In high school on the baseball team, we had this pregame ritual … and we did this thing and it changes from year to year, um, um, on what it’s called. But, usually it’s called the Beaver Call.
We get in a circle behind the dugout and we do this… well my senior year, we tried to change it to the rat call for this guy, “Rat”, and uh.. there are talks of my brother being in the middle next year and they’d call it the Budde Call (pronounced like booty call).
But basically you just jump up and down like idiots and do this chant.
Beaver 1, Beaver All
Let’s all do the Beaver Call
(makes noise with mouth)
Beaver 2, Beaver 3
Let’s all climb the Beaver Tree
(mimes climbing a tree)
Beaver 4, Beaver 5
Let’s all do the Beaver Jive
Beaver 6, Beaver 7
Let’s all go to Beaver Heaven
(points up, dances more)
Beaver 8, Beaver 9
Stop! It’s BEAVER TIME!
(freaks out, dances/jumps crazily)
Was the Beaver your school mascot?
Why did you do this?
Tradition. It was just like every year we did it- it’s a pregame warmup. And it hypes you up for the game.
How long has it been a part of your team?
No idea… well beyond my knowledge.
How do you learn it?
Just from older guys on the team before it. Just Varsity does it. So, sort of yeah, a rite of passage.
I asked my friend to tell me if he had any baseball rituals because I knew he played in high school. This was the only one he had, but he let me record him doing it while he got ready for a formal event, which I thought was very funny. It was supposed to be a one on one collection, but his roommate, a separate informant, was in the room and interjected that he had also done the Beaver Call except at his camp.
Sports rituals, especially ones that are only for the Varsity team or older players, also seem to be rites of passage. I wouldn’t be surprised if kids on the JV and freshman teams also know the Beaver Call but know not to do it until they are in that inner group and have the honor to dance about.
Also, it was interesting how perfectly he remembered it and told it without embarrassment.