We've all been to a stadium where it's done. We've all wondered why.
The wave is a longstanding sports tradition to distract an opponent. But, too many times, the fans do it at the wrong time and it ends up distracting the home team instead.
This week, when the Miami Marlins visited Arlington to take on the Texas Rangers, the Rangers got creative in their attempts to keep the wave out of the stadium.
It's something the team has been trying to joke and do all season.
This week, however, they invoked LeBron James' NBA Finals cramping incident.
The warning, which ESPNDallas.com credited to executive vice president of ballpark entertainment and productions Chuck Morgan, said: "The Republic of Texas Constitution written in 1836 states: a facility has the right, when playing a team from Miami, to turn off the air conditioning in the facility. If the wave continues, the AC will be turned off here tonight."
There was a photo of LeBron getting carried off the court in San Antonio to go with it, and it got plenty of fan laughs.
"We've done this for four or five years," Morgan told ESPNDallas.com. "I get hundreds of tweets from fans to stop the wave. I'm a guy that says that anyone can come to the ballpark and do whatever he wants, as long as he doesn't offend anyone around him. But there's some feedback I've gotten from players that there are better times to do it. You can't stop it, but we can have some fun with it."
It wasn't the first time Morgan tried a plan like this.
The last time, it was a bobblehead with a black eye that was posted on the screen with the message "ATTENTION: Due to amount of injuries sustained in this ballpark ... state of Texas medical officials are advising that persons should not attempt doing the wave any time during games."
There's a point in there. The wave is a bad tradition. It prevents people from fully seeing the game, and it's pointless. But, it's also fun to see or do, which is why people continue to do it. Especially if they've had a few cocktails.
The Rangers have done this in the past too, coming up with other creative ways to discourage the wave.
"Surgeons have determined that doing the wave will, yes, will cause tears to the infraspinatus muscle and the infraspinatus muscle from the throwing of one's arms rapidly into thin air. In addition, any children doing the wave will be sold to the circus. Do not do the wave in the ballpark, doing the wave is safe at pro football games and Miley Cyrus concerts."
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