And this certainly ain’t based on the Dohamelsin principle.
The void this year at Wrigley is palpable. It’s in the empty seats, the dugout depopulated by trades, and fans’ attitudes, too. But why, after all these years, would the Wave appear now at Wrigley?
Here’s my theory: it has to do with owners and fans, and their respective assumptions about what matters.
When owners play heavy metal music at make-your-ears-bleed volume, or have constant Jumbotron ######## going on during every half-inning, it shows that management assumes that the fans need more than the game to be entertained. And that’s U.S. Cellular in a nutshell. The product on the field isn’t enough, even with the White Sox in first place. The pauses that baseball allows, to ponder the next inning’s first three hitters, to consider the last inning’s action, will not do.
The Wave expresses that same impulse, but in the opposite direction.
The Wave is the fans telling owners that the game on the field—and even the Jumbotron–is not enough, that they are not sufficiently entertained and so they must entertain themselves.
That’s what should worry the Cubs management about last week’s Wave, which may not have been the first and almost certainly won’t be the last.
Bowden’s walk to Harrell didn’t lead to another run, so the Cubs only lost 10-1. The fans doing the Wave didn’t miss anything in terms of baseball action or entertainment.
In this case, the Wave itself was the important action, because it suggests a powerful change taking place on the North Side. And not a good one.
Posted: August 22, 2012 at 10:47 AM | 29 comment(s)
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