Pray tell, what does it look like if you neither play it straight nor pick a creative gesture? If you just get on base and ignore your teammates’ waves? It looks like some HARASSMENT.

The runner on first must acknowledge his teammates, or he will be harassed by them. Most are on board, but some — such as the National League MVP — are so locked into the game that they sometimes forget.

“They’ve been getting on me,” Kris Bryant said with a smile. “I don’t even know what we’re doing. 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 has a point; it was honestly rude and, frankly, irresponsible for the Cubs to implement this celebration tactic without a memo or training session or other explicit distribution of information. In fact, the Harvard Business Review just published a handy-dandy article on how to communicate clearly during organizational change and the team seems to have violated just about every component of the first rule here—maybe the Cubs should do some reading!!!! Then they can communicate clearly the next time they implement some organizational change, like, say, if they mercifully ditch this flimsy-ass celebration for literally anything else.