The Texas Rangers have banned the Wave from their home park.
Whenever a group of mouth-breathing idiots starts the Wave in Arlington, a warning is posted on the stadium's message board:
I was getting lots of emails and Tweets from fans during the game asking me to do something to stop the wave. So I said, "Let's see if we can have fun with it."While I have never run a corporation, I question whether making fun of loyal customers who have voiced a legitimate complaint about your product is the smartest way to run a business.
Greg Holland runs the website Stop the Wave:
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 ...scold a fan for starting the Wave and I heard Rangers reliever Darren O'Day say that doing the Wave is "uncalled for". (For accuracy's sake, though, both O'Day and the Rockies say that fans can do the Wave, but "never when the game is on the line". That's not ideal, but it's a start.)
Now, this is more like it. The St. Paul Saints have "officially" designated Midway Stadium in Minnesota a "No Wave Zone". According to the Fan Guide of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball:
Those who try to start "The Wave" will be chastised by Eric Webster on the PA system.In 2009, Steven Hyden, a Brewers fan, demanded an end to the Wave, which he described as "the Macarena of audience participation activities - only people didn't get sick of doing it after six months".
The wave is stupid, highly annoying, consistently ill timed during game-time moments, and - have I mentioned this yet? - just really fucking stupid. ... I think it would be great if people went to Brewers games because they were more interested in watching baseball than engaging in mass acts of basic calisthenics. But that's not the way the world works. ...No, it's not. Hyden cited a study headed by Tamas Vicsek of the University of Hungary in 2002. Using "mathematical models initially developed to study the spread of forest fires and the propagation of electrical impulses in heart tissue" and analyzing videos of Mexican soccer matches, Vicsek found that "it takes only a few dozen fans leaping to their feet with their arms up to trigger a wave".
The idea that thousands of people can be quickly coerced into altering their behaviour and blindly following the example of a few dozen people should not surprise any of us. Examples of an "information cascade" are on a continuum: from attendees at a sporting event pavlovically yelling "Day-O" to a frenzied populace crying out for the mass murder of innocent people in a foreign country.
During ESPN or Fox baseball broadcasts, you will sometimes hear that the Wave started at Fenway Park. Thankfully, that is nowhere near the truth. Its origins are unclear, but I think the Wave can be traced back (at least) to the 1936 Olympics.
Here's my idea: Since teams now restrict smoking to certain areas of the park (or forbid it altogether) and they have designated some sections as alcohol-free, why not institute "Wave Zones", where any morons who want to do the Wave can sit?