Category: Ellis

My Baseball Collections: Bobbleheads

I love bobbleheads. Seriously. I don’t have a whole lot, but they are a baseball-related collection that I enjoy, so I figured I would create a blog entry about them. My goal is to try and post a Baseball collection entry every Friday for as long as I can.

First, I want to start off with the bobbleheads that I have gotten as giveaways at games that I have attended.

The first game that I ever went to and got a bobblehead at was on July 17th, 2011 in Oakland. You can read about that entry here. This game was 80’s Turn-Back-The-Clock day, and the giveaway was an MC Hammer bobblehead that had a rotating base.

Here is the box that the bobblehead came in.
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On the box of the bobblehead, the A’s will put information regarding the person that the bobblehead is of. Here, it is for MC Hammer.
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On all the A’s 2011 and 2012 bobble heads, the A’s put a checklist on one side of the bobblehead, with all of the bobbleheads from that year. Here it is for the MC Hammer bobblehead.
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On the other side, they put something regarding the person on the bobbled
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Here is the bobblehead itself.
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The back of the bobblehead.
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Here is a 4-part photo of the bobblehead spinning
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This is one of the coolest bobbleheads I have ever heard of.

If you are wondering why it is of MC Hammer, he was a bat boy for the A’s as a teenager, good friends with Charlie Finley.

If you go down and read the comments, Mateo Fischer suggested that I make a GIF of the bobblehead spinning. Here it is!

Created with Gifboom

Thanks for the idea Mateo! If you have a chance, check out his newest blog entry, where he dissects a baseball!

I wonder if I should try and do this. What do you guys think? I think it would be fun to do it, so let me know in the comments!

The next game I attended and got a bobblehead giveaway was August 13th, 2011 at the Coliseum. That entry, you can find here. The player featured was former catcher, current color commentator, Ray Fosse. Here is the box it came in.
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The information on Ray Fosse.
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Here is the checklist side
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And the player side
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This is the actual bobblehead.
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I love the touch of the microphone in his hand!

Here is the backside of the bobblehead.
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The next game that I went to and received a bobblehead giveaway was May 26th, 2012 in Stockton. THat blog entry can be found here. The featured player was Michael Choice. The boxes for Ports bobbleheads are blank, white, all the way around.
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Here is the bobblehead.
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And the backside.
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The final bobblehead that I have gotten as a giveaway, you may remember, was August 18th in Oakland. It was Moneyball movie night, and Scott Hatteberg bobblehead giveaway. You can find that blog entry here. During the A’s 20 Game win streak in 2002, to win the game for the A’s, Hatteberg hit a walk-off home run, to cap a dramatic game, in which the Royals came back from a huge deficit to tie the game. Here is the box.
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The information on the box:
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Here is the checklist side
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The 4th side commemeates the 20-game win streak
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The bobblehead itself is very, very, neat!
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Note his name under the bobblehead, with the date of the home run on the side

Here is the backside of the bobblehead.
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When that little white button is pressed, the bobblehead will play Bill King’s radio call of the dramatic home run, played from the little speaker that you see, behind the Pepsi logo. Very, very, very cool!

Also notice, that one the other side of the bottom stand, it says “20 GAME WIN STREAK”

This next bobblehead was not a giveaway, however I did purchase it at a game. On Root Beer Float day, on June 20th, (Entry here) I found a stand that had old giveaways from pervious games for sale. I found a Justin Duchscherer bobblehead for $5, which I went ahead and purchaesd. I believe it was a giveaway in 2009. Here is the box.
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The information on the box:
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Here is the actual bobblehead:
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And the back of the bobblehead:
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All of my other bobbleheads, I have purchased on eBay.

The first one is a Mark Ellis bobblehead from 2007. Here is the box
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The info on the back of the box:
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There are a lot of neat details on this bobblehead
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Here is the backside.
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This is a very simple, classic bobble head. I like it a lot!

The next two I purchased together on eBay, from the same seller as the Ellis one.

The first one is a Jack Cust bobblehead from 2008. Here is the box
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The information on the box:
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And now the bobble head.
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I guess there were a limited number of these made with him wearing the alternate black jersey. I want to say 500 of them were mixed in with the others. However, as you noticed, I have the one with the green jersey. Here is the backside of the bobblehead.
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The final one I have to show you is a Travis Buck bobblehead. Here is the box:
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The information on the box:
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Now the actual bobblehead:
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Here is the back of the bobblehead.
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I think these are all pretty cool. What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments which one is your favorite! I’ll have another Mail Time! entry up within the next few days, so check pack often for that post!

Nick Badders is a unofficial reporter for MLB.com. He writes the blog, 7000 Coliseum Way, and you can follow him on Twitter @nickbatters or his blog @7000ColiseumWay. You can also LIKE his blog on Facebook or follow him @nickbatters or his blog @7000ColiseumWay on Instagram. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

6/20/12 at the Oakland Coliseum

I had been looking forward to this game for a long time. It was an interleague game, Root Beer (Or Orange Crush) Float Day and the Dodgers were using commemorative balls. And because of root beer float day, the gates would open 2 hours early, instead of the usual weekday 1 1/2 hours. early. My plan was to leave for the BART Station around 1 and get to the Coliseum sometime between 1:30 and 2pm. I would ask around to find the best gate to enter and head to that gate.

I had tweeted the A’s earlier and they recommended LL or MM. After entering, I would head straight to the Eastside Club to get my Orange Crush Float in a autographed Cliff Pennington mug and head out to the bleachers and ballhawk.

Well the only one problem was that my sister had nature camp that lasted until 4. The game started at 7. The gates opened at 5. I wanted to get there between 1:30 and 2. Problem achieved. My parents picked her up around 2, because that was all that was the only time the camp would let us get her. They came home, my sister put on her A’s gear and we headed out to BART. This game was only going to be me, my mom, and sister, so my dad just dropped us off at the BART station and we were off.

The ride on BART lasted half an hour, like it always does. I killed some time my studying up on the Dodgers roster.

We got to the Coliseum ar 3:30 and from there, we got in line at gate LL.

I walked around the stadium a few times and noticed some interesting things. As I walked past C and D gates, the 2 that are open for entrance every game had moveable fences around them. But nobody was in line. NOBODY at all!

I also 2 the CBS 5 news trucks by Oracle Arena.

When I got back to line, I still had time to kill before 5:05. I saw the, loading the root beer inside.

And the set up in process.

I also ate lunch and talked with some lady that was nice. When it was time to go in, I had my bag checked and ticket scanned, and I ran to the table straight ahead, where the special mugs could be purchased. My sister and I both purchased a Cliff Pennington autographed mug, and it was actually hand-autographed, not just stamped or printed on.

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(That picture along with the next 3 were taken on my phone at home)

As I entered the East Side club, I got my bearings and considered my options. Should I get my float from somebody right away and risk a great opportunity, or go farther and see what else there was? I decided to go all the way to the end, and on a certain level, it payed off. There was a table that said “Everything $5” I looked closer and there were past giveaways there. All ones that I had wanted. I ended up getting a Justin Duchscherer bobblehead…
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a Ryan Sweeney Jersey…
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and an Athletics yoga mat…
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Pretty legit. I decided to get a float from Stomper, the A’s mascot, and Splash, the Ports mascot.

Yes, I would have rathered gotten a float served from the Warrior Girls, Raiderettes, Mrs. McCarthy (You may recognize her from ESPN) or Jonny Gomes, but I decided to get my float quick and get to ballhawking. Right when I got to the RF bleachers, the A’s were just ending BP… I waited a few minutes, and right after my mom and sister arrived, the Dodgers started hitting.

I have no words to describe the frustrations. There was a ball hit a little ways over my head, and as I chased to get it, it bounced around and I couldn’t get to it in time. It was a commemorative ball. Great. And of course, on the next pitch, before I could get back to the front, a ball was hit right where I had been standing. And the guy tried to barehand it and it landed on the out-of-town scoreboard. Commemorative ball. Great. There were many other stories like this, including one where some guy pushed me out of the way to get a ball, and he didn’t even catch it. And it was commemorative too… WHAT THE HECK??? There was a ball that rolled up onto the warning track and Todd Coffey went to go get it. I yelled out “Hey Todd! Is there any chance that you could please throw me that ball?” That prompted everyone to start yelling things like “Todd!” “Coffey” “T-Cod!” “Ball!” and “Throw it here!” He then asked “Who said please?” Everyone in the section pointed to me, and I told him that I had, but some guy yelled out “I DID!” and Todd threw it to him. Ugh! It was commemorative too! He was the only Dodger who threw a ball up during ALL OF BP! They were being very, very stingy about balls. Just like in San Diego. At 6:20, when batting practice was over, I had 0 balls. Yay!

I headed out of the bleachers and down to the Dodgers dugout to try and get a ball. Boy was it crowded! Wow! I put on my Dodgers hat and took off my Jersey and tried my luck, but within a few minutes, the usher kicked us all out. Cool. I then headed to the Dodgers bullpen, where I was for 20 minutes before the ushers started checking tickets. I stayed off to the side, until an usher headed my way, where I went to the section behind the cross aisle, where tickets were not being checked. I was hoping to get a ball from a player warming up, but I couldn’t get close enough… stupid ushers…

I changed back into my A’s gear and headed for my seat, where I told my sister of my frustrations. My only hope at this point was a Home Run ball, or a 3rd out toss up. In the top of the 8th, Josh Reddick missed a throw from Coco Crisp while warming up, so he grabbed the ball, I called out to him; he pointed to me, and threw the ball. Some old guy reached in front of me at the *very* last minute and got the ball. This was just not my night. But it would get worse. Josh Reddick caught the 3rd out of the inning, and he once against pointed to me. But this time, he chucked it 10 feet above my head. I sprinted back in hopes of getting it on a rebound, but right has I went to grab it, a 300 pound man pushed me/tackled me, and ended up with the ball. This was horrible!

In the bottom of the 8th inning, Brandon Moss stepped up to the plate and CRUSHED the ball to the RF bleachers, a section to my left. But because the bleachers were so packed and are hard to navigate, I wasn’t able to get there in time, and the ball bobbled around a little bit, before somebody grabbed it.

That was the closest I came again, and as a result, I got shut out again. Wonderful.

I got a great picture with my awesome sister.

And a picture with all of my loot, I guess you could say.

In clockwise order from the top, you have my french fry helmet, my Root Beer float mug, my bobblehead, my Jersey, and yoga mat.

Keep scrolling after the stats for a few more pictures…
BALLHAWKING STATS:
• 0 balls at this game
• 4 balls in 4 Major League games this season = 1 ball per game.
• 7 balls in 7 baseball games this season = 1 ball per game.
• 9 Lifetime Major League baseballs
• 12 total balls

This is what it looks like from the BART train approaching the Coliseum

I took this picture of the sign that is Oakland’s equivalent of the Yankee Stadium subway sign thing

Nick Badders is a unofficial reporter for MLB.com. He writes the blog, 7000 Coliseum Way, and you can follow him on Twitter @nickbatters or his blog @7000ColiseumWay. You can also LIKE his blog on Facebook or follow him @nickbatters or his blog @7000ColiseumWay on Instagram. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Preview for 5/31/11 A’s Game

Yankees vs Athletics
Tuesday 5/31, 7:05 PM PT at Overstock.com Coliseum
Radio: SportsRadio 95.7 FM
TV: CSNCA, MLBN
Athletics

Brett Anderson

Brett Anderson: Anderson was dominant against the Angels in his last outing. He tossed a three-hit shutout over eight innings and struck out four batters en route to the win. He has allowed just four runs combined in his last three starts.
2011 season
3-4, 2.84 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 56 Ks
vs. Yankees last 5 years
0-3, 4.68 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 19 Ks

Lineup:
1. Crisp, CF
2. DeJesus, RF
3. Jackson, 1B
4. Willingham, DH
5. Sweeny, LF
6. Suzuki, C
7. Ellis, 2B
8. Kouzmanoff, 3B
9. LaRoche, SS

Yankees

Freddy Garcia

Freddy Garcia: Garcia looks to string together back-to-back wins after defeating the Blue Jays with 6 1/3 innings of three-run ball on May 25. The veteran has allowed three runs or fewer in three of his last four starts.
2011 season
3-4, 3.26 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 36 Ks
vs. Athletics last 5 years
0-1, 8.59 ERA, 2.32 WHIP, 7 Ks

Lineup:
1. Jeter, SS
2. Granderson, CF
3. Teixeira, 1B
4. Rodrigues, 3B
5. Cano, 2B
6. Martin, C
7. Swisher, RF
8. Jones, DH
9. Gardner, LF

Bottom Line: This is a must-win game for the A’s!

A Loose 5-0 to Bronx Bombers…

Bartolo Colon

Perfect weather on memorial day in front of a sell-out crowd of 35,067 at the Overtock.com coliseum in Oakland. There was just one thing missing. The A’s bats completely disapeared as they were shut out by Bartolo Colon and the Yankees 5-0.

Trevor Cahill only allowed four hits, inculding a home run my Mark Teixeria, but allowed 4 runs and tied his season high with 5 walks. Colon never strayed from a steady supply of strikes — 71 out of 103 pitches — that consistently found the mid-90s zone on the radar gun all the way through the last pitch in his first complete game since July 5, 2006, at Seattle. The beating followed a healthy stretch of offensive production, as the A’s entered the contest batting .286 over their last eight games, five of which resulted in victory. Aside from doubles off the bats of Josh Willingham and Cliff Pennington, the A’s couldn’t manage much in the hit column. And the walks were missing, too, as Colon refused to offer up a free pass. Cahill’s location was just as good, but only in innings not named the first. The young hurler admitted to losing sense of his mechanics a touch, as he did in his last outing, and noted that adjusting his arm slot when necessarily has presented the biggest problem. Previously, Cahill had allowed just one first-inning run for a 0.82 ERA and .139 opponents average in the first frame this year, and he had surrendered just six total in 41 first innings in his career.

One possible bright spot for the A’s was to see Mark Ellis contiue is fantastic defense as he made a brillinat play in the fourth, snagging a Brett Gardner line drive to end a Yankees threat.

Josh Willingham doubled in the second, but the A’s just couldn’t bring him home to score a run.In the bottom of the 6th inning, Kevin Kouzmanoff singled to start the inning, but was thrown out at second on a Coco crsip ground out. The A’s failed to score Coco, as Daric Barton grounded out to Robinson Cano. Kurt Suzuki singled to lead off the eight, but was erased on a double play grounded into by Mark Ellis. Cliff Pennington doubled to lead off the bottom of the ninth, with the A’s hoping to aviod being shut out. Coco crisp grounded out to second base and advanced Cliff to thrid. The A’s had a runner on third with one out, but Daric Barton popped out to Alex Rodriguez in foul territory. They had two outs and a runner on third, but David DeJesus flied out to Brett Gardner to seal the shut out for Bartolo Colon.

This could have been a winnable game for the A’s only if they had been able to score some runs…