Archive for June 30th, 2008

This Week In Bobbleheads, Part 6

Little late this week. Fortunately, there’s still time to get any bobblehead on this list (unless Reading or Tri-City are playing those awful 10:35 AM games that teams occasionally schedule these days).

Monday, June 30
Reading Phillies – Jimmy Rollins (first 2000 18 and over) – The reigning NL MVP, this time for the adults.

Tri- City Valley Cats – Mayor Jerry Jennings (first 1000) – First of a 3 part Mayoral series.

Tuesday, July 1
Long Island Ducks – Bob Ottone (PA announcer) (first 1500) – The voice of the Ducks bobbles behind his podium.

Lowell Spinners – Ted Williams (first 1500) – The Splendid Splinter in an Aviator pose.

York Revolution – Downtown (Mascot) – The stadium must be in downtown York. No clue on the mascot’s nickname.

Wednesday, July 2
Trenton Thunder – Scott Patterson (first 2000) – From the independent leagues to AA to AAA, Patterson finally gets to bobble nirvana.

Thursday, July 3
None

Friday, July 4
Orange County Flyers – Coal Train (Mascot) – Planes, Trains, Automobiles, and now mascot bobbles.

Saturday, July 5
Colorado Rockies – Matt Holliday (first 10,000) – Over the July 4th weekend, the Rockies give out Hol(l)iday cheer.

Sunday, July 6
Milwaukee Brewers – Barrel Man (Mascot) – No slide attached to this fun giveaway.

List and commentary supplied by Eric from The Only Accurate Bobblehead Collectors Board.

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Reason #137 Why I Love OMDQ

Rebel Ridling.

In a post written yesterday, my esteemed writing partner tossed the name Rebel Ridling out in the most casual manner. I picked it up and ran around the room like I’d found a hundred dollar bill.

Now, before I continue to unravel this delightful mystery, I have to point out that Rebel Ridling is also reason #137 why I’m glad I switched from Journalism studies to regular English Lit years ago. Because if I had finished that J-school program, odds are I would have ended up writing dumb lines like Rebel Yell or Rebel’s Assault (curly-haired Cowboy cranker wrinkled my nose, too) for some daily newspaper somewhere.

Instead, I got a fairly useless degree, which set me up perfectly to be a wise-ass blogger. So I can talk to you about Rebel Ridling without resorting to easy puns.

Rebel Ridling is a 6’4″, 230 lb first baseman for the Short A Boise Hawks (Cubs). He hails from tiny Sentinel, Oklahoma, played his college ball at Oklahoma State, and he’s tearing the cover off the ball. He was selected in the 25th round of the 2008 draft with the 761st pick overall, after three seasons in Stillwater. That was just 22 days ago, and already he’s hitting .405 in ten games at Boise.

His sister’s name is Harli.

Now, the name thing is obviously what interested me. But, as I said before, it’s just lazy to go with “Rebel without a Cause” and that ilk. Anyone who’s read S.E. Hinton or seen the film “The Outsiders” is not surprised to find names like Ponyboy, Soda Pop, or Rebel in the state of Oklahoma. Apparently that’s just the way things are done in the Sooner State.

I’m going to keep my fingers crossed and hope Rebel keeps up the power production we’ve seen from him so far. That way, I can legitimately include him in a future edition of The Z-Meter.