I went to the Oakland A's tailgate on Saturday with a bunch of friends. Tailgates(at least with my friends) entail grilling some rub a dub grub, drinking beers, talking non-sense (this increases with beer)and realizing it's the 4th inning and debating whether it's worth going inside or not. All this happens in the parking lot of the stadium in which you are about to see the game.
Well after a long debate we decided to enter the stadium. My goal was simple, especially since I had no interest in watching the baseball game: I wanted to start a successful wave around the stadium. This required me standing in front of all the fans in my section and explaining my intent on starting the wave and getting them to all get up on the count of 3. I did this about 8 times and we were successful in getting about 1/3 of the stadium to partake. After this I was discouraged and sat down. Then came a father and his son Dejon.
These guys convinced me that getting 1/3 of the stadium to do the wave merited another attempt. Father and Dejon went to the other side of the stadium and motivated the forces there while my girlfriend and I motivated the south end. Eventually we got the stadium to do the wave 3 times around!
We nearly got booted out by security because supposedly there are some fans that would rather watch the Oakland A's play than see my clown face motivating a crowd to do a wave. All in all I would say starting this wave was one of the top 5 things I'm most proud of in my life thus far. In fact if I died tomorrow I'd request someone put on my tombstone "oh yeah...and Eric started that wave that one time."