Unless you live under a Dimitri Young-sized rock, you’ve likely heard that the Reds are giving away a fabulous Joey Votto “MVP” bobblehead on Saturday, April 30, 2011. Sounds good to us. You get an MVP trophy – you get some serious promo action.
Of course, we likey! Who wouldn’t? But… who didn’t see this one coming? Question is, what other bobbleheads do the Reds have in store for us in ’11?
[UPDATE] The Reds have announced the two bobbleheads that will be joining Joey in 2011 are Dusty Baker w/ toothpick holder (7/2/11) and Jonny Gomes (7/23/11). See ya’ll at GABP! For these and more Reds promotions, click it.
JC was on our list last year, and he remains this year as well. His time has come. After the bobblization of Homer Bailey, Edinson Volquez, Aaron Harang and Bronson Arroyo the past few years, Johnny deserves the ceramic. Just don’t put him in a karategi, alrighty?
Let’s keep this an all “J” bobblefest, right? Gomes is getting the “nod” this year. What he lacks in URZ he makes up in style and flair. Cincinnati fans just eat this stuff up. Jonny in bobble form is an instant sell-out. We’re talking SRO GONE BEFORE walk-up sales. Right? Well, maybe. Tack a sombraro or ski googles on Jonny and this is an instant classic. Throw a robe on him and you’ve got something epic. Put Jonny Bobbles in a suit and you’ve got something only OMGreds would think was pretty funny.
We’re going to with Reds rookie sensation Mike Leake in the wild card category. After a stellar rookie season, he’s a rising star in the stadium promotions category. Be on the watch out.
Also, we have to stick with Drew Stubbs, a lock from our predictions last year. He’s a bit a of a dark horse at this point, but Drew can draw a crowd. You design his bobble around the catch he made in the clinch game last season, and you’ll have Reds fans chomping at the bit for tickets.
Throw Us A Bone
Ted Kluszewski. Let’s do this. For real. The man has a statue in the front yard of the ball park! Who do we have to talk to? For realzies.
2011 is the 40th anniversary of the ’61 Reds team that lost the World Series to the Yankees. A great team, lead by the great Fred Hutchinson. It would be neat-o if the the Reds lined up a tribute to the ’61 team with a bobblehead of a player from the roster. Alas, we don’t see this one in the cards. The obvious choice, Frank Robinson, has already had his time in the Reds bobblehead spotlight. There are a handful of other Reds from that season that would peek our interest, but prolly not enough for the Reds to make it happen. Seeing Jim O’Toole, Jim Maloney, Bob Purkey from the pitching staff would be awesome. Vada Pinson could give Frank some company on our bookshelves. Gus Bell or Wally Post would get us fired up too. A Leo Cardenas bobblehead would compete with the Sean Casey bobblehead for nicest Reds player with a bobblehead – EVER.
Only When Mike Brown Hires a GM
We would like to see this dual bobblehead: Joey Votto and Charlie Manuel hugging it out. It just seems fitting that after last year’s All-Star Game snub that if those guys can get past it, so should the fans. A bobblehead commemorating that very moment would be a cherished keepsake for maybe, like, a few folks.
With Aroldis Chapman getting the Action Figure promo (7/16/11), we have to think that the Cuban Missile will have to shelf the bobblehead idea for at least a season. Let’s talk next year.
Sparky Anderson would also be a great choice. But, he’s getting a promo of his own in the form of a bronze statue (5/14/11). Good deal – you’ll see us there.
Thanks for listening to us ramble on again about bobbleheads. Let us know what you think. Who should be immortalized on dusty basement shelves across Greater Cincinnati for decades to come with a ceramic likeness of… yeah. While you’re at it, here is theThe history of Reds SGA bobbleheads.