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Banning the wave: Is nothing sacred at Rangers stadium?

Banning the wave is the goal of many fans at Rangers Ballpark at Arlington, home of the Texas Rangers. Even though banning the wave is not official Ranger's policy, for two years the public address announcer has sought to discourage it.

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The U.S. flag is held by sailors before Game 5 of baseball's World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Texas Rangers Monday, Nov. 1, 2010, at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. Banning the wave is an effort currently ongoing at the Rangers' home park.

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What in the wide, wide world of sports is going on in Texas?

Reports out of the Lone Star state have the home of baseball's Texas Rangers banning the wave.

What's next: banning hot dogs because a wrapper might get on the field or CrackerJack sales because the prize inside isn't good enough?

We should note the no-wave effort is not an official Texas Rangers team policy. But Rangers public address announcer Chuck Morgan said he received requests, beseeching him to tell people not to do the wave in various sections of the ballpark, and he's doing his best to appease them.

"I was getting lots of emails and Tweets from fans during the game asking me to do something to stop the wave," said Morgan. "So I said, 'Let's see if we can have fun with it.'"

So, the fun part includes pithy statements posted on the stadium's video screens, telling fans young and old not to do the wave. Children caught waving, the announcement says, could be sold to the circus.

The Rangers no-wave ad concludes by saying the only proper places for doing the wave are at 'pro football games and Miley Cyrus concerts.'

But don't tell us you haven't been forewarned about this coming to a ballpark near you.


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