The debate over the wave has roiled Nats Town for as long as there was a town to be roiled. Is it fake fandom, or joyous enthusiasm? Something to be mocked, or something to be celebrated? The debate’s latest incarnation came Saturday night, when the Nats were being routed at home against the Mets, at a time when every game is close to a must-win. This made the wave particularly egregious to some, and especially fine to others.
As with most things in life, I’m of two minds on this issue. On the one hand, there were surely a lot of bored fans waiting out a non-competitive game, and why shouldn’t they have a bit of fun? On the other hand, such off-field distractions might give the impression that D.C. fans aren’t crushed by that game and this season, and are fine with bread and circuses and President’s Races. On the one hand, sports is entertainment, and if the game has ceased to be entertaining, how can you argue with fans taking matters into their own hands? On the other hand, breakdancing is cool, but not super appropriate at a funeral. On the one hand, you might be distracting the pitcher. On the other hand, you might be distracting a 6-year old kid. Etc. etc., until Tevye shouts that there is no other hand and starts stomping around and going on about tradition.
Anyhow, even potential anti-wavists were bored enough by this point on Saturday to provide video of the waves in question. There were at least nine full-bore attempts, with several of the efforts meeting any fair definition of success.
That fan wave just went around the Nats stadium 6 consecutive times… #Natitude
— Tyler Dunmyer (@TylerDunmyer) September 1, 2013
It only took 9 innings to get the whole stadium to do the wave at the Nats game.. We’re struggling a little today!
— Crystal (@cnieves1305) September 1, 2013
The quintuple lap wave was the most exciting thing to happen at nats park tonight
— Robert Kelly (@bobbykelly22) September 1, 2013
Nats fans do the wave. Probably saying bye bye to their playoff chances, amirite?
— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) September 1, 2013
#Nats down 11-2 in the top of the 9th, fans are bored and doing the wave successfully around the stadium. Made it at least three times.
— Chase Hughes (@chasehughesCSN) September 1, 2013
— Luigi de Guzman (@ouij) September 1, 2013
Nats fans doing the wave down nine as their playoff chances go down in flames.
— Jeffrey Paternostro (@jeffpaternostro) September 1, 2013
@dcsportsbog The Wave is making a comeback at Nats park. Twice in 3 nights from what I’ve seen. Thought it was banned.
— Alex Costa (@C_OS_TA) September 1, 2013
— Zach M (@Zakattack82) September 1, 2013
— Allen J. Kha (@allenjkha) September 1, 2013
#Natitude apparently = “The Wave”
— Ken Marston (@NeoBhagwan) September 1, 2013