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5th grader claims to have started Reds' game howling craze

TRENTON, OH (FOX19) -

It's a craze that has taken over Great American Ball Park and has the entire Tri-State talking, or actually howling.

At Monday night's extra inning game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, fans began howling, and Max Collett, 11, of Trenton was the person to start it.

"I wanted to make the Pirates get out and to make the Pirates lose," said Collett whose favorite Reds player is Joey Votto.  

The howling has worked.

The Reds swept the Pirates, including a 14-inning marathon on Monday when Max started the howling. He was at his first Reds game of the season with his family for his birthday.

"He had so many concession stand food and sugar, he was wired," said John Collett, Max's father.  "I didn't think much of it until it started bouncing around the park and then we all got into it."

The craze has its critics, including Max's older brother.

"At first I thought it was annoying, but I guess now it is pretty cool because it's famous I guess," said Jake Collett, a freshman at Edgewood High School.

"I've got some friends that want to choke the little guy that came up with it, some people think it is annoying," said John Collett. "It's cool, it's fun, go Reds, World Series bound."

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