Bobbleheads of the Independent Leagues


Yesterday, I published my annual list of bobbleheads being given away by Major League and Minor League Baseball teams. However, MLB and MiLB aren’t the only games in town. Currently there are seven Independent Leagues in professional baseball. The more established leagues (those that have been around for at least 10 years) are the American Association, the Atlantic League, the Canadian-American League, and the Frontier League. Three leagues were founded more recently: the Pecos League (founded 2011), the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs (2013), and the newly formed Mount Rainier Professional Baseball League.

I suspect that due to their independence from Major League Baseball (and MLB’s monetary coffers), independent league teams are less likely to have the sponsorship support that teams affiliated with MLB have. Thus, the independent league teams seem to have fewer “big ticket” giveaways and promotions. However, there is a significant amount of bobbleheads and figurines up for grabs this season at independent league ballparks. Below is the list I was able to cobble together from the teams’ various website.

Of course, independent league teams, like MLB and MiLB teams, have a variety of other promotions and giveaways scheduled for this season. I’ll publish those over the next few days.

~ baseballrebecca

Date Team Bobblehead, Gnome, Figurine, Etc.
5/1 Long Island Ducks Lew Ford Bronze Figurine
5/6 Bridgeport Bluefish Mayor Bill Finch
5/29 Rockford Aviators TBA
5/30 Lancaster Barnstormers Robert Fulton
6/12 Bridgeport Bluefish Ringmaster Fred Hall
6/13 River City Rascals Todd Worrell (Bobblehead and Appearance)
6/13 So. Maryland Blue Crabs Stan Cliburn “Stomp the ‘Sharks’” Bobblehead (v. Camden Riversharks)
6/23 Winnipeg Goldeyes Ace Walker
6/24 Bridgeport Bluefish B.B. Bobblehead
7/1 Bridgeport Bluefish P.T. Barnum
7/2 Rockford Aviators TBA
7/18 Lancaster Barnstormers Jim Furyk
7/21 Kansas City T-Bones Jake Blackwood
7/31 Lancaster Barnstormers Johnny Weir
8/1 Bridgeport Bluefish Bobby Valentine
8/2 Long Island Ducks Elizabeth Hashagen
8/5 St. Paul Saints King Boreas
8/15 Rockford Aviators Western Bobblehead
8/16 Long Island Ducks Ray Navarrete
8/21 Rockford Aviators Superhero Bobblehead
8/22 Wichita Wingnuts Anthony Capra Bobble-Butt
8/26 Bridgeport Bluefish James O’Rourke
8/29 So. Maryland Blue Crabs Jeremy Owens “Duck Hunting” Bobblehead (v. L.I. Ducks)
9/9 Bridgeport Bluefish Chaz and AJ
9/13 Somerset Patriots Fan Choice Bobblehead
9/16 Bridgeport Bluefish George H.W. Bush

 

The Annual Bobble List


Livan Hernandez bobbleheadThis past Monday, I got my first in-park bobblehead of the year:  Livan Hernandez. This bobble had been on my calendar since before the season started. But I suppose you can’t say it was my first bobblehead for this year – before this year’s promotions schedules were even announced, I made sure I got Zach Britton and Jayson Werth – no more Jayson Werth incidents for this Baseball Sociologist! (It takes much less effort to get free bobbleheads with my annual purchase of ticket packs from the Bowie Baysox.)

Of course, these days my list gets scooped by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, which has a much more extensive list than I do. But I still get a kick out of putting together my own list. However, over the next weeks or so, I’ll post more about this year’s major- and minor league promotion schedules.  After all, there is more to life than bobbleheads.

In fact, its not just heads that are bobbling this year. You can get a bobble waist (5/23), bobble biceps (6/27), bobble belly (8/9), bobble legs (9/5), and – I kid you not – a bobble butt (8/22 at the Wichita Wingnuts). Below is the list of bobbleheads, figurines, gnomes, and similar giveaways at Major League and Minor League Baseball stadiums this year (the bobble dates that have already passed appear at the end of the list). For now, the list does not include independent league teams, such as the Wichita Wingnuts. I’ll post those at a later date.

In the meantime, happy collecting!

~ baseballrebecca

Date Team Bobblehead, Gnome, Figurine, etc.
5/8 Dbacks Josh Collmenter
5/8 Erie Steven Moya OYO
5/9 Giants Hunter Pence “Fence Catch” Bobblehead
5/9 Harrisburg Anthony Rendon
5/9 Mariners Fernando Rodney
5/9 Rays Evan Longoria Walkup Music Bobblehead
5/10 Brewers BobbleHank (mascot)
5/12 Dodgers Clayton Kershaw
5/14 Altoona Starling Marte Partay Bobblehead
5/14 New Britain David Ortiz
5/16 Astros Dallas Keuchel “Gold Glove” Gnome
5/16 Reds Johnny Bench
5/20 Braves Javy Lopez
5/21 Boston Luis Tiant
5/22 Erie C. Wolf Garden Gnome (mascot)
5/23 Dodgers Adrian Gonzalez
5/23 Pirates Josh Harrison
5/23 Scranton-WB CHAMP-Vadar Bobble Waist (mascot)
5/23 Syracuse Chiefs Billy Gardner Jr. Gnome
5/23 White Sox Paul Konerko Replica Statute
5/25 Dodgers Tommy Lasorda Garden Gnome
5/28 A’s Stephen Vogt Referee Bobblehead
5/29 Altoona Tony Watson “Elementary” Bobblehead
5/29 Angels Matt Shoemaker
5/29 Cardinals Whitey Herzog Garden Gnome
5/29 Mississippi Braves Christian Bethancourt
5/30 Akron Truffle Shuffle Bobblehead
5/30 Cardinals Ozzie Smith
5/30 Giants Giants World Champions Postseasons Heroes Bobblehead (Belt, Crawford, or Petit)
5/30 Reds Billy Hamilton
5/30 Scranton Dellin Betances
5/31 Brewers Bud Selig
5/31 Cubs Clark W Flag Bobblehead (mascot?)
6/2 Boston Mike Napoli
6/2 Mariners Kyle Seager
6/2 Phillies Vintage Phillies Bobblehead
6/2 Portland Christian Vazquez
6/4 Dodgers Kenley Jansen
6/4 Mississippi Braves Tri-Bobblehead featuring Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine, and Greg Maddux
6/4 Nationals Ryan Zimmerman
6/4 White Sox Bobby Jenks World Series Moment
6/5 Mississippi Braves Mycal Jones
6/6 Dbacks Tony LaRussa
6/6 Indians Corey Kluber
6/6 Montgomery Desmond Jennings
6/6 Reds Barry Larkin
6/6 Royals Lorenzo Cain
6/7 Blue Jays Marcus Stroman
6/7 Rockies Troy Tulowitzki
6/9 Braves David Justice
6/11 Mississippi Braves John Smoltz
6/12 Angels Kole Calhoun
6/12 Mississippi Braves Barrett Kleinknecht
6/13 Cubs Joe Maddon
6/13 Giants Giants World Champions Postseasons Heroes Bobblehead (Affeldt, Ishikawa, or Panik)
6/13 Hagerstown Mike Mussina
6/13 Louisville Devin Masoraco
6/13 Potomac Steven Souza “The Catch” Figurine Giveaway
6/13 Scranton Derek Jeter
6/14 Brewers Carlos Gomez
6/14 Rangers Elvis Andrus Stolen Base Garden Gnome
6/18 Yankees Thurman Munson
6/19 Frederick Keys Pat Sajak (including appearance by Pat Sajak)
6/19 Twins Paul Molitor
6/20 A’s Sonny Gray Solar Powered Gnome
6/20 Akron Larry Nance
6/20 Altoona Josh Harrison Garden Gnome
6/20 Reds Brandon Phillips
6/20 Royals Mike Moustakas
6/23 Rangers Prince Fielder
6/25 Mississippi Braves Aaron Holbert
6/25 Tigers Victor Martinez
6/26 Birmingham Tim Anderson
6/27 Akron Albert Belle Bobble Biceps
6/27 Baltimore Buck Showalter Garden Gnome
6/27 Pirates Starling Marte
6/27 Scranton Rob Refsnyder
6/28 Brewers Paul Molitor
6/28 Giants Hello Kitty
6/29 Potomac Michael Taylor “Flattop” MLB Debut Bobblehead
7/1 Tigers Yoenis Cespedes
7/2 New Britain Kennys Vargas
7/5 Cardinals Ozzie Smith Bronze Statue
7/5 Nationals Stephen Strasburg
7/5 Potomac Wilson Ramos Buff-A-Rine
7/6 Dodgers Maury Wills
7/7 Richmond Hunter Strickland
7/8 Indians Carlos Santana
7/8 Lakewood Ken Giles “Made the Phillies” Bobblehead
7/8 Yankees Dellin Betances Figurine
7/11 Arkansas Matt Shoemaker
7/11 Dodgers Juan Uribe
7/11 Mariners Nelson Cruz
7/11 Mets Juan Lagares
7/11 Twins Phil Hughes
7/12 Marlins Henderson Alvarez
7/12 Rangers Michael Young
7/15 Lowell Dogman (local personality)
7/17 Erie Lance Parrish
7/17 Mississippi Braves Julio Teheran
7/18 A’s Hello Kitty
7/18 Cardinals Matt Carpenter
7/18 Dbacks A.J. Pollock Star Wars Bobblehead
7/18 Staten Island Dellin Betances
7/18 Wilmington Rocky Bluewinkle Hero Bobblehead (mascot)
7/19 Bowie Baysox Babe Ruth
7/19 Brewers Khris Davis
7/20 Portland Henry Owens
7/20 Tigers David Price
7/21 Lowell Fan Vote Bobble Head
7/23 Lowell Keith Aucoin (NHL)
7/24 Cardinals Al Hrabosky
7/24 Cubs Billy Williams Replica Statute
7/24 Mississippi Braves Braeden Schlehuber
7/24 Rockies Charlie Blackmon
7/24 Trenton CC Sabathia
7/25 Akron Pedro Cerrano
7/25 Cubs Jorge Soler
7/25 Dbacks Randy Johnson Hall of Fame Bobblehead
7/25 Frederick Keys Zach Britton
7/25 Giants Hunter Pence Gnome
7/25 Gwinnett Bobby Cox
7/25 Hagerstown Dane Anthony
7/25 Indians Larry Doby Replica Statue
7/25 Royals Yordano Ventura
7/25 Twins Brian Dozier
7/26 Lowell Pete Frates (Boston College) Bobble Ice Bucket
7/26 Rockies Nolan Arenado Gold Glove Bobblehead
7/28 Birmingham Michael Early Catch of the Year Figurine
7/29 Dodgers Yasiel Puig
7/31 Altoona Punxsutawney Phil
7/31 Astros Craig Biggio
7/31 Cardinals Lou Brock
7/31 Wilmington Senator Tom Carper
8/1 Baltimore Oriole Bird (mascot)
8/1 Potomac One-Eyed Willie (“The Goonies”)
8/1 Reds Devin Mesoraco
8/1 Staten Island Jason Arnold
8/1 Twins 1965 Vintage Bobblehead
8/1 White Sox Scott Podsednik World Series Moment
8/1 Wilmington George Brett
8/2 A’s Mike Gallego Windmill Windup Toy
8/2 Brewers Matt Garza Gnome
8/3 Blue Jays Russell Martin
8/4 Charlotte Joel Skinner
8/5 Nationals Jayson Werth Chia Pet
8/5 Trenton Dellin Betances
8/7 Altoona Pete Vuckovich
8/7 Angels Garrett Richards
8/8 Akron Michael Dean Perry
8/8 Gwinnett Tom Glavine
8/8 Indians Michael Brantley
8/8 Mariners Jamie Moyer
8/9 Bowie Baysox “Captain Manny” Machado Pirate Bobblehead
8/9 Brewers Bob Uecker Statue Bobblehead
8/9 Lakewood Buster Bobble-Belly (mascot)
8/11 Portland Mookie Betts
8/13 Dodgers Sandy Koufax
8/14 Braves John Smoltz Hall of Fame Bobblehead
8/14 Cardinals Red Schoendienst Hall of Fame Red Jacket Statue
8/15 Louisville Todd Frazier
8/15 NW Arkansas Yordano Ventura
8/16 Blue Jays Bell, Moseby, and Barfield
8/16 Brewers Jonathan Lucroy
8/16 Giants Juan Marichal Statue Replica
8/16 New Britain Elvis Rocky Bobblehead Weekend
8/16 Potomac Ryan Zimmerman
8/16 Rangers Adrian Beltre
8/18 A’s Mark McGwire
8/18 Phillies Larry Bowa
8/22 Cubs Jon Lester
8/22 Frederick Keys Kevin Gausman
8/22 Hagerstown Historic figure mystery bobblehead
8/22 Harrisburg Stephen Souza, Jr.
8/22 Mariners Robinson Cano
8/22 Reds Tony Perez Replica Statue
8/22 Rockies Star Wars Bobblehead
8/23 Lowell Zombie Player Bobblehead
8/24 Yankees Jacoby Ellsbury
8/25 Nationals Anthony Rendon Garden Gnome
8/27 Altoona Steamer Dashboard Bobble
8/28 Altoona Jordy Mercer “Lloyd Christmas” Bobblehead
8/29 Akron “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere” Bobble Tiki Bar
8/29 Gwinnett John Smoltz
8/29 Hagerstown Harper Brothers
8/29 Mets 1986 World Championship Bobblehead
8/29 Pirates Bill Mazeroski Replica Statue
8/29 Rays Kevin Kiermaier Outlaw Action Figure
8/29 White Sox Jermaine Dye World Series Night
8/30 Brewers Vintage Brewer Bobblehead
8/30 Nationals Jayson Werth
9/1 Dodgers Justin Turner
9/4 Trenton Bernie Williams
9/5 Gwinnett Greg Maddux
9/5 Tampa Brett Gardner Bobble Legs
9/6 Marlins Marcell Ozuna
9/7 Cardinals Harry Caray Bobblehead with voice chip
9/9 Yankees Peanuts Bobblehead
9/10 Braves Julio Teheran
9/10 Yankees Babe Ruth
9/12 Indians Terry Francona red scooter bobblehead
9/12 Reds To Be Announced
9/13 Marlins Jose Fernandez Figurine
9/16 Dodgers Fernando Valenzuela
9/19 Rays Fan Vote Bobblehead
9/20 Brewers Scooter Gennett Gnome
9/22 Boston  Fred Lynn
9/23 Dodgers Vin Scully
9/23 Rockies Jorge De La Rosa
9/25 Nationals Jordan Zimmerman
9/26 Cardinals Lance Berkman
9/26 Cubs To Be Determined
9/26 Reds 2015 All-Star Player Bobblehead
9/27 Tigers Anibal Sanchez
10/4 Baltimore Fans’ choice

Dates that we already missed:

4/9 Phillies Ryan Howard
4/11 Dbacks Hello Kitty
4/11 Reds Todd Frazier
4/12 Brewers Rob Deer
4/12 Phillies Ryan Howard
4/12 Rockies Justin Morneau Batting Champ Bobblehead
4/13 Richmond Nutzy (Mascot)
4/14 Boston Red Sox Wally (mascot)
4/14 Giants Madison Bumgarner Postseason MVP Bobblehead
4/17 Astros Jimmy Wynn
4/17 Bowie Baysox Mystery Bobblehead
4/18 Cardinals Yadier Molina Gold and Platinum Gloves Bobblehead
4/18 Mariners Felix Hernandez
4/18 Wilmington Elena Delle Donne (basketball)
4/19 Blue Jays Jose Bautista
4/19 New Britain Byron Buxton
4/19 Rays Evan Longoria Rubber Duck
4/25 Akron Webster bobblehead (mascot)
4/25 Rays Chris Archer
4/26 Brewers Wily Peralta
4/27 Indians Jason Kipnis
4/28 Rangers Derek Holland Garden Gnome
4/28 Yankees Masahiro Tanaka
5/1 Altoona Andrew McCutcheon OYO
5/2 Astros Jose Altuve “Hit Counter” Bobblehead
5/2 Mets Jacob deGrom Garden Gnome
5/2 Royals Salvador Perez
5/3 Giants Buster Posey Bank
5/4 Nationals Livan Hernandez
5/5 Boston Red Sox Carlton Fisk
5/7 Lakewood Garden Gnome (player not specified)
5/7 Pirates Clint Hurdle Gnome

Some Things Are More Important Than Baseball


There’s a lot going on in Baltimore right now, and baseball isn’t one of them. And that’s OK.  A couple hours after postponing the game for a second night in a row, the Baltimore Orioles made this announcement:

TOMORROW’S ORIOLES-WHITE SOX GAME TO BEGIN AT 2:05 P.M. ET AND BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

WEEKEND SERIES WITH RAYS TO MOVE TO TROPICANA FIELD

Monday’s and Tuesday’s games rescheduled for single-admission doubleheader on May 28

A game with no fans will certainly be interesting. Its definitely a good compromise. Over the next few days, weeks, and months, the events of this past week will be analyzed by the public, the media, and, of course, sociologists.  In the meantime, here are a few thoughts from the baseball world:

Hopefully the coming months will bring peace and healing to all those in pain in Baltimore and beyond. In the meantime, the world is watching.

~ baseballrebecca

Chris Rock on Baseball


Baseball is the only game where there is a right
way to play: the white way.” ~ Chris Rock

One week after Jackie Robinson Day, HBO posted a video on YouTube of Chris Rock discussing the absence of Blacks in Major League Baseball. Rock is a baseball fan, and he has some legitimate concerns.  “Baseball is dying,” he says.

This is something MLB and the Baseball Sociologist have also focused on in recent years. Here are a few of the issues highlighted by Rock (the video is also posted below):

  • Baseball is old-fashioned.
  • The number of Black ball players has fallen from 20% a few decades ago to 8% today.
  • Announcers are old, white-haired white guys.
  • Baseball wants things to return to the way it used to be – from retro ballparks to organ music in the parks; this does not reflect the history and experiences of non-white fans.
  • In a speeded up world, baseball is slowing down.
  • There is an old-fashioned code: no celebrations allowed.

All of these things, Rock argues, do not reflect the interests and experiences of a large part of society. He sums it up: “Baseball is uncool. … you lose black America, you lose young America.”

So what are the solutions to this dilemma? I, for one, would like to start with his point about announcers. Let’s have Chris Rock and other celebrities (who are not old white-haired white guys) do the announcing some day. That would be pretty cool. And completely un-old-fashioned.

What are your suggestions?

~ baseballrebecca

Happy Opening Day!!!


So much baseball, so little time! Enjoy every moment of baseball season that you can!

Happy Opening Day!

~ baseballrebecca

Live From Spring Training


 Its a beautiful 68 degrees in Viera here at Space Coast Stadium. Sadly, this is our last Spring Training game before heading back home to the real world (although I did just get tickets to the pre-season Yankees at Nats game next weekend because I just don’t want this to end!)

Spring Training is one of the greatest events of the year. Nothing beats escaping reality for a few days and immersing yourself in baseball. Many have written of the cathartic, healing powers of Spring Training.  I must concur. 

Even if the Nats are currently losing to the Marlins 5-3 after 2 1/2 innings, despite beautiful home runs by Michael Taylor and Bryce Harper. 

Oh well. After all, it’s only Spring …

~ baseballrebecca

PS Ramos just hit a homer bringing it to 5-4. Go Nats!

  

   

 

You know its almost baseball season when …


oriole astronautYou know its almost baseball season when everything starts to remind you of baseball. Yes, for baseball fans that’s ALL the time, but it intensifies as the calendar moves closer to April.  Here are but a few examples – can you add any to my list?

  • The thermometer says its 34 degrees outside and you think, #34 – Bryce Harper.
  • On your daily commute you start taking the slightly longer route that leads past the baseball stadium.
  • You pass Stanton Road and your brain reads the sign as “Giancarlo Stanton Road.”
  • The snow on the ground reminds you of the year it snowed on Opening Day.
  • You find it hard to make plans for weekends in April because it depends on who’s playing that day.
  • You start making room in your bobblehead display case for new additions.
  • You’re humming “Take me out to the ballgame” as you do the dishes.
  • The ad for Giorgio Armani’s Acqua di Gio cologne makes you think of Gio Gonzalez and the Washington Nationals pitching staff.
  • Instead of astronauts on NASA TV, you see Orioles fans (oh wait – that one’s actually real!)

Baseball is almost here!

~ baseballrebecca

Spring Bobbles


indexLast year at Spring Training, I was pleasantly surprised to receive a Mariano Rivera bobblehead upon entering Steinbrenner Field for a New York Yankees Spring Training game. I had no idea there was a giveaway that day. In fact, I’d never gotten any game day promotional giveaway during a spring training game. Unless of course you count that special – yet seemingly odd – appearance by Kenny G a few years ago in Viera.

So, with this year’s Spring Training already underway, I decided to see if we could expect any other spring training giveaways. Unfortunately, its not always easy to find the spring training giveaway calendar. For some teams, it’s not on the team’s MLB website. For example, you have to go to the Steinbrenner Field website to find the Yankees’ spring training giveaway schedule. And I must say that I was disappointed to see that the Yankees really weren’t handing out anything terribly exciting: a Steinbrenner Field 20th anniversary pin (3/14), a Masahiro Tanaka Poster (3/15), a tote bag (3/19), a Derek Jeter final game key chain (3/21), a Brian McCann Fathead poster (3/28), and a 1978 championship commemorative ring (4/2).

The Baltimore Orioles, on the other hand, make it much easier to find their giveaway schedule – it’s part of their regular promotional schedule website.  Sadly, however, their promotions are less noteworthy than the Yankees: a luggage tag (3/11), a plush cow (3/14), and a handful of non-giveaway events, such as seniors (all fans 55 and over) run the bases.

I couldn’t find any information on giveaways for the Nationals. So, if Kenny G or some other surprise guest shows up, it will be an added bonus.

Life-sized bobblehead at Ed Smith Stadium, Sarasota, FLBy the way, since I like to keep track of bobblehead giveaways, these are the only ones I discovered for 2015 Spring Training:

  • March 7 – Cleveland Indians’ Michael Brantley bobblehead, Goodyear Ballpark
  • March 7 – Toronto Blue Jays’ Roy Halladay bobblehead, Florida Auto Exchange Stadium
  • March 7 – Milwaukee Brewers’ Robin Yount bobblehead, Maryvale Park
  • March 14 – Cleveland Indians’ Billy Hamilton bobblehead, Goodyear Ballpark
  • March 19 – Milwaukee Brewers’ Jean Segura bobblehead, Maryvale Park
  • March 22 – Milwaukee Brewers’ Hank the Ballpark Pup bobblehead, Maryvale Park
  • March 23 – Milwaukee Brewers’ Chorizo bobblehead, Maryvale Park

Of course, for those who can’t make the games above, you can always get your picture taken with the Orioles’ life-size Oriole bird bobblehead at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota or the Dodgers’ life-size bobblehead of Tommy Lasorda at their spring training home, Camelback Ranch (see the video below of Tommy coming face to face with it at Dodger Stadium).

In related news, apparently a fan decided to become a human bobblehead of Yasiel Puig Sunday at Camelback Ranch.  It was described as “terrifying.”

Happy Spring Training!

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

 

Happy Baseball Valentine’s Day!


Some folks love Valentine’s Day, others hate it. But maybe we should think of it as one day closer to Spring Training! In the meantime, I thought I’d share some Valentine’s wishes from the Norfolk Tides~ baseballrebecca10407800_10153167854408939_293302083729211386_n

#Bobbleday


Happy National Bobblehead Day!

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The Bowie Baysox’ collection of bobbleheads (www.baysox.com).

 

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The Bobblehead Museum at Marlins Park.

As far as I can tell, this is a day that was made-up by the folks who are putting together the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. They are actually pretty organized – they have a strong social media presence, are selling memberships, have a Kickstarter campaign, and have even gotten some bobblehead donations from the Miami Marlins.

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The Washington Nationals are also celebrating National Bobblehead Day.

 

 

Speaking of bobbleheads, I’ll be keeping an eye out for the 2015 promotional schedules. In fact, the Milwaukee Brewers have already announced that this year they will be giving out a whopping ten bobbleheads, as well as two gnomes. Of course, the guys at the National Bobblehead HoF and Museum already have a pretty good list on their website. But my annual list will focus solely on baseball.

Naturally, I’m all for celebrating bobbleheads – you know how much I love them! So, to celebrate National Bobblehead Day, I’ve posted below a video from the Springfield Cardinals.

Enjoy!

~ baseballrebecca

 

[Note: National Bobblehead Day should not be confused with Britain’s Bobble Hat Day (you know – winter hats with balls of yarn on top or hats like Santa’s) that occurred on December 10, 2014, to raise awareness about child abuse, or National Bobble Day which occurred on February 7 last year. (It’s unclear if National Bobble Day will be replicated this year. It was all about raising funds to help older people keep warm during the winter. The idea was to wear or do something warm. According to the website, “This could be as simple as wearing a bobble hat to work or school, or hosting a warming morning selling tea, cakes or soup to raise funds.” They also recommend wearing wacky sweaters (“jumpers”), “sparkly legwarmers,” or other items of warm clothing to bring attention to the issue.) (And, in case you were wondering, January 7 is also National Tempura Day.)]

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