by Chris Lingebach

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – With every new season comes new opportunity.

For one passionate collection of Nationals fans, that means a fresh crack of the bat at ridding the nation’s capital of ‘The Wave’ once and for all.

It all began sometime last season, probably when it became apparent the Nats were destined for the playoffs, signaling the time had finally come to teach casual fans the code ‘real fans’ live by.

Nats fans had dreamt of a day when their team would be taken seriously for seven seasons, but when it arrived it hadn’t yet become clear to a major portion of Nats fans – large enough to dominate television cameras – that The Wave is not representative of a knowledgeable baseball crowd.

In fact, it’s quite the opposite, as it became embarrassingly emblematic of just how fresh baseball still was to D.C. when the Nats took center stage in the NL pennant race.

“Kill it. It’s the worst thing in sports,” Nats pitcher Ryan Mattheus told the Washington Post last fall. “Sit down and watch the game. The thing about it is, you should be into what’s going on on the field, not what’s going on in the stands.”

And the more facetime the team got, the more noticeable it became to EVERYONE that the sport was just a sideshow in the nation’s capital.

But the boys at The Nationals Archive weren’t ready to let their city become a national laughing-stock.

They held out hope that Nats fans – although still gathering and uninformed – weren’t set enough in their waves that they couldn’t still be molded into an honorable fan base; an informed group that wouldn’t embarrass their team during nationally televised Fox, TBS or ESPN broadcasts.

Collectively, Nats Archive began distributing their message in every way possible.

With the help of Cap City Apparel, which began printing t-shirts, and the viral response from their grassroots campaign – consisting of the internet, one-sheets and word of mouth at games – they projected one unified voice: STOP THE WAVE.

Seriously, just stop it.

They’ve been reinvigorated with the new season, as blog after bog have caught onto their message like Bryce Harper onto Ricky Nolasco.

106.7 The Fan’s Holden and Danny jumped into the fray on Thursday:

“This will be a baseball town,” Danny said. “We’re going to shoehorn it into being a baseball town.”

“It can’t be a baseball town if you’re doing the wave,” Holden responded.

“When you’re team is pitching in a one-run ballgame in the eighth inning, that’s not wave time,” Danny said. “That’s get off your ass and clap time with two strikes.”

Nationals fans have an opportunity to redeem themselves, as every sign points to a second playoff run in 2013, but the transformation to an Anti-Wave majority has to take place immediately, and it starts with you.

And it starts … right now.

Below is an image displaying a very simple message, endorsed by current Nationals players, for you to share on every social network you have at your disposal.

It is your duty – as fans of D.C. baseball – to spread the gospel, in the name of preventing your team, your representatives from further embarrassment amongst their peers.

But first, you’ll have to ask yourself: Am I a ‘Real Fan’ or just a Wave Fan?

So the next time you spot a pocket of fans plotting to spread their Wave propaganda to weak-willed individuals around them, shout: “I CAN’T SEE!”

They’ll sit down.

Besides, they’re just starting one to take credit for it anyways.

In conclusion, the wave is for fans of terrible teams. Winning baseball games may be new to Washington, but act like you’ve been there before.

You have full permission to copy and paste the photo below wherever you choose. In fact, we recommend it…

Thanks to @JackoBeam, @NatsArchive and @CapCityApparel for the info that contributed to the report.

Stop The Wave - Nationals Archive


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