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D.C.'s '09 Baseball Bobbleheads



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There's been such a glut of D.C. baseball bobblehead news in recent days that it's probably worth recapping it all in one spot.

* This Sunday is Nationals Night for the Bethesda Big Train at Shirley Povich Field, featuring Phil Wood, Manny Acta, and Manny Acta bobblers for the first 500 fans. If the man gets his knishes handed to him after this upcoming Yankees series in New York but before Nationals Night, these bobbleheads will suddenly become national news. Or at least, regional news. Regional blog news. I'll write about it, ok?

Fathers and sons can also go down on the field to play catch, in honor of Father's Day. Oh, and someone see how long it would take to make 500 Phil Wood bobbleheads. You can just fashion them out of baked potatoes or something if you're short on time.

* Even before that, Wednesday is Matt Wieters Bobblehead Night for the Bowie Baysox, who are combating possible hoarding by locking their paying customers inmates inside the stadium during doll distribution. See, sickos have gamed the system in the past, leaving with armfuls of Lindsay Czarniak and Pat Sajak figurines. This time, you have to stay inside the stadium until all the little Wieters are gone. Reports Cheap Seats Daily's Dave McKenna:

Yup, if you want a doll, you're gonna give up your rights to move around. You'd have to go to Yankee Stadium during the playing of "God Bless America" to find such fascism in baseball. I can see how consumerists trying to make a buck off a Sajak likeness or a perv wanting to take home a piece of Czarniak, but...Matt Wieters? The guy now hitting about .[.233].

(McKenna also noted that Czarniak's Baysox bobblers are going for $60 more than Sajak's, though she probably had a better year. And seriously, where's the Dan Hellie Ken doll to Lindsay's Barbie?)



* Up a few levels, the worst-in-the-AL Orioles and worst-in-the-NL Nationals are both bobbling. The Orioles go first, also on Wednesday night, with 25,000 bubble-blowing Adam Jones dolls. Really terrific. You can wait until you get home before the bubble bursts! The Nationals are holding off until August, with 15,000 on the 8th and 15,000 on the 22nd. As always, it'll be a player to be named later, though I certainly have a call in on the matter. Also, a longtime trusted reader reported seeing a "big pile" of Lastings Milledge bobbleheads in one of the team's shops.

UPDATE: The Nats will give away Adam Dunn bobbleheads on the 8th, and Frank Howard bobbleheads on the 22nd.


* Even better, this message last week from Reader Kevin:

I went to the game last night and decided to poke my head in the team store. I wandered over to the bobbleheads to see if they had any "Teddy" models available. Surely, I thought, after all the negative publicity, the bobbleheads would have been: a) fixed; b) removed; or c) the "ROSSEVELT" labels removed. Alas, this being the Nats, there were still plenty of Teddy heads marked "ROSSEVELT." Do they just not get it? I mean, at the very least, they could have peeled off the offending label (a rather easy fix), but instead, they chose to do nothing. Incredible.

* Speaking of cleaning up loose Nats promotional ends, many of you questioned the truthfulness of the "Season Ticket Holde" ornamental glass ball I posted last week. I've e-mailed with the owner, who insists up and down it's real and invited me to his office to see it. He also sent more photos, from different angles. As I mentioned, the Nats say they've gotten great feedback about the gifts, and will replace any defective items, though this guy isn't sure he wants a replacement:


The letters were etched in, and the last letter is just missing. I guess it is like baseball cards, there are just errors that slip (unintentionally or otherwise) through quality control....I asked my boss about asking for a replacement. We are interested in one, but would not necessarily want to return the error just because it could be worth something some day (since I haven't heard of any other errors at this point). I may call them and ask them for more information.

Um, buddy, you mean informatin, no?

* Have I noted that the front desk at the new and improved Redskins media trailer in Ashburn has several bobbleheads, including a both a Hogette and Caps Coach Bruce Boudreau, whose bobbler is submerged in some sort of glass container. Man, do I want to know who put Bruce in glass.

* Still to come: July 17, the Potomac Nationals host Uncle Slam Bobblehead Giveaway, presented by Pest Management Services. No, there's no word yet on any pest control companies hosting a Screech giveaway.

* July 17, the Maryland Blue Crabs host Brooks Robinson Bobblehead Giveaway, featuring the giant head of co-owner Brooks Robinson. (Closing eyes and imaging what would happen in the parking lot after Daniel Snyder Bobblehead Giveaway night.)

* July 25, the Frederick Keys host Nick Markakis Bobblehead Giveaway, presented by Mid-Maryland Musculoskeletal Institute. Because nothing promotes strong musculoskeletals like a spineless giant-headed freak.

* Aug. 22, the Potomac Nationals host John Lannan Bobblehead Giveaway, presented by Geico. Expect several of Lannan's elbow ligaments to spring, fully intact, from his throwing arm on the 21st or so.

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 16, 2009; 6:29 AM ET
Categories:  Minor League Baseball , Nats , Orioles  
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Comments

Just a linguistic criticism--One gets his KISHKES handed to him, not his KNISHES. THe Nats haven't had knishes at the stadium since last season. KISHKES are intestines. One would want to have knishes, a potato cake in (depending on where you get them) a flaky doughy crust, handed to him. You would not like your intestines handed to you. But stuffed kiske is another story....

Posted by: ramgut | June 16, 2009 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Acta is left twisting in the wind by the FO and one of the players recently lost a brother in a car accident. What better time is there to pile on to Acta in this bobblehead post? Gee, I can't wait to read your post about the regional news if/when he is fired. Here's hoping that you are treated with more class if/when you are ever fired. Also, if I recall correctly, the Nats have not "always" held off on naming the bobbleheads until this late in the year.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 16, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

I hope Turn-Key Moving is giving poor Manny a discount.

Posted by: mdetura | June 16, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Dan, you continue to amaze me with how much real journalism and reporting you do to find a story in insignificant things. If only there were people to apply this type of thought and research into more significant stories and print journalism. More importantly, where is the Steinbog bobblehead? I'm sure the Washington Glory would support that... if they still existed.

Posted by: sitruc | June 16, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Adam Jones is not that much of a show-off that he would blow bubbles while making an acrobatic play.

Posted by: StetSportsBlog | June 16, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

I thought that the bubble-blowing was a nice touch, but that's just me.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 16, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

sitruc - do you think that perhaps we could encourage the Icelandic National Handball team might be willing to have a Dan Steinberg bobblehead night, at some point? The Icelanders seemed pretty enamored with Dan - I'm pretty certain the namor hasn't worn off yet, either!

Posted by: Anonynonandon | June 16, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Ugh - grammar, Anony, grammar. With this kind of sterling work, I'll be working with the Natinals merchandising office in no time flat!

Posted by: Anonynonandon | June 16, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Here you go. Knock yourself out:

http://www.showandtell-graphics.com/bobblehead.html

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 16, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

(See photo in Bog header.)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 16, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

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