Baseball Fans Who Hate the Wave Should Just Go Home


baseball fans doing the waveThere must not be enough things to get angry about in Texas, because a group of Rangers fans are all worked up about one of the silliest, most benign things you could possibly think of short of, oh I don't know, giggling babies. Seems they have taken issue with the wave. Yes, you know, that silly but time-honored game-time tradition of having sections of a stadium stand up with their arms in the air. The wave has been getting spirit flowin' and creating a cool visual effect for the cameras at live sporting events for 30 years! But the anti-wavers, led by one guy named Greg Holland, are annoyed by the spirited trend, because it's "distracting." And Holland himself is all wound up about it, because ONCE in 2009, his team gave up a late lead while the wave occurred all around the stadium.

Boo hooey hoo!

OMG, get this -- Holland even has a website called! Bhahaha. Really?!! They must have it pretty good if this is their HUGE cause! Oy!

What's even funnier is that they've even called the Rangers' front office complaining so many times that the Rangers themselves are in semi-support of the cause. And they run a warning on the Rangers scoreboard explaining that wavers can suffer muscle strains and recommending the wave be restricted to "pro football games and Miley Cyrus concerts." These eye-rollingly silly moves are totally self-defeating. Their animosity toward the wave just makes other fans want to do it even more. To that, I say, GOOD!

What is the big deal? If you don't like that other people do the wave at ballgames, don't GO, and watch on your big butt in front of your HD-TV (which you're bound to have, because you take "your sport" and "your team" soooooooo seriously). In fact, these people who are such Grinches about the whole thing don't really belong at games anyway. They're obviously missing the best parts of baseball -- a sense of tradition, community, and team spirit.

What do you think about the wave?


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momto... momtothemax2910

The wave is fun. What a crybaby spoilsport.

jagam... jagamama0710

lmao wow. that guy is super lame.

I have no problem with the wave. :) 


no,no,no.....The wave must stay.

Kristina Lawler Funk

I must be in the minority here, then - I think the wave is stupid. I came to see a baseball game, not stand up and block somebody's view like a doofus.

Addys... Addys_Mom

if you dont like the wave, dont do it. easy as that. and the person in front of you MIGHT block you for half a second.

Wilson Lewis

In terms of rudeness from fans, it's true that I have to put up with far worse than the wave when I go to games. But it's also an insult to the PLAYERS, who universally feel just that way about it. If you're doing the wave, by definition, you're not paying attention to and appreciating the game, and you're by definition not there as a baseball fan. Yeah, I know, what else is new?  But if you're not there to see the game, then YOU stay home and do the wave, and whatever other nursery school activities you like to do, in your living room, and leave the ballpark for us baseball fans who came to see a baseball game.

nonmember avatar Pat Sparks

The wave is not appropriate at a major league baseball game. It has no traditional basis and is a distraction. It's a juvenile activity and demeaning to the sport and the players. I suppose that the next thing to attempt encroachment and be so weakly justified will be the vuvuzela. If you are to insist on doing the wave can you do it between innings please? I didn't think so.

Dena Roosa

The wave does not belong in a ballpark. It is quite disrespectful to the players on the field; it tells them that you are bored with their work on the field. Only new fans that do not understand baseball do this (no fans that actually understand the sport would partake). Instead of telling true fans to stay home, might I suggest those people too bored to sit down, be respectful of others trying to watch the game, and show true support for the players on the field, find something else to fill their afternoons and evenings. If you must watch baseball, hit up a little league game, they may not mind.

Sheila Dawson Caputo

Yeah, you're wrong about this. The wave is insulting to the players, makes you look like you don't care about the game you paid to see, and is distracting to other fans.

nonmember avatar chizdippler

How about this? People paid to watch a baseball game, not to appease some attention starved idiot who needs to be validated by getting other people to do the wave. Want to do the wave and not watch the ballgame, stay home. It's not the other way around.

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