A Whole Lot of Shaking Going On

One of the things sociologists study is collective behavior.  One form of collective behavior sweeping the sports world right now is the fad, or craze.  Fads are relatively short-lived phenomena – at least we can only hope.  The latest fad I’m talking about?  Making your own “Harlem Shake” video and posting it on the internet.  The St. Leo University Lions appear to have been the first baseball team to do it.  According to the Mercury News as of February 15, there were more than 12,000 different versions of “Harlem Shake” videos.  Now, February 15 was a long time ago (in internet years that is) – and, just a couple days ago, the Bowie Baysox added their own version.

However, the Baysox were not the first Orioles affiliate to do the Harlem Shake.  That honor goes to the Delmarva Shorebirds:

The Frederick Keys also joined in the fun:

Of course, not everyone is amused.  At a private high school in Shreveport, LA, members of the baseball team and other students were suspended after making their own versions of the video.  The assistant principal said the students involved are all “really good kids that made a bad decision.”  We could probably say that about a lot of the folks in on this craze…

~ baseballrebecca