To be absolutly up-front, we do have a touch of inside knowledge about the 2010 Reds Bobblehead lineup. That one peice of knowledge is…. drumroll….. the Reds will feature FOUR bobblehead games in 2010, one being a “Fan’s Choice” similar to last year’s giveaway that resulted in an Edison Volquez bobblehead. Yeah, we know… it’s pretty cool to have such great inside knowledge right? Don’t be so jealous!
As a primer, here’s a rundown of Bobbleheads of Reds past.
Without further adieu, Here’s our stab at the 2010 Reds bobblehead lineup:
Coco is a lock. Cordero was the Reds’ lone All-Star representative in 2009 and had a pretty good season anchoring the bullpen. Given he hasn’t been featured in any Reds giveaways up until now, it’s likely the Reds will honor him with his very own nodder in 2010.
Like Joey Votto and Jay Bruce last year, the Reds will most certainly give props to their promising young center-fielder after his coming out party in 2009. You can’t deny that this city is a little Stubbs-crazy right now. Expect Stubbs to get “The Nod.”
We’re not solid on The Big Cue being in lineup, but it makes sense. He’s becoming a fan-favorite and it’s another opportunity for the Reds to honor another young arm. We’re not sure where he finished in the Fan’s Choice vote from last year, but we’ll bet he was in contention. Did he get more votes than Sam LeCure? Well… it had to have been close.
Option #1: We’ve heard that the Fan’s Choice vote will be done a little differently than it was last year. We’re not exactly sure what that means, but we’re thinking it may feature a vote of players from the 1990 World Series team. 2010 is, after all, the 20th anniversary of the last Reds team to win a world championship. Now, here’s the trouble with that – several popular players from that team have been featured on bobbleheads in the past – Barry Larkin (twice), Chris Sabo and Eric Davis. Of course, who would get end up winning in a vote from the 1990 team? You got it – one of those three guys.
Option #2, AKA Thinking Too Hard: So, here’s another option, and one that we would fully back: A Fan’s Choice ballot that features players from the Reds Hall of Fame, possibly excluding players that have already been immortalized in ceramic. That would lead to an interesting vote considering that a lot of the Big Red Machine and Wire-to-Wire guys would be off the list. We would love to see it, but it seems a little complicated and everyone that got shafted on Johnny Bench Bobblehead Night in 2002 would want a second chance to get a Benchy Bobble and can’t.
Option #3: They just open up the 40-man roster and let the vote fly. It would be a little boring, but it would be interesting to see who folks vote for. Would Votto or Bruce get another bobblehead? Would a guy like Chris Dickerson get a lot of support? Does Rolen get a shot after only spending a month+ in a Reds uniform in 2009? Janish?
Opción de Cuatro: The Reds come up with some insane category: Clutch players, long-ball specialists, players from the ’60s, journeyman outfielders, mullets from the ’90s, Reds whose last name starts with the letter “Y“, players who remind Cincinnatian’s of Peter Edward Rose, guys who didn’t pet Schottzie before games, this list just goes on and on…
Of course, we’re probably completely wrong on all of this. We can hear the Reds promotional staff laughing at us right now. It hurts, too. No worries, we’ll get over it.
Here’s a few more thoughts on guys that might sneak there way to bobblehead glory:
Even though he achieved glory with his own bobblehead in 2002, it’s not going to stop the Reds from making another one of him. With his recent surge in popularity with his impending induction to the Reds Hall of Fame, he’s a hot ticket right now. Reds fans have always loved him too. It just all makes sense. We would include him as a “lock” for a bobblehead this year, but we’re heard that he might show up in bobblehead form in a different type of giveaway, as in not a traditional stadium giveaway. It’s not a certainty, and we really don’t know much, but there may be a twist. If that doesn’t happen, expect Spuds to get his due along with Coco, Stubbs and others.
Yep, we’re calling it right here, right now. The Reds might pull a goofy one, ala this beauty, and get Joey nodding again for a second straight year. Votto in street clothes? Votto in an alternate uniform? Votto with a first baseman mitt? “Strange Brew” Votto? Finished 22nd in the NL MVP vote Votto? The sky is the limit, and the Reds might actually reach it on this one. You can pretty much count Jay Bruce in a similar category of duplication. Shoot, they might even put both of them on a dual bobblehead: The Bruce & Votto “Bosom Buddies” Bobble.
After his stellar finish to the 2009 season, fans are lovin’ him. Right there with Volquez, Votto and Bruce, he’s a young face of the franchise and ripe from some promotional marketing. Too bad he doesn’t have the long locks… that would be another Bronson-esque nodder.
You can’t help but like this guy. We’ll venture to say that Dickerson is popular with the younger kids? Probably because the younger kids that kinda want to rebel against all their friends that proclaim Bruce or Votto as their favorite Red. Don’t worry, they’re sincere about it.
Stranger things have happened. We can’t ignore Rolen’s presence in the promotional landscape. He’s one of the best players of the last decade or so. Just because he hasn’t been a Red all that long doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve a bobblehead. Now, will his promotional night draw a big crowd? That’s, of course, the big question.
The Reds haven’t re-signed him yet, and it’s pretty early to call, but if a Gomes nodder features him with a sombero… it’s on. That’s a sell-out, folks.
There are a few bobbleheads we would love to put on the self above our computer in the spare bedroom, but we’re just not going to see ’em. Ted Kluszewski, Johnny Vander Meer, Ernie Lombardi, Vada Pinson, Bucky Walters, Jim O’Toole… the list goes on. They’re all great Reds, but we’re not sure we’ll ever see ’em in bobblehead form.
So there you have it. We’d love to hear what you think. Let it fly!