Well the Strawberry event was a rather interesting one. At the beginning of the season, the Cyclones had announced that Strawberry was not only being honored with a bobblehead, but he was to make an appearance at Keyspan Park, and also do a free signing. A week before this event was to take place, all was changed. The only way you could get Darryl to sign anything was if you purchased 1 of 2 “Meet and Greet” packages. Either you could go to a room for an hour prior to the game and he would sign for just $25 or you could sit with him in a skybox during the game for 3 innings for a mere $125. There were very limited spots for either and also poorly advertised in their press releases, but I managed to wiggle in for the cheaper way. Guess Madoff even had its effect on the minors as well. Here are the Bobblehead giveaways for this week:
Great Lakes Loons 8/10/09 Chet Lemon -First 1,000 – Another link to the 1984 WS Championship Tigers team.
Huntsville Stars 8/10/09 Microwave Dave – First 1,000 – Ok boys mystery solved. Microwave Dave and the Nukes are a blues band from the area and they honor their leader in this promo.
Chicago Cubs 8/11/09 Ryne Sandberg – First 10,000 – Look for 2 Sandberg giveaways this week. See below for the minor league version.
Joliet Jackhammers 8/11/09 Jammer (Mascot) – First 1,000 – Jammer rocks the house with another bobblehead character.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 8/11/09 Mike Napoli – One of the many MLB players to homer in his first big league AB.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs 8/12/09 J.A. Happ – First 2,500 18 and over – Everyone demanded Happ in trade talks, now the fans can command his bobblehead.
Worcester Tornadoes 8/13/09 Peterman (On Field Emcee) – First 1,000 – Dave Peterson, better known as “Peterman,” has worked for the Tornadoes organization since 2005 as the On-Field Emcee.
Lynchburg Hillcats 8/14/09 Nate McLouth – First 1,000 – I think this is the final team in the Pirates organization to honor Nate. A message to the organization for dealing him perhaps? Hmm…
Cincinnati Reds 8/15/09 Brandon Phillips – First 30,000 – Another original Expos prospect let go for an overachiever (I think he was part of the Fatolo Colon deal).
Lancaster Jethawks 8/15/09 SR71 Bobble Plane – First 1,000 – Part of an aviation night celebration.
Las Vegas 51s 8/15/09 Cosmo (Mascot) – First 2,500 – This mascot’s bobblehead is simply out of this world.
Orange County Flyers 8/15/09 Phil Nevin – First 1,000 – A veteran MLB ballplayer returned to Goodwin Field at Cal State Fullerton as the ESPN analyst for the Super Regional against Stanford. In December 2008, he was named the manager of the Orange County Flyers in the independent Golden Baseball League.
Quad Cities River Bandits 8/15/09 Rascal (Mascot) – First 2,000 – Come early for the Rascal bobblehead giveaway and stick around for lively post-game entertainment consisting of an extravagant fireworks show and Dueling Pianos provided by Nan’s Piano Bar!
Reno Aces 8/15/09 Josh Whitesell – First 2,500 – Betcha Whitesell is glad he’s away from the Nationals, the team that originally drafted him!!! He was also a high school teammate of Marlins pitcher Ricky Nolasco.
Tennessee Smokies 8/15/09 Ryne Sandberg – First 1,000 – Great way for Ryne to cap off the week with his 2nd bobblehead promo.
St. Louis Cardinals 8/16/09 Fredbird (Bobble Frame) (Mascot) – First 25,000 – Capture your Busch Stadium and Cardinals memories to display in this one of a kind picture frame with a Fredbird Bobblehead attached.
I’ll be happy to take a Happ from Lehigh Valley this week. Come join me and say hey.