(This is Part VI of The D Live Culture Series)
The 27-year-old is an enthusiastic and unreserved homer, who spent the slog that was the 2013 season serving as the Blue Jays’ professional cheerleader inside the MLB Fan Cave.
As a kid she and her Dad would go on baseball road trips from their home in Campbellton, NB, and nothing would make eight-year-old April happier than stuffing her face with cotton candy while wailing her arms in the air as the wave rolled through her section.
But now even she has had enough. The wave, Whitzman says, has jumped the shark.
Oh, I would love to hear your reasoning for why this fun pass time has, “jumped the shark.”
Anti-wave activists can list a litany of reasons why the practice should be banned. It’s a sign of amateurishness and bad fandom; it’s annoying for the people who want to watch the game and it may even distract the players. Whitzman won’t name names, but she said that during her time in the MLB Fan Cave a handful of pros told her they couldn’t stand it.
But the biggest beef is that those conducting the wave tend to choose a pivotal moment in the game to steal the spotlight. “Timing is everything,” Whitzman says.
Anti-wave activists. Also known as party-poopers.
Lets look at their righteous reasons:
sign of amateurishness
Amateurishness – “a lack of the level of skill associated with an expert or professional”
First of all, nobody uses that word. Secondly, since when was going to a baseball or football game (or any sporting event for that matter) a skill one can be an expert of professional in?
Chill out. It’s just a game.
Being a fan is being part of a subculture. The fans you share a common team with and have companionship with makes being at the games even more fun. But hey, guess what, the people who do the wave are part of a subculture too.
And just like you can have a rival team, you can have rival sub cultures. The thing is, the other ‘team’ isn’t trying to get the other one silenced.
it’s annoying for the people who want to watch the game
Making a stink about people standing up and waving their arms and having a good time is no excuse to try and get it banned from stadiums.
It’s the same old victim mindset that I’ve written about in previous The D Live Culture Series posts.
If you’re there to just watch the game, how about, oh I don’t know, stay home and watch it!
Or, here’s a crazy idea, ignore them.
Feeling like you’re part of the game is way more fun. Try it out some time.
It’s like these people leave their special snowflake castles (their homes) then go out in the pubic and complain that their personal space isn’t as cozy.
Well hey guess what, life isn’t cozy. You get what you get and you don’t get upset.
it may even distract the players
If fans in the seats doing the wave distracts professional athletes during a game, then those professional athletes are no longer professional. Their skill set better be good enough to be able to play with distractions like that.
Have you ever been to a European football (soccer) match? There is no way a hastag like #KillTheWave would start.
Imagine if you were to complain to a Scot that he cannot say, “Ole ole ole ole!”
It would be pande-fucking-monium. Just be glad it’s not like that here in your precious fooseball game.
Also, when at a baseball game, I love when someone stands up and chirps the pitcher. It’s all part of the game.
But the biggest beef is that those conducting the wave tend to choose a pivotal moment in the game
THAT IS WHAT THE WAVE IS FOR!
To get up, get pumped up, and rally the troops to make a come back, or stay ahead.
Whitzman doesn’t want to be a killjoy. She says if there is a young kid in her row she’ll make an effort. But we aren’t teaching our children right if we encourage them to participate in the wave during an important part of the game, she says
So you’re recognizing you’re being a butt hurt buzzkill, but please, will someone think of the children!
Josh Murray, 33, leads a silent protest every time the wave rolls through his section at the Rogers Centre. He stays glued to his seat and hopes others follow suit. But he has had little success convincing others.
Josh, when was the last time you got laid? That long huh. Wow.
“I would be happy to never see The Wave again,” he said. “But short of public shaming the people who are doing it, I’m not sure what to do.”
You could take your limp wrist and try slapping those waving mother fuckers. But, then again, you’ve probably never been in a fight have you Josh. That’s why you shamming people is all you know.
Until then, she’ll continue to fight the good fight (EDIT: and Joshy boy will be right there with her, holding her purse).
The good fight, wow. You guys must have nothing important to spend your time with other then looking for things to complain about.
This isn’t a new phenomenon, it’s been around for a few years. But this is the first time I’ve heard about people trying to #KillTheWave.
I’ll be sure to post this to the hashtag for all those killjoys to see.
I did a little more hunting around and found that the common theme of these Anti-fun activists is: It’s Annoying
There’s that ‘muh feelz’ meme again. I’m starting to think The D Live Culture Series will have a never ending supply of things to write about.
Oh well, I’m ready for it.
DO YOU LIKE THE WAVE AT SPORTING EVENTS?
I voted YES.