Archive for May 3rd, 2009

This Week in Bobbleheads – Week 5

Mayday Mayday the independent leagues have started.  All that means are more chances to score the coveted bobblehead promotions.  Here’s this week’s lineup:

Omaha Royals 5/4/09 Warren Buffett – First 1,000 – Second bobblehead for this multi-millionaire.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5/6/09 Ervin Santana – Only Santana to have a bobblehead in 09.  Johan (no relation) had a Mets giveaway in 2008.

Lakeland Flying Tigers 5/8/09 Jim Leyland – First 1,000 – HOF manager with his first AL bobblehead.

West Michigan Whitecaps 5/8/09 Magglio Ordoñez – First 1,000 – Maggs rehabbed there in 2008 so what better way to celebrate it.

Cincinnati Reds 5/9/09 Joey Votto – First 30,000 This young slugger burst onto the scene in 2008. Nirvana strikes with his first MLB figure.

Cleveland Indians 5/9/09 Cliff Lee (Cy Young) – In this rendition he holds his Cy Young plaque from 08.

Frederick Keys 5/9/09 Matt Wieters – First 1000 – First affiliate to jump on the Wieters bandwagon.

Houston Astros 5/9/09 Carlos Lee – First 10,000 – His nickname means the horse and he’s holding the horse on a stick in this edition.

Oakland A’s 5/9/09 Justin Duchscherer – First 15,000 – The only 2008 all-star rep is honored here.

I will be attending the Frederick Wieters giveaway on the 9th on my way to the Orioles – Yankees game. Look me up and say howdy. Last week there were 3 giveaways in my area. Trenton’s manager Tony Franklin along with LI Ducks manager Gary Carter took great pride in signing their bobbleheads for me as well as their many fans.

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Never Been to Rosenblatt? Act Quickly.

rosenblatt_stadium_panoramic_view

I have a friend from my college days in Kansas named Dave. He and I have been friends for about 20 years, and the basis of our relationship has gone through many phases. In college, enormous gin and tonics served in 32-oz. Big Gulp cups were the start of our bond. Later, food ruled the day, as we experimented with various “food highs” brought on by the overconsumption of ribs, pizza, hot dogs, or whatever we could find lying around. More recently, we share stories about our kids and our more moderate habits are on display.

Throughout that entire time, there has been one enduring constant – baseball. One of our big dreams is to take a buddy trip to the College World Series in Omaha. We never did it while we lived in the midwest and it would have been easy, so now we will have to work a little harder, as Dave would have to come from Denver, and I would have to travel from Virginia.

rosenblatt_statueBut the dream is still there, and the timetable is a bit accelerated now. Seems the Omaha Royals are building a new downtown stadium (who isn’t?) and the mayor of Omaha isn’t willing to keep venerable Rosenblatt stadium around just for the Series. Which makes sense – keeping something that big around for an event that happens one month out of the year is not economically sensible. But many, many people will miss the friendly confines of Rosenblatt.

So if, like Dave and I, you’ve always dreamed of taking in the CWS in its original glory, make your travel plans right now. I’m sure the new place will be nice, but Rosenblatt was built in 1948 and has a ton of history behind it. This is one of those things you don’t want to regret having never done.