Stand Up and Yell WOO If You Hate the Wave

The sun is shining hot and bright on this Southern California day, the sky is a cloudless pale blue. Dodger Stadium is filled to the pavilions with fans. A beach ball bounces lazily around the stadium. If I’m lucky it’ll bop someone in the face who’s on the phone instead of watching the game. That pleases me.

As we roll into the seventh inning stretch, the Dodgers are winning, of course – when suddenly it happens. IT happens. A man across the stadium stands up. I swear he’s looking right at me. My already sun red face feels even hotter. He’s going to do it. OhMyGod there he goes…

This man, this instigator, throws his hands in the air and yells, “WOOOO!” I scream, “Noooooooooo!” But, it’s too late.

The section next to him has already stood up and they too throw their hands in the air and yell, “WOOOO!”

It’s begun – The Wave is rolling towards me like a desperate Giants fan trying to show me pictures of their World Series rings to prove they were once good. I’m helpless to stop it.

The people around me shift in their seats excitedly waiting their turn to jump up and yell WOO. At this moment, I hate them all. The Wave is one section away and coming at me fast. From across the stadium, I see the Wave Starter sneer at me. He holds up his beer as if to toast my hate. He might be laughing, but I’m not sure because The Wave has come and I must stand up, throw my hands in the air and yell, “WOOOO!”

I truly hate myself.

The Wave, what’s to hate? Do you hate fun? For the record, I do not hate fun. I love fun! The truth of the matter is I’m at a baseball game. I love baseball just about more than anything else in life. I’ve got a cold beer, a Dodger Dog (or two!) and my glove. All of these things are very important to me. And then, here comes The Wave. The chance of dropping my food and spilling my beer rises exponentially.

Now if a dinger comes towards me I throw the stuff aside, because dingers are awesome and fun and worthy of losing food and beer over. But, standing up and yelling WOO is not worthy. There it is. That’s my beef with the wave. I like beer and food. Even if we don’t agree on the merits of The Wave can we at least agree beer and food are great and dropping them not great?

I’ve done extensive research on The Wave’s origin…
(Narrator: it wasn’t extensive, she Googled it and went with the first answer.)

And this is what I’ve found.

As the story goes the first recorded Wave occurred in Oakland at an Athletics’ playoff game against the New York Yankees on Oct. 15, 1981. It was organized and led by professional cheerleader Krazy George Henderson and was seen by a national TV audience and captured on film.   ~ESPN.COM Doug Williams, 2013

Come on, 1981 people! That’s 36 years ago! Do you still wear fingerless, lacy gloves like Madonna? Moonwalk? And style your hair into a skyscraper held in place with AquaNet? Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Cody Bellinger won’t get that reference, but he’s a baseball God, so I’ll forgive him.

Twitter pal Mike shared this great Stop the Wave campaign photo and I like the way Arlington thinks on this.

Stop The Wave Campaign in Arlington.

Because I’m curious by nature, I wanted to hear the fans view on The Wave. So I went to the foremost expert on everything –  Twitter and asked the greatest fans on earth what they thought. This highly scientific Twitter poll shows Haters of Fun rule when it comes to the Wave. But, Bored Indifference is a close second. Indifference is almost hate so I’m putting them in the hate column. As for the Love It crowd, well that doesn’t fit my narrative so I’m calling #FakeNews and moving on to the results of my making – Retire the Wave everyone hates it.

Dodger Fans Chime In

In conclusion my friends, this was all in good fun and I thank you for playing along. You gave my Twitter timeline a fun and robust debate. Although I confess, I remain firmly in the #RetireTheWave camp. However, so many of you responded with how happy it makes your kids, and like Vin Scully, I have a soft spot for the wee little Dodger fans. So, do the Wave if you must, but I’m going to stay seated while clutching my beer, Dodger Dogs and glove… until a dinger comes my way then LOOK OUT!

You can Follow me on Twitter @JodyWHL 

*A very special shout out and THANK YOU to Philbert for the wonderful header illustration. Follow him on Twitter @DodgersBluePen and to see more of his awesome drawings, opinions and essays visit him at

Written by Jody Wahl

Jody was born and raised in Southern California. She currently splits her time between CA and CO. She has been a true blue Dodger fan since birth. She also roots heartily for the LA Kings and the Green Bay Packers. Jody firmly believes the NL should not adopt the DH. Let 'em hit.


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  1. Have some common sense when doing the wave. Preferably not when we have our pitcher on the mound at a home game.

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