Some major league teams have white towels, some bang plastic sticks; here in Cincinnati the Reds fans have created a truly unique way to not only energize our team, but also to make the opposing team player’s skin crawl.
Watch this clip of the origins of the Cincinnati Howl courtesy MLB and Laughatsports.com
The “Cincinnati Howl” started late in a game with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sept 10, 2012 as the game went into many extra innings going late into the night. A group of guys in the outfield started the Cincinnati Howl, and as is the magic atmosphere of Major League Baseball Parks the odd sounding Howl caught on. While the Pirates batted, the crowd Howled, Cawed, but more like, “Whaaaeow”ed. They got a reaction from some of the Pirates players and this locked THe Howl in forever.
The fact that the game was in its 13th inning, 4 innings longer than a normal game had most of the people remaining at the game sort of silly, or “Slap Happy”. The game was on a Monday night that the Cincinnati Bengals played earlier in the day and with school back in session attendance was down at the Reds game. This means that folks with cheaper seats can move up to the field, especially by the 13th inning on a small crowd Monday night game. The odd sound took off in the stadium from all over the place once the guys in the outfield got it going.
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