Baseball fans are typically split down the middle when asked if they enjoy or despise "the wave" during games.
They should all agree on one thing, though: The Birmingham Barons’ version of the wave is awesome.
Beginning this season, the Chicago White Sox Double-A affiliate has introduced the new wave into their seventh-inning stretch routine.
Instead of just standing up to stretch and sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” fans wave to patients at the Children's Hospital of Alabama, which is located beyond right field.
How cool is this?
Starting tonight, instead of a 7th Inning stretch, the @BhamBarons now do a 7th Inning Wave, where fans wave to the patients at the Children's Hospital of Alabama out in right field. pic.twitter.com/710D58DLXh
— Patrick Brickman (@PatrickBrickman) April 11, 2019
The University of Iowa deserves credit for beginning this ritual during the 2017 college football season.
After the first quarter of every home football game, the fans at Kinnick Stadium, plus the players and even the referees, take a moment to wave to the patients at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.
According to ABC 33/40, a local All-State insurance agent suggested the Barons create their own version of this heart-warming ritual. Once he saw it play out, Barons sales manager Don Leo told the station it "fit like a glove."
”When I saw it last night for the actual first time I was very pleased. It was a very good opportunity. I think just as a human being people enjoy working with Children’s hospital and what we can do for them as a baseball team.”
We agree completely.
It's great to see one of the best traditions in sports now find a place in baseball. Just like Iowa’s wave, it reminds us there are bigger things than sports. But that sports are also a great way to bring people together.
More from Yahoo Sports: