Colorado Rockies: What players really think about “the wave”

DENVER, CO - JULY 2: Kyle Freeland #21 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of a game at Coors Field on July 2, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JULY 2: Kyle Freeland #21 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of a game at Coors Field on July 2, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JUNE 28: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies hits a home run in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on June 28, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /

So Kyle Freeland says the wave is more of a distraction for pitchers than hitters … but what about when you’re an All-Star third baseman and in the field? Nolan Arenado shrugs it off.

“I guess it’s alright,” Arenado told Rox Pile. “I think it’s kind of cool when there are a bunch of fans in the stadium and everyone’s doing it. When it’s just a few people doing it or it’s not a packed house, it doesn’t look very good.”

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Ah, now we’re onto the esthetics of the wave. An interesting thought. Certainly the wave is less distracting when there are fewer people doing it … but is it any less annoying? If a few people in the stadium are doing the wave, does it really count as a wave? Deep philosophical questions there.

Bud Black, who went to high school in Longview, Wash., a little more than two hours south of Safeco Field, has good memories of the wave. Again, with the Pacific Northwest being the storied home of the creation of the wave, Black said the wave has been a part of his life for quite some time.

“I’m pro-wave,” Black smiled as he began reminiscing about the wave being done at a University of Washington football game at Husky Stadium in the early 1970s. “I loved the wave back in 1971 when I was a 14-year-old kid.”

But now that he’s a Major League manager? Is he still a fan of the wave?

“I would prefer all of the crowd up, not just certain people,” Black said.

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So it’s a mixed bag reaction on the wave. Our best advice? Have some fun. Cheer for the home team when you’re in the stands at Coors Field and do everything you can to help them win … and that includes maybe not doing the wave when a Rockies pitcher is trying to focus on hitting the strike zone.

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