I meant to post this a few days ago when I first saw it, but I forgot about it. It’s still relevant. Railing against the wave is always relevant. Chuck posted this over on Jamey Newberg’s forums over the past weekend, and I wanted to copy it here for more people to see.
First off, let me add I cannot stand the wave. I think it is the stupidest thing ever created in sports. I cannot stand it, and it just shows me that people who do it have no interest in the game. In my opinion, if you do the wave, you deserve to be ejected from the stadium and never allowed to return. Unless you’re a kid (like under 10) That I don’t so much care about, but adults? No way. Get out. Now. Never return.
Anyway, here’s what Chuck had to say, and I have to say it was QUITE refreshing.
Subject: Thank You and Stop The Wave
As we get ready to start the season, thank you for all of your support of the Texas Rangers during the off season. Lets all hope this turns out to be magical season for all Rangers fans.
Those can attend Opening Day, I hope you have a great time. Anytime you are at the ballpark, remember its a day at a ballgame, try to forget the bills, the traffic, work, etc., just have a good time, again, no worries, its a day at the ballpark. And as always, if you have a problem at the ballpark, shoot me an email and I will get you to the right people that can take care of your problem.
On another note, those of you that were at the exhibition game Friday probably saw a “wave” break out while we were hitting. This came up at Jamey’s Dallas gathering, somebody asked Chuck Greenberg if he could stop the wave. This goes against my old school baseball thinking “that if you pay to get in, you can do whatever you want as long as it is in the confines of good behavior”…but I would like our fans to get into the games like they do in Boston, New York, St. Louis and save the wave for another time. So, I have enlisted the help of Drew Sheppard to build me a graphic that will ask fans to wave at another time other than when the Rangers are hitting. Most of you are familiar with Drew’s work. There will be those that will be unhappy that we asked them to wave at another time…its okay to wave, just don’t do it when we have men on and a rally going.
We will see how it goes. Again, have a great time at the ballpark when you come to the games and if you have any questions any time, send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
What we really need to keep an eye on are people like this. I found this picture I took on a game I went to August 1, 2009. This Ballpark vendor was trying to start the wave. Uh, NO, doofus. I hope you’re not still around.