Be brave and send “The Wave” to it’s grave

6/7/09                                       My 300th Entry!

Wow, take a few days off from blogging and the Rockies get their sheet together so to speak. The Rockies are confusing to me. I’m enjoying the ride but I never exactly know where we’re going or how long we’re staying.

                                      Such is life if you’re a Rockies fan.

                                          What is “The Wave” ?

A repeating and periodic disturbance which moves through a medium from one location to another is referred to as a wave.

                              Where did “The Wave” originate?

Depending on who you talk to there are several people who lay claim this honor. The first was a guy named “Krazy” George Henderson who according to some started the first wave at an Oakland A’s game in October 1981.

Another of the theories says that the first wave was attempted at a Washington Huskies football game in 1981 by TV personality Robb Weller and Bill Bissell the marching band director.

There are others who claim to have started “The Wave” but it was 1986 World Cup in Mexico that took “The Wave” worldwide.

             It was referred to as “The Mexican Wave” or “La Ola” by the broadcasters.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that it is officially time for Rockies fans to retire our washed up version of “The Wave”.

                             Below is an example I filmed of a Coors Field “Wave”.

Most of ‘The Waves” at Coors Field are much worse than that. I think “The Wave” has outlived it’s usefulness and now it’s just an embarrassment to witness such a wimpy display of wavemenship.

This discouraging display of dexterity could be the reason the Rockies have played poorly at Coors Field this season.

It’s not like the players can’t see this pathetic performance from their patrons. Maybe witnessing the washed up wave gets inside their heads and messes with their flow.

                               You never know? Hecklers swear by it. 

I say no more. Never again will I let the “just go with the flow” type of mentality entice me to stand up while juggling a camera, brat and my baseball glove.

Next time you’re at a game and you begin to “Feel it” and you think you should be the one to stand up and start the wave in your section…

                    Don’t, don’t do it. Resist that urge to make an fool of yourself.

If you have to stand up and do something, start a chant. Every time you stand up and perform “The Wave” you’re waving our chances of a win right out of the stadium.

Let’s end this knee jerking nonsense now. Baseball is a very superstitious sport. I think a poorly performed wave sends a message of “I don’t care” and I have to believe that all Rockies fans care.

                           I don’t want to be part of sending the wrong message.   

    You won’t see this Rockies fan taking the risk of spilling his six-dollar drink again.  

                           Let’s do the right thing and send the wave to it’s grave.
tombstone the wave1.jpg            The Wave is not a Coors Field tradition. We need to think of our own tradition.

I say any opposing teams home run ball that is caught or snagged should be tossed not onto the field but into the visiting teams bullpen.

                 Stand up and be heard as you take a seat against the wave 🙂

                                  Go Rockies, bring that win streak home…DThumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Green Floppy Hat.JPG



  1. welikeroywelikeroy

    I always take part in ‘the wave,’ but I really don’t get the point of it. And why is it called ‘the wave?’ Can anyone actually see you? If they could? Who, in particular, are you waving to? Also, why doesn’t the crowd say ‘Hello’ when they wave? That is what I do. I say ‘hello,’ because I actually pretend that I am waiving.

    I know that sounds like a Jerry Seinfeld bit, but I really don’t get ‘the wave’ either. They always do at Jay games too!

  2. "D" The Rockpile Ranter

    HOMIE-That’s funny brotha. You’re right, most people say woooooo when they do the wave. If they said Hello at least it would make sense?…D

  3. luvmyrox

    Haha! I’d say that is a pretty darn good wave, for Coors field. I’ve seen much, much sadder ones than that, heehee. I will join in if a good one comes around, but most of the time I just pretend I don’t see those pathetic attempts . 😀

    Hey D. . . FOUR in a ROW!! Wooooooot!!!

  4. Ballhawk Shawn

    Rockpile Ranter! Whats up! I’m going to see my hometown Brewers take on the Rockies soon, do you have any tips/nicknames/tricks for winning the Rockies over? Who is the friendliest? Who shouldnt I waste my time on? Any help would be greatly appreciated!


  5. "D" The Rockpile Ranter

    Hey Shawn,
    My advice is to get as close to the Rockies dugout about 45 minutes to an hour before the game starts. If Iannetta is playing he has a pre-game warmup ritual of signing for 5 minutes or so. Spilborghs is really good about signing before the game. It’s about 50/50 as to whether each individual player signs here at Coors Field on any given game. I know the Rockies are really good about supporting their fans on the road so good luck with that Shawn. Let me know how you did…D

  6. rockieluv

    Hey D,
    300? Wow. Keep’em coming. I’ll look forward to #1000.
    Love the idea of throwing the opposing team’s homerun ball in their bullpen. Ha! Ha! And yeah, the wave is kind of done. Would be cool to come up with something unique. Maybe you could have a contest to see what else we could do.
    Go Rockies!

  7. "D" The Rockpile Ranter

    R-LUV-Thanks, I’ll make a thousand, bet on it.
    JULIA-To each is own. I won’t hold it against you 🙂
    SUE-Agreed, I don’t like the distraction.
    EMILY-It’s right up there with sitting in front of a drunk heckler…D

  8. OpenStance

    Rant Man –
    Per our discussion of today, here
    is the link to the column I wrote about the wave for Boston Baseball magazine.
    That was 1995, and I was sick of it then!
    welikeroywelikeroy – It doesn’t take a physics major to understand that it’s
    called "the wave" because someone thought it looked like a roiling ocean
    wave. It’s not because you’re waving at somebody.
    And, please stop it!

  9. "D" The Rockpile Ranter

    Douglas-I’ll check that out. Thanks for the link. You’re an interesting fella to talk to should be some good reading as you’ve been doing this for a while…D

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