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July 22, 2014 at 2:02 pm ET
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The Light Wave

Amidst slinging arrows at a crooked-capped Fernando Rodney, upgrading an already lights-out bullpen, Mike Trout snatching and rounding first with Derek Jeter’s face-of-baseball torch and earning the second best record in baseball, a phenomenon has developed at Angel Stadium over the past two months. The light wave. 1406051747_background-wave-of-light

The light wave occurs in about the 6th inning at Angel Stadium when fans flash the LED lights on their smart phones. I first noticed it at a game in late June and had no idea what the hell was going on. But I liked it. For whatever reason, I dig the ambiance lights create. Whether it’s dimly lit candles and Halloween time or white circular bulbs streamed over a patio, I’m in. But back to Angel Stadium. The lights twinkle like stars. And my stomach flutters with excitement.

Southern California baseball fans get a rap around the league that they are aloof to the actual game. Rally Monkeys, the wave (the regular one) and bouncing beach balls in the bleachers don’t help that reputation. And neither does this. But hell, the Los Angeles Dodgers lead baseball in attendance for the second straight year, the Angels are fifth and surpassed the 3 million mark in 2013 despite finishing 10 games under .500. Excuse them for having fun.

The blog Trout Baseball dug in to the origin of the light wave on July 8, the same day the above and below videos were recorded.

A seemingly spontaneous fan reaction has begun to take place at Angel Stadium in 2014. Fans flashing their cell phones by turning on the strobe light function on their smart phone LED lights. This doesn’t seem to be coordinated at all by anyone or any event. Angel Stadium officials via social media have requested that fans only do this during the Away Team at bats.

At the game on July 8, my buddy Sam and I sat along the third base line and joined in for a bit. We turned on the flash light function on our iPhones and flickered our fingers across the light. After about five minutes I got bored. And really, the stadium lights drown out the coolness effect. It looks best far up in the right field upper view where it’s dark and dirty deeds are likely done each night.

When you watch your team on TV play at Angel Stadium, that’s what those California hippies are doing. Maybe tonight we can just flash the stadium lighting every time Orioles Adam Jones bats. Because 40,000 iPhones aren’t going to stop that beast.

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