After winning Game 5 of the ALDS 3-0 over the Oakland A’s on Thursday, the Detroit Tigers gathered at the mound and did a chant and coordinated dance. Many were wondering what exactly the team was doing, and we learned it’s their version of the Haka dance.
The Haka dance is described on Wikipedia as a “traditional ancestral war cry, dance or challenge from the Māori people of New Zealand.” The New Zealand national rugby team aka “All Blacks” made the dance well known by doing it before competitions. They actually still do.
To see the real Haka dance performed by the All Blacks, watch the video below:
We’ve actually had a few Haka dance-related posts here at LBS in the past. Back in 2007, we noted that the WAC wouldn’t let Hawaii do the Haka dance. The football team likes to do it before games.
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