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August 31, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
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.
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April 8, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
When is a mascot not really a mascot? When the Dodgers tell you it isn't. Only don't look now, but bouncing around out there in those new plaza areas behind the pavilions and in the kids' areas in the upper decks is an oversized, oh-so-cute person in a Dodgers uniform with a giant bobblehead who looks amazingly like a mascot. “It's not a mascot,” said Dodgers executive vice president of marketing Lon Rosen. “It's a unique performance character.” See, that's what's great about being a marketing wiz, you can just make stuff up. Rosen also called it a “bobblehead character,” so you can see he's really trying hard.
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July 31, 2012 | By Andrew L. John
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.
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November 15, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Are you ready to ease back in your Dodgers inflatable chair, feet resting on your Dodgers welcome mat, head beneath your Dodgers pennant (which is right next to your Yasiel Puig Fathead), wearing your Dodgers hoodie, listening to Vin Scully on your portable Dodgers speaker (or headphones), all while clutching your Dodgers autograph baseball in one hand and tapping one of your new Dodgers bobbleheads with the other? It's all so possible. You don't need an app to imagine that, the Dodgers will sell you a special mini plan.
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July 13, 2011 | Chris Erskine
I'd like to announce that I'm legally changing my name to Ron Artest, on account of he's changing his name to Metta World Peace, which — small world — was actually my birth name. If this name change goes through — I go before the judge on a variety of matters next week — I hope to pick up a percentage of Artest's jersey sales, though I realize I've never seen anyone actually wear an Artest jersey, other than Artest himself. Even then, it was somewhat reluctantly. Obviously, he's found a way to remedy that.
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September 23, 2002
'I don't think the nose is big enough, but then, it wouldn't be able to stand up straight.' Joe Torre, New York Yankee manager, after examining his bobblehead doll
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November 30, 2002
"Look what they've reduced me to...a duck. It's not something that's going to end up on my collectible shelf. I would much rather be a big-head bobblehead than a whack quack." Clifford Robinson, Detroit Piston forward, on a team giveaway featuring his likeness on a duck's body.
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November 17, 2001
Please allow me to confess that I am one of those fools who fell for the Clipper advertising blitz and helped line Donald Sterling's pocket. We know how cheap he is with player contracts, but I am shocked by his approach to the team's bobblehead doll giveaway. Promising 5,000 bobblehead dolls to fans and then giving them out to one out of every four fans in attendance is far fewer than 5,000. I'm not sure what the Clipper brain trust (used loosely) was thinking, but perhaps I can be of assistance in future promotions.
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April 8, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
When is a mascot not really a mascot? When the Dodgers tell you it isn't. Only don't look now, but bouncing around out there in those new plaza areas behind the pavilions and in the kids' areas in the upper decks is an oversized, oh-so-cute person in a Dodgers uniform with a giant bobblehead who looks amazingly like a mascot. “It's not a mascot,” said Dodgers executive vice president of marketing Lon Rosen. “It's a unique performance character.” See, that's what's great about being a marketing wiz, you can just make stuff up. Rosen also called it a “bobblehead character,” so you can see he's really trying hard.
OPINION
May 9, 2009
Re " 'I'm back' turns into 'I'm gone,' " May 8 As a coach of my son's Little League team, I always hand out baseball cards to the players after the game. The pack I just bought had a Manny Ramirez card in it. I was going to reserve it for the player who played the hardest in the next game. Turns out I'm going to have to take it out of the stack. What a shame. Scott Dallavo El Segundo -- My 5-year-old started playing T-ball this spring, and instantly, to my great joy, he was consumed by all things baseball.
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November 2, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Did you really think they were just going to fade away? Not when they were an undisputed success last season. Think of it as Frank McCourt's parting gift. On Friday the Dodgers announced they would have another 10 bobblehead giveaway days next season -- complete with a mini-ticket plan -- releasing eight names and saying they had three more to come. And I thought math was tough for me. The Dodgers liked their promotion from last season so much, they're even bringing back the two most popular -- Vin Scully and Sandy Koufax -- again in 2013.
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August 31, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
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.
SPORTS
July 31, 2012 | By Andrew L. John
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.
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June 12, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
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.
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May 11, 2012 | CHRIS ERSKINE
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.
BUSINESS
March 14, 2012 | By David Colker
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.
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March 27, 2011 | Bill Shaikin
The split-screen image could be jarring. Barry Bonds, perhaps the greatest hitter of his generation, could walk out of a San Francisco courtroom Thursday afternoon, out of another day of his perjury trial, about the same time the San Francisco Giants open the defense of their World Series championship at Dodger Stadium. FOR THE RECORD: Baseball in 2011: The On Baseball column in the March 27 Sports section, previewing the major league season by the numbers, said three players from the Angels' 2002 World Series championship team were still active major leaguers.
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July 22, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
He ranked fifth in the National League in runs batted in heading into the Dodgers' game against the New York Mets on Thursday. He was tied for fourth in doubles and fifth in hits. But James Loney has kept a relatively low profile this season, in part because he counts high-profile players such as Andre Ethier , Matt Kemp and Manny Ramirez among his teammates. Loney was even overshadowed on his bobblehead night, as Ramirez's third trip to the disabled list stole the headlines Tuesday.
NATIONAL
March 14, 2012 | By Richard Fausset
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.
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