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The Master List Of 2013 MLB Bobblehead Giveaways

It’s probably needless to say for someone who spent the time going to each MLB team’s individual promotional schedules, but I enjoy bobblehead nights.  And this season, the MLB teams have a combined 95 bobblehead nights.

Most are current players, but you have the occasional broadcaster (Cardinals announcer Mike Shannon, complete with a sound chip in the bobble), mascot (Mr. Met is knitting in his as part of Stitch N Pitch, because who doesn’t want to go to a baseball game and knit scarves and hats – this is real) and retired player (the A’s Reggie Jackson looks the coolest, although the Rangers Nolan Ryan bobble picture isn’t available yet).

Some other highlights include a Dodgers Rick Monday bobble honoring the time he ran onto the field to stop fans from burning the American Flag:

Hanley Ramirez’s “I see you” bobble (what?)

Hanley Ramirez

and a Coco Crisp “Coco lean” bobble (what? again)

Coco Crisp

The Royals are giving out a series of Ketchup, Mustard and Relish bobbles.

Ketchup Relish Mustard

Winner of the Most Ironic bobble has to be the Brewer’s Ryan Braun bobble sponsored by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, because that’s how he got so strong, not from all of those (alleged) PEDs.

Ryan Braun

Those relevant to the Phillies include the Ruiz and Hamels bobbles that the Phillies are giving away, a Juan Pierre Marlins 20th Anniversary bobble and, not a bobblehead, but the Cubs are giving away a Ryno the Rhino Build-A-Bear.  While we’re talking non-bobblehead promotional giveaways, the Giants are giving away wine bottle stoppers, a full set including each of their announcers.

Giants Announcers bottle stoppers

The Dodgers and Brewers are leaders in the clubhouse, each with 10 bobblehead nights, followed by the Rockies with 9, although they haven’t announced what any of those 9 bobbles will be.

The Red Sox don’t have any bobblehead nights announced, and the Yankees, Padres, Orioles and Astros have only announced 1 each.

My favorite so far?  Reggie Jackson, but the Harold Baines ChiSox is right there too.

April 6th – Giants vs Cardinals – Buster Posey

April 7th – Brewers vs Diamondbacks – Norichika Aoki

April 13th – Nationals vs Braves – TBD

April 13th – Padres vs Rockies – Chase Headley

April 13th – Angels vs Astros – Mike Trout

April 20th – Reds vs Marlins – Brandon Phillips

April 20th – Pirates vs Braves – Andrew McCutchen

April 20th – Astros vs Indians – Jose Altuve

April 21st – Mets vs Nationals – Ron Darling

April 21st – Rays vs Athletics – Astro (David Price’s dog)

April 21st – Rockies vs Diamondbacks – TBD (20th Anniversary)

April 21st – Brewers vs Cubs – George Scott

April 21st – Blue Jays vs Yankees – Edwin Encarnacion

April 27th – White Sox vs Rays – Harold Raines

April 27th – Athletics vs Orioles – Reggie Jackson

April 28th – Cardinals vs Pirates – Carlos Beltran

April 30th – Dodgers vs Rockies – Hanley Ramirez (“I See You”?)

May 4th – Royals vs White Sox – Billy Butler

May 5th – Brewers vs Cardinals – Corey Hart

May 5th – Rockies vs Rays – TBD (20th Anniversary)

May 10th – Twins vs Orioles – Josh Willing”hammer”

May 11th – Mets vs Pirates – Mr. Met knitting

May 11th – Reds vs Brewers – Aroldis Chapman

May 11th – White Sox vs Angels – Paul Konerko

May 14th – Dodgers vs Nationals – Matt Kemp

May 16th – Angels vs White Sox – Mark Trumbo

May 18th – Pirates vs Astros – AJ Burnett

May 19th – Rockies vs Giants – TBD (20th Anniversary)

May 21st – Rangers vs Athletics – Nolan Ryan

May 25th – Mariners vs Rangers – Felix Hernandez

May 25th – Mets vs Braves – John Franco

May 25th – Dodgers vs Cardinals – Jamie Jarrin

May 25th – Royals vs Angels – Ketchup

May 26th – Brewers vs Pirates – Ryan Braun (sponsored by Wisc Milk Marketing Board)

May 26th – Giants vs Rockies – Barry Zito

May 30th – Braves vs Blue Jays – Freddie Freeman

June 1st – Indians vs Rays – Albert Belle

June 1st – Diamondbacks vs Cubs – Darwin Barney (with 1,000 gold bobbleheads. thanks @AnswerDave!)

June 2nd – Rockies vs Dodgers – TBD (20th Anniversary)

June 4th – Phillies vs Marlins – Carlos Ruiz

June 5th – Reds vs Rockies – Mat Latos

June 6th – Dodgers vs Braves – Don Sutton

June 8th – Diamondbacks vs Giants – Aaron Hill

June 9th – Brewers vs Phillies – Carlos Gomez

June 11th – Rangers vs Indians – Yu Darvish

June 16th – Rockies vs Phillies – TBD (20th Anniversary)

June 20th – Angels vs Mariners – CJ Wilson

June 20th – Braves vs Mets – BJ Upton

June 22nd – Royals vs White Sox – Mustard

June 22nd – Cubs vs Astros – Edwin Jackson

June 22nd – Giants vs Marlins – Ryan Vogelsong

June 23rd – Nationals vs Rockies – TBD

June 23rd – Brewers vs Braves – Polish Racing Sausage

June 27th – Dodgers vs Phillies – Sandy Koufax

June 29th – Athletics vs Cardinals – Coco Crisp (Coco lean)

June 30th – Marlins vs Padres – Juan Pierre (20th anniversary of franchise)

June 30th – Mets vs Nationals – Davie Wright

June 30th – Rockies vs Giants – TBD (20th Anniversary)

July 3rd – Reds vs Giants – Todd Frazier

July 5th – Cardinals vs Marlins – Mike Shannon (voice of the Cardinals)

July 6th – Rays vs White Sox – Evan Longoria

July 7th – Blue Jays vs Twins – JC Arencibia

July 7th – Brewers vs Mets – Hank Aaron

July 8th – Indians vs Tigers – Omar Vizquel

July 11th – Dodgers vs Rockies – Adrian Gonzalez

July 14th – Tigers vs Rangers – Justin Verlander

July 19th – Twins vs Indians – Joe Mauer/ Justin Morneau double bobble

July 20th – Nationals vs Dodgers – TBD

July 20th – Royals vs Tigers – Relish

July 21st – Mets vs Phillies – Dwight Gooden

July 21st – Rockies vs Cubs – TBD (20th Anniversary)

July 25th – Dodgers vs Reds – Vin Scully

July 28th – Rockies vs Brewers – TBD (20th Anniversary)

August 3rd – Cubs vs Dodgers – Kyuji Fujikawa

August 4th – Marlins vs Indians – Mike Lowell (10th anniversary of World Series win)

August 4th – Brewers vs Nationals – Harvey Kuenn

August 6th – Reds vs Athletics – Joey Votto

August 10th – Diamondbacks vs Mets – Paul Goldschmidt

August 10th – Dodgers vs Rays – Hideo Nomo

August 10th – White Sox vs Twins – Ron Kittle

August 10th – Mariners vs Brewers – Ken Griffey Jr.

August 11th – Blue Jays vs Athletics – Brett Lawrie

August 17th – Athletics vs Indians – Yoenis Cespedes

August 21st – Phillies vs Rockies – Cole Hamels

August 25th – Mets vs Tigers – Tom Seaver

August 27th – Dodgers vs Cubs – Rick Monday (Flag saving)

August 31st – Cubs vs Phillies – Anthony Rizzo

September 1st – Brewers vs Angels – Gorman Thomas

September 12th – Dodgers vs Giants – Magic Johnson

September 13th – Cardinals vs Mariners – Mike Matheny

September 14th – Diamondbacks vs Rockies – Miguel Montero

September 15th – Brewers vs Reds – Ben Oglivie

September 17th – Tigers vs Mariners – Miguel Cabrera

September 25th – Rockies vs Red Sox – TBD (20th Anniversary)

September 25th – Yankees vs Rays – Snoopy

September 29th – Orioles vs Red Sox – Fans’ Choice

Chris Johnson is the Promotions Director for 94WIP, co-host of What’s The Word on Phillies 24/7, as well as co-host of the Time’s Yours Podcast. He loves bobbleheads. Follow him @chrisjohnsonjr.

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Conroy: The 2012 Phillies Stink, But It’s Nobody’s Fault

Michael Conroy is a freelance sportswriter and Flyers fan, and a guest writer for Spike Eskin Dot Com. You can find him on Twitter @MichaelConroyPM.

Those damned, dirty Phillies are ruining our summer. How could Reuben Amaro Jr. do this to us loyal fans? How could Charlie Manuel put us through such agony? The players clearly don’t care about winning and it’s time to trade and fire everyone.

Okay, that was a little engagement in some hyperbolic sarcasm. I can’t actually join the angry mob that is forming over at Citizen’s Bank Park even though I’m bored and I REALLY want to. The truth is that Charlie Manuel has never been a great manager but he is better now then he was when the Phillies won the world series in 2008. We can’t get mad at Michael Martinez for being Michael Martinez either. As for Ruben Amaro, maybe this is a “me problem” but I will never be able to attack a general manager for going out and spending gobs of money on the best talent available. My heart just wouldn’t be in it. With all of that in mind, I feel it’s important that we, as a fan base, collectively come to one realization. The Philadelphia Phillies are a bad baseball team and it’s nobody’s fault.

If you were to ask me if this season has been a disappointment, I’d reply with a question of my own: “Do you still beat your wife?” That’s because your question is a loaded one. I think we need to identify what our expectations were coming into a season with a worse roster, one year older. If you didn’t expect a step back, you were being unreasonable. The problem is that no one knew how to quantify that expected drop off. There was no way to tell how far the team would fall as a result of injury, aging, and turnover on the depth chart.

As of right now, the Phillies sit four games below .500 and everybody has their own solution to this “problem.” I’m writing this to tell you that you’re wrong. You’re wrong and you should stop wasting your time. There is no bright young talent for this team in the minor leagues. There is no blockbuster trade that is going to return the team to title contender status. We have exhausted all of the team’s resources in pursuit of the success that we’ve enjoyed during the past five seasons…and that’s okay.

When a perennial championship contender falls from it’s pedestal in a city, the situation can be categorized in one of two ways. One of these categories is divorce. This is, by far, Philadelphia’s favorite way to process the loss of a title contending team. It’s very simple, we get to pick sides, gossip and our anger can be directed at clearly defined targets as we see fit. The fans have lost something, but we get to make someone pay for it. The loss of our 2008-2011 Phillies simply cannot be processed this way. That team lived a vibrant life, accomplished many great things, realized it’s dream; our dream as a world champion and now it’s gone. This falls under the category of death. In Philly, we hate accepting this point of view because in this scenario, there is simply nobody to blame; no one to direct our anger at.

We went through our denial phase before the year when we signed a $50 million closer to an aging team that had assuredly taken a massive step backwards with the loss of Ryan Howard and Chase Utley as we knew him. Next came anger, which we have directed towards just about anyone we possibly could. From Reuben Amaro Jr. and Charlie Manuel to Michael Martinez, Mike Fontenot, and even our beloved Chase Utley, they’ve all been the “reason” we lost our Phillies this summer.

Next up was bargaining. During this phase is when you heard all of the talk about “treading water” until Halladay, Utley and Howard come back. Countless media members brought up how much of a second-half team this is and that if the team could just get in to the post-season, then anything could happen. For the past week or two, Philadelphia has been in the depression phase. The fans have finally realized how bleak the situation is and that the team just simply isn’t who they were anymore. The run of division titles; the dominance over the National League is over.

Now we have finally come to face the most difficult stage of grief: acceptance. Our dominant Phillies are dead and gone. It won’t be an upset when they lose anymore. We all won’t “expect” to see a win everytime we spend money on a ticket to a game. The time has come for us to accept these facts and move on. I am asking you all to just move on. Stop all of the trade talk and stop pointing fingers. This team has given us fans so much to cheer for since 2008. The core of Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz, and Cole Hamels provided fans with everything we could have asked for. They brought us wins, excitement, consistent playoff success and above all, this team brought Philadelphia a world championship. This had to end at some point. The fans needed to pay for all of it but I wouldn’t give the time and experiences we had with that team back just to avoid the pain we are feeling now.

So go to the games and cheer for the team. Enjoy the treat of watching Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee pitch for as long as they remain here. Take in the at-bats of our captain, Jimmy Rollins who has been a symbol for one of the most successful teams in Philadelphia sports history. Do all of these things and don’t agonize over the many losses this hollowed team will undoubtedly suffer.  For a world series in Philly, for the memories the team gave us, we can watch some ugly baseball for the next few years and do it with a smile on our faces.

 

 

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Photoshop With Matt Mac: Cancun Canseco CraneKicked

Jose Canseco hit a baseball clear over them there mountains. Cranekicker called his bluff. Photoshop ensues…

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Time’s Yours Podcast: Phillies Memories With Bill Baer of Crashburn Alley

I remember it well … we were on the way to my Aston Middletown Little League game, and it happened. Mike Schmidt hit his 500th home run, and my little league game was the reason my dad didn’t see it. That’s how I remember one of the 100 Things Phillies Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die. Dad never made me feel bad about that by the way.

Bill Baer usually writes about stats, but in this book he writes about memories. His new book, 100 things Phillies Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die is exactly what the title says it is.

We talked about the book, and what it’s like for a guy who normally writes about numbers to write about something like this.

Follow Bill Baer on Twitter @CrashburnAlley, and check out his work on Crashburn Alley.

Buy the book for just 10 bucks on Amazon right now.

Subscribe to the Time’s Yours podcast on iTunes.

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Time’s Yours Podcast: The Phillies Not-So-Hot Stove And The Sixers Schedule

Tell 'Em Why You Mad, Thad

For a week without very much actual sports being played here in Philly, there sure was a lot going on.

Pat Gallen and I talk about the Phillies off-season activities, and what the Marlins signings of Jose Reyes and possibly Albert Pujols mean, as well as whether or not the Sixers schedule benefits team. We also get into what it will take to keep Thad Young.

And of course, we talk about the End Of Lockout party, which is Friday (all information is here).

You can follow Pat on Twitter @PatGallen_PN and check him out on Phillies Nation and ESPN 97.3 in South Jersey.

You can subscribe to Time’s Yours on iTunes here.

You can subscrine to Time’s Yours via RSS here. 

 

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Addicted To The Rush Of The Phillies Postseason

I hesitate to even write the words, but ignoring it won’t make it go away. After Friday night, the Phillies season may be over.

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Photoshop Fun: Charlie Manuel Means Business

Matt Mac (_@mattmac on Twitter) discovered that Charlie Manuel has changed his image a bit to let the Phillies know he’s serious. We give you, Clubber Manuel.  Read the full story

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Could Philly Turn On The Phillies?

I was in the car on Monday, listening to WIP callers lose their minds over the Eagles loss to the Giants, and I got to thinking about the Phillies.

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Jimmy Rollins On The Giants?

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