sunday devoted to scrubbing “fukc” (sic) off one of the I-95 pedestrian overpasses. But by the time the wave has gotten as far as the Feesh boolpen, the second law of thermodynamics has taken over and it vanishes with a sigh of dissipating ions. Now if you had a pair of these here special glasses, you could see the rest of the wave proceed among the thousands of ghosts of fans passed who occupy precisely the same vectors in curved spacetime as that vast expanse of empty seats (the stadium actually runs in a straight line forever, but seems to circle in on itself because the universe, like Scrooge McLoria himself, has its head up its ass). I have to wonder if McLoria and the Chihuahua haven’t found a way to slip some extra money into the Macondo Banana Massacre Field budget for the purchase of animatronic fans who can fill all the empty seats they’re going to have there and can actually perform a wave. Meanwhile, Joeprodolsharklife Stadium remains the home not of the wave so much as of the particle.

  10. Wooden U. Lykteneau - May 7, 2010 at 8:31 AM

    That’s a “we” as in LOOK AT ME. And, for the record, it’s f_cking annoying.

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