Well the Happ bobblehead giveaway I went to was a mob scene. They even had to open up early since the line at the one gate was all the way into the parking lot causing a big problem with people that expected to have the gates open at 6pm, not 5:45 like they did. Unfortunately management didn’t care much, but also didn’t mention to the fans that only half were given at the fans gate with the other half being saved for their plan holders and luxury box people. Here’s this week’s giveaways:
Greeneville Astros 8/17/09 Davy Crockett – First 1,000 – Crockett was born on 8/17/1786 and he comes complete with outfit, funky hat and a bat to boot.
Memphis Redbirds 8/18/09 Jason Motte – First 1,500 – Motte had started his rookie campaign in 2009 as the potential closer until handing the job to Ryan Franklin.
Long Island Ducks 8/19/09 Frank Boulton – First 2,000 – The Atlantic League franchise finally gives their owner his due.
Los Angeles Dodgers 8/19/09 Matt Kemp – First 50,000 – Kemp won the fans hearts by their vote in the 2009 bobble stakes.
Norfolk Tides 8/19/09 Bruce Smith – First 2,000 17 and under – As a neighborhood hero, the Tides do their first football player bobble. The fact he’s in the NFL HOF makes it sweeter.
Philadelphia Phillies 8/19/09 Brad Lidge – Lidge was perfect in save opportunities in leading the Phillies to the 2008 WS title.
Trenton Thunder 8/19/09 Mark Melancon – First 2,000 6 and up – Melancon was one of the many who made their Yankees debut in 2009. The others should make up the 2010 set to come!!!
Erie Seawolves 8/21/09 Curtis Granderson – First 1,000 – Granderson is the player selected as the bobblehead of the Tigers era in this set.
Oakland A’s 8/21/09 Jason Giambi – First 15,000 – Too bad Giambi was recently released before his comeback bobble to the A’s
Wilmington BlueRocks 8/21/09 Jed Lowrie – First 1,000 – Lowrie is one of the few bright spots from Boston’s tenure with the Rocks before they returned to a Royals affiliate.
Potomac Nationals 8/22/09 John Lannan – First 1,000 – A Long Island native made his debut with Washington in 2008 and has turned into their ace.
Quad Cities River Bandits 8/22/09 Jimmy Buffett with Parrott – First 1,000 – It’s a night for parrotheads in the Quad Cities, with a concert following the game.
Tri-City Valleycats 8/22/09 Steve Caporizzo – First 1,000 – The Cats fans have spoken and their favorite weathermaq is Caporizzo from an earlier poll.
Washington Nationals 8/22/09 Frank Howard – First 15,000 – Played for the Washington Senators from 1965-1971. During an amazing one-week stretch in the spring of 1968 (May 12–18), Howard hammered 10 home runs in 20 at bats, with at least one in six consecutive games; his 10 home runs are also the most ever in one week. He would go on to hit 13 homers in 16 games, a mark that would stand until Albert Belle matched it in 1995.
Florence Freedom 8/23/09 George Foster – First 1,000 – A 5-time All-Star (1976-79, 1981), Foster was a member of the 1970s Big Red Machine, leading the league in home runs in 1977-78, runs batted in from 1976-78, and OPS in 1977.
2 giveaways for me this week…Melancon in Trenton and Lowrie in Wilmington. Also have a friend getting me the LA Kemp. See ya next week.