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This Week In Bobbleheads, Part 2

Monday, June 2
None

Tuesday, June 3
Long Island Ducks – Quackerjack (Go Green) Figurine (Mascot)

Wednesday, June 4
Greenville Drive – Clay Buchholz Statue
Lakewood BlueClaws – Kyle Kendrick (Made the Phillies)
Philadelphia Phillies – Jimmy Rollins (NL MVP)

Thursday, June 5
Lakewood BlueClaws – Cole Hamels Figurine
Los Angeles Dodgers – Takashi Saito

Friday, June 6
Lexington Legends – Abe Lincoln
New Hampshire Fisher Cats – David Ortiz
Oakland Athletics – Kurt Suzuki
Peoria Chiefs – Derrek Lee
Pittsburgh Pirates – Richie Hebner
Portland Sea Dogs – Josh Beckett

Saturday, June 7
Colorado Rockies – Troy Tulowitzki
Hagerstown Suns – Elizabeth Schulze (Conductor)
Northwest Arkansas Naturals – Brian Poldberg
Tulsa Drillers – Matt Holliday Figurine

Sunday, June 8
None

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The Long, Winding Road To Complete Nerd-dom

“You know, they have Monkey Boy bobbleheads for sale out front.”

Those were the words uttered by my friend Allison in the eighth inning of the Nashua Pride game last night.  She and her boyfriend, Cody, had just returned from an excursion around the ballpark with my son.  Holman Stadium is not that big, and they had found themselves on the main concourse.  Their reason for being there is unimportant: what matters is that Allison happened to see Monkey Boy, that evening’s special guest, signing autographs.  And she saw the bobbleheads.

Now, Allison is not particularly supportive of my bobblehead habit.  I bought one of Jeff Giuliano, a Nashua native who plays for the Los Angeles Kings, last week.  When the glue holding the spring gave way and the head fell almost completely off, she laughed for a full ten minutes.  But being a good friend, she knew that this was something I would enjoy, so she mentioned it.

My eyes lit up.  My wife’s face fell.  She also does not condone my bobblehead habit.

“I need to check this out,” I told her.  “I need to at least find out how much they are.”

The line was at least 75 people long and composed almost entirely of parents and small children.  It was surprisingly light on sketchy guys in their late twenties.  I wasn’t interested in an autograph or anything, so I wandered up to the head of the line, where they happened to be unwrapping bobbleheads before my very eyes.  I decided to approach a Pride employee who was standing near the table.

“Hey, I have a quick question.  How much are the bobbleheads?”

“Six dollars.”

I withdrew ten or fifteen feet to regroup and survey the line.  Still a ton of people.  Not worth waiting that long for a bobblehead.  Maybe…

“Hey, sorry, I have one more question.  Do I have to wait in line to buy a bobblehead or can I just grab one and pay for it right now, real quick?”

He looked at another employee, the one who was pulling the bobbleheads out of a bag.  She gave the okay, so I pulled my money out and handed it over.  I figured they give me an unopened box, but the guy sort of looked at me funny and I got the feeling that I was supposed to just grab one of the opened ones on the table and be on my way.

That’s when it happened: Monkey Boy picked up a bobblehead, looked at me, and made a scribbling motion with the pen in his hand.

“Want him to sign it?” someone said.

In that one moment, I went from a nerd who hopped to the front of the line to make a quick bobblehead purchase to the nerd who cut a line filled with kids to buy a bobblehead and have it signed.  That’s like seven notches higher on the nerd scale, folks. 

Monkey Boy signed my bobblehead and I got out of there as fast as I possibly could.  Back to my seat, where the first thing I saw was the “What the hell” look on my wife’s face at the sight of a small monkey clutched firmly in my left hand.  She softened somewhat when I told her the price; she softened a lot when our son decided it was the greatest thing he had ever seen and almost leapt from her seat to mine to get it.  I had to put it in his diaper bag to keep it away from him.

Oh yeah: the Pride lost, 8-1, after giving up six runs in the eighth inning.  And I still don’t know what the deal is with Davilia’s number 11.

This Week In Bobbleheads

A couple of months ago, we got a comment from a guy who had made amazing happen and compiled a list of every bobblehead giveaway scheduled for the 2008 season (full disclosure: I attempted to make a list like this for all minor league promotions. It hurt my brain and I stopped before it was even close to done). My admiration for this man knows no bounds.

I sent an email some time later to see if he might like to join the ranks here at Bus Leagues as the official promotions contributor; the resulting, deafening silence indicated that a) he was not interested or b) he no longer uses that email address. Either way, I’m not about to let this golden resource get away for another day. From now on, every Sunday I will post a list of the bobbleheads that will be available during the next seven days. This will allow you, our awesome readers, to strategize: “Can I get OMDQ the Robinson Cano AND the Shelley Duncan? How will we pull off the Braun-Gallardo double when they’re being given on THE SAME DAY?! That jerk is on his own for Petrocelli – time to actually go to a Fisher Cats game, OMDQ.” Okay, that last thought might’ve been a little harsh.

If you want to see the whole list, visit the above link. It will not be a disappointment.

Tuesday, May 27
Chicago Cubs – Kosuke Fukudome
Trenton Thunder – Robinson Cano

Wednesday, May 28
Trenton Thunder – Shelley Duncan

Thursday, May 29
Toledo Mudhens – Mike Hessman

Friday, May 30
Fort Worth Cats – Mayor Mike Moncrief
Hagerstown Suns – Blue Devil (Mascot)

Saturday, May 31
Fresno Grizzlies – Drag Kings
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes – Frankie Rodriguez Figurine
Salem Avalanche – Matt Holliday

Sunday, June 1
Arizona Diamondbacks – Baxter (Mascot)
Beloit Snappers – Yovani Gallardo
Greensboro Grasshoppers – Miss Babe Ruth
Milwaukee Brewers – Ryan Braun
New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Rico Petrocelli
Rochester Redwings – Stan/Stu Cliburn Double

Let The Bobbling Begin!

Because everyone loves bobbleheads, the crack Bus Leagues staff (okay, me) is currently compiling a list of scheduled bobblehead giveaways around the minor leagues this season. With a little luck and a lot of ambition, it will be done and posted by the end of the weekend.

Most teams offer bobbleheads later in the season, when weather is good and larger crowds can be expected. A few, however, are starting off early, with giveaways planned for April dates. Tonight, the Las Vegas 51s kick things off (as near as I can tell; if there are others out there, either from last night or tonight, let us know) with Russell Martin bobbleheads for the first 2,500 fans. The 51s play the Salt Lake Bees at 7:05 PM.

Las Vegas has two more bobblehead nights planned: Joe Torre on May 24 and Takashi Saito on July 11.