With the Colorado Rockies clinging to a 1-0 lead in the top of the ninth inning and a series sweep of one of their most bitter rivals on the line, a sellout crowd at Coors Field on Wednesday night started doing the wave.
No, I’m not kidding.
Wade Davis on the mound. The top of the San Francisco Giants coming up. One of the biggest moments of the season for a Rockies team struggling to get back above .500 and their fans decide this was the perfect time to start doing one of the worst things that has ever been invented at a sporting event.
At least Disco Demolition Night was one night in Chicago. The wave just keeps going … and going … and going. It rears its ugly head many nights at Coors Field and I always shake my head at the timing of it.
Look, I get it. I get some of you like the wave. I get some of you like the way it looks moving around the stadium and standing up for that brief moment is like another seventh inning stretch without the guy behind you yelling at you to sit down. That’s fine. You can have your opinions and I can have mine. God bless America, the land of multiple opinions on the same topic.
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But here’s the thing … you don’t do the wave at a pivotal moment for your team. The Rockies had the momentum and their closer on the mound. They were three outs away from securing the win (the wave started in the top of the inning and thankfully concluded when everyone stood up for the final out of the game) and this is the time you decide to get crazy?
This article from USA Today hits it on the head. Do the wave when your team is way ahead or way behind. Those are perhaps the only time it’s worthy of happening in any stadium. Perhaps is the key word there.
If you follow us on Twitter (and why wouldn’t you, by the way?), you know I’m not a big fan of the wave. I was thrilled when the Seattle Mariners flashed forward to the future and said the wave had been banned. Judging by the comments I get and hear, many of you join me in your disdain for this man-made tsunami.
In a perfect world, you’ll stop doing the wave. You’ll be the curmudgeon who sits there and glares at others in your section who do it … and others will start to follow your lead. I will applaud your efforts from the press box.
But I know we don’t live in a perfect world. With that in mind, please, please, please keep this in mind. As a fan, you want to help your team, right? Then don’t do the wave in a tight game late in the contest. If you must do it, get it out of the way early in the evening or save your wave for the next time at Coors Field when the Rockies are winning 10-1.
There is a lot of meaningful baseball left to play this season at Coors Field. Do your part. Just say no to the wave and yes to cheering on the Rockies without throwing your arms in the air and saying WOOOOOOAAAAHHHHHHHHH.
Some of you will scoff at my plea. Some of you will see as the old man shaking my fist at the sky. That’s OK. My message remains the same. Please, don’t do the wave. You’re a better fan and person than that. I’ll see you soon at Coors Field.