August 31, 2012 |
It took a long time before legendary Dodgers Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully would agree to let the club put his likeness on a bobblehead doll. So it figured that once he went along with it, he'd turn the ceremony honoring him and his figurine into something different. Instead of the traditional first-pitch ceremony before Thursday's game, Scully went to the mound, faked a huge windup and then walked over to the third-base line, where 15 of his 16 grandchildren were assembled, ages 5 to 22. He handed the ball to 15-year-old Mackenzie Luderer - who also sang the national anthem - and she relayed it to the child next to her. And so on and so on, until the last child handed the ball to Grandpa Vin. He flipped it to Manager Don Mattingly while the crowd stood on its feet and roared.
July 31, 2012 |
Throughout his playing career, Kirk Gibson shunned the spotlight. Twice, he even turned down invites to the All-Star Game. So when the Dodgers decided to make Tuesday "Kirk Gibson Bobblehead Night," Gibson wasn't necessarily thrilled with the idea. “I think it's totally ridiculous,” said Gibson, who is in town as the manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Dodgers face the Diamondbacks on Tuesday and Wednesday. “It's not my style, to be honest with you," Gibson said.
June 12, 2012 |
It was an interesting night for a pair of former Angels, Adam Kennedy suffering through a forgettable game and Juan Rivera making it a night to remember. After Andre Ethier celebrated the $85-million contract he signed earlier Tuesday by singling in the tying run in the eighth, Rivera unloaded a three-run homer to send the Dodgers to a 5-2 victory over the Angels. Angels Manager Mike Scioscia may have gone a little too long with right-hander Jerome Williams, letting him face Ethier in the eighth with two on. Ethier, who had hit Williams hard twice, singled to right to tie the game at 2-2. Williams threw just one pitch to Rivera.
May 11, 2012 |
Think of bobblehead dolls as a sub-species of the American fan, smaller but more likable and in the long run, probably worth far more. Like most items these days, they are made in bulk in China, but there is a burgeoning collection of companies that produce personalized dolls as well -- for Father's Day, coaching gifts, graduations and, in extreme cases, to mock the idiot in the next cubicle. At about $100, these custom-made versions are not cheap, and they require a bit of lead time -- about a month.
March 14, 2012 |
A bobblehead doll of Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth, complete with handgun, has been taken off the shelves of the gift shop at the Gettysburg National Military Park. The visitors center at the park, which is overseen by the National Parks Service, pulled the head-springy doll after being contacted by a reporter at the Evening Sun newspaper in Hanover, Pa., as The Times and other news outlets have reported. Still, the Booth doll is apparently a strong seller, according to the Bobblehead company, which produces the item.
March 14, 2012 |
Over at the Gettysburg National Military Park bookstore in Pennsylvania, they've decided that maybe it's not such a great idea to sell a bobblehead of John Wilkes Booth, the notorious Confederate sympathizer and assassin of President Abraham Lincoln. The Associated Press reports that the dolls were on sale for about a week, then pulled from the shelf after the park superintendent and other officials determined that a bobblehead of a guy who murdered one of the nation's most revered public figures was sort of inappropriate.