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Rangers ban wave with funny message

Posted on: August 1, 2011 4:55 pm
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Wave

By Evan Brunell

The wave is one of the most hotly contested "traditions" in baseball, with one side crying out that the wave has nothing to do with baseball and the other side just trying to enjoy themselves at the game, which they paid out of their own pocket to see.

The Rangers took it one step further, decreeing on the video scoreboard that there are no waves allowed at the ballpark. It's not meant to be taken seriously as you can tell by reading the message the Rangers show fans on the scoreboard (photo above, from stopthewave.net). There are no penalties and no official team policy against the wave.

"I was getting lots of emails and Tweets from fans during the game asking me to do something to stop the wave," Chuck Morgan, the Rangers' senior vice president for ballpark entertainment, told ESPN.com. "So I said, 'Let's see if we can have fun with it.'"

The backlash against the wave isn't just limited to Texas, though. The Rockies made a commercial earlier this season in where a fan gets yelled at by Rockies players for starting a wave during a critical moment in a game. Even Rangers reliever Darren O'Day can be found in a video on Rangers.com saying, "Don't distract really good-looking bullpen pitchers … by doing the wave."

StopTheWave.net's Greg Holland, who attends Rangers games, couldn't agree more with the movement. "There is nothing worse … than being stuck in a section with someone who is relentless in trying to get the wave started, especially if they're sitting in front of you," Holland said. "To me, doing the wave is basically giving the middle finger to the guys on the field. You're telling them you don't care about what's going on and that they are not entertaining you."

Despite Morgan's attempts to stop the wave, which Holland said has been working, Morgan says the fans don't really pay attention to the warnings. But he won't stop trying to spread the gospel.

"I'll probably keep doing it until somebody gets so mad they're not going to come to the game anymore," he said. "Or management tells me to stop."

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hotmeuly
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Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: August 2, 2011 1:41 pm
 

Rangers ban wave with funny message

While I'm not a big fan of the wave myself, I seriously doubt the players even notice.  The people that want to be distracted by the wave are, and those who are into the game have to put up with the mild nuissance of 3 or 4 passes generally.  It's not that big of a deal either way.



Since: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: August 1, 2011 6:50 pm
 

Rangers ban wave with funny message

Why do people feel the constant need to bad mouth/critisize/or try to ruin something that has been a part of the game for years! Sad, just sad.
Look you want to do the wave fine, but do it in the breaks between innings, not during live action. It is off putting for fans and players alike. You want everybody else to stop badmouthing the wave well then show some class and be responsible.

 



Since: Oct 20, 2010
Posted on: August 1, 2011 6:37 pm
 

Rangers ban wave with funny message

The wave is for fun! We go to games for entertainment! Some go with thier kids who enjoy the wave too! If we as a culture are so - well anal - that we can't enjoy the wave or at least ignore it till it's over is ridiculous! Next thing you know we'll want to ban the 7th inning stretch and singing "take me out to the ballgame"!! Why do people feel the constant need to bad mouth/critisize/or try to ruin something that has been a part of the game for years! Sad, just sad.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: August 1, 2011 6:31 pm
 

Rangers ban wave with funny message

The WAVE is for the kids.... most of which do not have the attention span to watch a full MLB game, yet still pay full price for the "entertainment" provided.



Since: Jan 24, 2010
Posted on: August 1, 2011 6:26 pm
 

Rangers ban wave with funny message

At first I thought they were serious, and then I saw the circus ploy.



Since: Aug 29, 2009
Posted on: August 1, 2011 6:07 pm
 

Rangers ban wave with funny message

At least they are trying... I have always hated the wave.  Imagine... When I go to a game, I want to actually watch a game.


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