Even the play­ers don’t know what’s go­ing on

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - MARISSA PAYNE

Team cel­e­bra­tions can be elab­o­rate; they can be silly; they can be in­tri­cate. But in the case of the Chicago Cubs, their team cel­e­bra­tion is barely no­tice­able. Per ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, who some­how wrote 800 words about this new cel­e­bra­tion: “[T]he Cubs (49-45) are lit­er­ally wav­ing at each other — first from the dugout to the hit­ter who reached base, then from the hit­ter back to the dugout in ac­knowl­edg­ment. The twist is that the base run­ner can freestyle with any cre­ative ges­ture he chooses.” No sur­prise, the cel­e­bra­tion has yet to be no­ticed widely on so­cial me­dia. A search “Cubs wave” elicited just one video on Twit­ter, and the user who posted it didn’t even seem to be aware that this was some sort of or­ga­nized team cel­e­bra­tion ef­fort. Fans aren’t alone in not notic­ing this new cel­e­bra­tion. Even mem­bers of the team are con­fused. “I don’t even know what we’re do­ing,” star Kris Bryant told Rogers. “No one is telling me. There’s no memo. All the other years, it was con­firmed, like ‘This is what we’re do­ing,’ but this year, are we wav­ing? Is ev­ery­one do­ing their own thing? It’s like, OK, what­ever. You wave at me. I’ll wave back to you.” Bryant ap­pears to be most con­fused that the base run­ner doesn’t have to wave but can do any man­ner of ges­tic­u­la­tion, ac­cord­ing to the un­writ­ten rules of the rit­ual. “We should have a team meet­ing on that,” Bryant said. “Are we wav­ing or what? For sin­gles, are we wav­ing? What about dou­bles? When I get on first, I’m just happy I got to first. Now I have to worry about wav­ing and think­ing about all this stuff.” Hope­fully, the Cubs can fig­ure this press­ing is­sue out, as the team tries to get back on track. Af­ter win­ning the World Se­ries last sea­son, the team has strug­gled to meet fans’ high ex­pec­ta­tions this sea­son, en­ter­ing the all-star break with a los­ing record. Since scoop­ing up left-han­der Jose Quin­tana from the White Sox, though, the Cubs have won six straight. That’s worth a wave.

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