I’m sure every ballplayer has opinions about what fans should and shouldn’t do at the ballpark. However, most of them keep those opinions to themselves. But New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard is no longer one of those ballplayers. He’s broadcasting his opinions on ballpark etiquette to the world, and his first target is the wave.
The wave is one of those ballpark rituals that inspires very strong reactions. Some people find it pointless and disruptive. Others think it’s a fun way to break up a long game. We definitely know what camp Syndergaard is in.
To be fair, the wave is lot different if you’re not in the stands actually doing it. If you’re playing the game and the wave is happening around you, it’s easy to imagine how unbelievably annoying that might be. You’re on the mound, trying to concentrate and throw a great pitch to get a guy out, and people are standing and sitting and standing and sitting for seemingly no reason at all, round and round the ballpark.
But Syndergaard’s opinions on baseball etiquette don’t stop with the wave. SNY, the regional sports network that broadcasts (and is partially owned by) the Mets, posted a video of Syndergaard educating the public about proper baseball etiquette at Citi Field.
Noah Syndergaard is thoroughly delightful and charming, which makes his etiquette rules easier to take. Here are some highlights from the video:
If you’re sitting in the front row, don’t interfere with a player trying to make a catch.
DON’T DO THE WAVE.
Don’t take a free t-shirt away from children or the elderly.
Don’t yak on the phone while the game is going on.
Don’t boo Noah Syndergaard.
These are all fairly common sense rules. And now thanks to Noah Syndergaard, you can put them into action the next time you’re at Citi Field.
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