Makings waves over the wave


It started as a joke, but maybe there’s some life to the “stop the wave” movement that’s growing in — where else? — Texas?

The end of the “wave” may be coming.

“If fans would get on their feet and make noise with two strikes in first innings, I’d love that,” Chuck Morgan, the Rangers’ senior vice president for ballpark entertainment, said on Thursday to “Nobody has banned anything. We just put up a couple of funny messages. Do what you want, but we just say to consider doing it at a time that does not take away from the game. Players say the wave is OK as long we’ve got a blowout going.”

What’s the big deal? It’s that the wave is a big deal, a bigger deal than it should be, and too often a bigger deal than the game itself. The website,, for example, points out that in last night’s game in Detroit, only two people behind the plate were paying attention to an 8th inning homerun in a one-run ballgame, because everyone else was doing “the wave.”

The video says that’s not exactly accurate. But it’s too important an issue to be left to facts.


After this effort succeeds, maybe the organizers can turn their attention to the practice of throwing an opposition’s homerun ball back on the field.

  • BenCh

    Really? The wave?

    I have yet to be at a game where people even cared enough to do the wave (almost had one once at a Twins game, but it only made it a couple of sections). I feel that it is a great experience that you can only experience in stadiums.

    I feel if people REALLY care about people paying attention or being safe they would look into more pertinent factors such as alcohol consumption (which I believe you’ve already written about Bob).

  • Jamie

    I . L O V E . the wave!! It is both an expression of community and an eye-pleasing act of synchronised movement. Don’t do away with it!