From CSN Bay Area:
[The "Bernie" is] a dance that got started when a rapper known as ISA released the song 'Moving like Bernie' back in 2010. So why in 2012 has this caught on with the A's? "We started playing it in the clubhouse a couple weeks back and Brandon Inge loved it," reliever Jim Miller said with a grin. "He changed it to his walk-up song. We've been having a good time with it."
It sure looks like it. And in a sign that my pop culture sensibilities probably need to move past 1989, it appears that a lot of kids have been doing the Bernie voodoo dance for the past few years (despite the fact that I'd never heard of it before Monday). Here's the Bonita High baseball squad doing it in its locker room back in 2011. And here's the Wofford men's basketball team celebrating its 2011 NCAA tournament berth with the Bernie. At any rate, now it has spread to Oakland where the A's have a chance to make it 2012's version of Milwaukee's Beast Mode or Texas' Claws and Antlers. But lest this go too far, let it be known that dragging the body of Charlie O. Finley back into the Coliseum for the playoff run would be in violation of several laws and local statutes. Locating a Howard the Duck costume for Tommy Milone to wear during his rookie hazing, however, is still perfectly legal (though perhaps it's still in similar bad taste).
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