The Wave. It is one of the most treasured and obnoxious traditions of all time. It is most prominent at baseball games, but has a tendency to creep into hockey and football (or Olympic Beach Volleyball).
I am on a personal mission to ban the Wave. I don’t quite understand the appeal of standing up and putting my hands in the air and saying “Woooo!” every 20-30 seconds at a sporting event. That is roller coaster etiquette. If I’m on the Thunderbolt, it is totally appropriate to throw my hands up in the air (sometimes!) and scream or make noise. <- There was a pop music joke in there.
However, when I am at a sporting event, I reserve standing for standing ovations- like cheering for a hockey goal or a home run or a pitching change.
The problem I have with the Wave is that it disrupts my view of the game while it is in play. It annoys me far more at a Penguins game than at a Pirates game because hockey is so much more fast paced. It takes a fraction of a second to miss anything important. I don’t want to miss a goal because people are standing in front of me. It never fails though, that if I am sitting in my normal section (119) which costs me at least $100 per game that the season ticket holder two rows behind me will attempt to start the Wave. Come on! Why?
Baseball, it isn’t as bad, however, I am someone who likes to watch all aspects of the game. Baseball, while certainly a more social atmosphere than most other sports, still requires a degree of attention to keep up with the game. The is most especially important if you are someone who enjoys observing the strategy of baseball. You can tell how the team of the field is preparing to handle the batter by their positioning (are they playing in? etc).
The last Pirate game I went to about two weeks ago, I noticed a significant difference in the stadium etiquette between baseball and hockey. In hockey, you do not leave or return to your seat while the puck is in play. Baseball though, people get up all the time. They do not wait until it is between innings or for a delay in the game such as the catcher visiting the mound or an appealed call. I had an ailse seat and I can say with complete honesty that I did not see ONE complete at bat by any player, from the Pirates or the Dogers. In fact, in the 6th inning when my son started to get super cranky and tired and begged to go home, I had no problem leaving. I had missed a significant fraction of the game. I took roughly nine individual photos of people standing around in front of me within my view of the plate while Andrew McCutchen was at bat. It was like this for every batter.
In the 6th inning is when the section next to me started the Wave. I had no hope. I gave up. My son wanted to leave, so I obliged, rather than attempting to find a way to entertain him for the remaining innings.
I’m not a fan of the Wave. When I was a kid it was all happy and fun, but now that I enjoy sports in a different way, I prefer not to spend the game staring at people standing.
I’m a grump. Guilty. I’m fun to go to games with as well though because I understand what is going on and I cheer A LOT. Rowdy is good. Obstructing the view of others is bad.
Ban the Wave.
Thank you to Ryan (@Goodsee24) for his dedication to rid the sports world of the Wave.