Best of the Week: 3/29/2020 – 4/4/2020

The Best of the Week was the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame’s announcement that they would be producing a Dr. Anthony Fauci bobblehead! The Bobble Hall is taking orders now and expect to begin shipping them in July. In addition, they will donate $5 from everyone they sell to the American Hospital Association’s 100 Million Mask Challenge.

Maybe its not quite baseball-related, but it will forever remind me of the 2020 baseball season. He’ll have a special place of honor on my bobblehead shelf, perhaps next to Spider-Manny and Trey Iron-Mancini!

~ baseballrebecca





National Bobblehead Day

img_4022National Bobblehead Day was observed earlier this week, on January 7. Many teams and individuals posted pictures of their collections, upcoming giveaways, and other really cool bobbles. There are some pretty impressive bobbles out ther!

Over the holidays I took off a few much-needed days and one of my projects for my time off was to organize my bobblehead shelves to make room for the bobbles I recently acquired. My bobblehead “display case” consists of two Ikea shelving-things that essentially are the size of about eight large crates – four levels of shelves with side-by-side cubicles. So,  in honor of National Bobblehead Day, below is a rundown of my small collection.

Super Heroes – which includes Negro Leaguers, Cal Ripken, and Manny Machado, plus a few others – are on the top of the display shelves:


The next three levels – six cubes in total – are split between the Nationals and the Orioles. Most of these bobbles have come from the Potomac Nationals and Washington Nationals – and the majority of those on superhero level are Orioles, so that bottom Oriole shelf also includes my collection of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing bobbleheads, joining my beloved Trey “Moon” Mancini bobble:

The bottom row includes bobbles from other teams – generally the Yankees – but also including Yasiel Puig, Barry Bonds, Luis Gonzalez, and Hilary Clinton:

There’s definitely still room to grow on the bottom shelves – and I’m looking forward to seeing who I can collect this season!

Who’s in your bobblehead collections?

~ baseballrebecca




2020 Baseball Planning – with Bobbleheads!

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Jaleel White as Steve Urkel. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

2020 is here – so what are your baseball plans for the new year? It’s never too early to think about baseball! The 2020 schedules for MLB and MiLB have been out for some time now, and tickets are available for most Spring Training games and the Caribbean Series.

If you still need some help deciding, several teams already have their bobblehead schedules out – check out the list below (I’ll update it later as more teams release their schedules). I might even have to go get me an Akron RubberDucks Urkel bobblehead!

Happy New Year!

­~ baseballrebecca

Date Team Bobble
Holiday Ticket Pkg. Bowie Baysox Choose a bobblehead with season tickets or mini-pack – including Ryan Mountcastle and Hunter Harvey
Holiday Ticket Pkg. Reds Buddy the Elf Bobblehead (with 4-ticket gift pack)
Holiday Ticket Pkg. Reds Oversized Nick Senzel bobblehead (with pick-6 ticket plan)
28-Mar Dodgers Max Muncy
30-Mar Dodgers Bobblehead TBD
9-Apr Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Keston Hiura
11-Apr Mariners Kyle Seager
11-Apr Dodgers Don Drysdale
22-Apr Red Sox Star Wars Mandalorian JD bobblehead (special ticket required)
24-Apr Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Cody Bellinger
25-Apr Reds Queen City Sluggers Triple bobblehead – Ted Kluszewski, George Foster, and Eugenio Suarez
25-Apr Cardinals Kolten Wong
26-Apr Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Fang T. Rattler bobblehead dressed in Yooper Day Gear
29-Apr Dodgers Bobblehead TBD
2-May Mariners Mariner Moose Pop! Collectible
8-May Trenton Thunder Marvel’s Black Widow bobblehead
10-May Pirates Pirates Wonder Woman bobblehead (all kids and moms)
16-May Reds Sonny Gray
17-May Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Trent Grisham
20-May Dodgers Bobblehead TBD
23-May Dodgers Bobblehead TBD
23-May Pirates Joe Musgrove
23-May Cardinals Paul Goldschmidt
29-May Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Brent Suter
30-May Mariners Marco Gonzales
31-May Cardinals Willie McGee bobblehead gnome
2-Jun Portland Sea Dogs Darwinzon Hernandez
3-Jun Trenton Thunder El Trueno Sugar Skull bobblehead
4-Jun Dodgers Bobblehead TBD
11-Jun Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Udder Tuggers Mascot bobblehead
16-Jun Pirates Bill Mazeroski Gold Glove Award Bobblehead
18-Jun Dodgers Bobblehead TBD
19-Jun Cardinals Ted Simmons
20-Jun Dodgers Bobblehead TBD
26-Jun Reds Trevor Bauer
26-Jun Trenton Thunder Marvel’s Black Panther bobblehead
28-Jun Phillies Bryce Harper
2-Jul Dodgers Bobblehead TBD
2-Jul Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Lorenzo Cain
3-Jul Cardinals Whitey Herzog Fishing bobblehead
4-Jul Pirates Josh Bell
5-Jul Cardinals Jack Buck Statue with Voice Chip
11-Jul Reds Eric Davis Funko Pop! Collectible
16-Jul Dodgers Vin Scully
18-Jul Akron RubberDucks Jaleel White appearance and Steve Urkel bobblehead
19-Jul Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Ethan Small
21-Jul Dodgers Bobblehead TBD
21-Jul Portland Sea Dogs Rafael Devers
24-Jul Trenton Thunder Gleyber Torres
25-Jul Reds Mike Moustakas
31-Jul Reds Bobblehead TBD
2-Aug Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Aaron Ashby
4-Aug Trenton Thunder Marvel’s IronMan bobblehead
5-Aug Dodgers Bobblehead TBD
8-Aug Dodgers Bobblehead TBD
8-Aug Pirates Trevor William Star Ward bobblehead
9-Aug Cardinals Ozzie Smith Funko POP!
13-Aug Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Manny Piña Bratoberfest bobblehead
15-Aug Reds Luis Castillo Funko Popl! Collectible
15-Aug Dodgers Bobblehead TBD
15-Aug Cardinals Yadier Molina
18-Aug Portland Sea Dogs Bobby Dalbec
22-Aug Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Sugar Skull Whiffer bobblehead
25-Aug Trenton Thunder Aaron Judge
27-Aug Dodgers Bobblehead TBD
29-Aug Reds Joey Votto
29-Aug Cardinals Mystery Cardinals Hall of Fame bobblehead
30-Aug Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Fans’ Choice bobblehead
1-Sep Portland Sea Dogs Xander Bogaerts
6-Sep Pirates Kids Pierogy Figurines (kids 14 and younger)
12-Sep Pirates Doug Drabek 1990 Cy Young Award bobblehead
16-Sep Dodgers Bobblehead TBD


Go Nats (bobbleheads)!

Last week an article made the rounds about a Nats fan who has collected every bobblehead given out by the Washington Nationals. Very impressive:

Many folks commented that they have better collections, or even more bobbleheads. Mine may not be better (actually, it is) and I may not have more (but I appear to have more Potomac Nationals bobbleheads), but I’m getting in on the game, too! So, in honor of Game 2 tonight, here are a few pics of my Nationals bobbleheads:





Go Nats! May the force be with you!

~ baseballrebecca

September Bobbleheads

There’s just one month left to get a bobblehead at a stadium near you! Have you gotten any so far this year?

Date Team Bobblehead/Statue/Etc. 
2-Sep Cardinals Yadier Molina Funko POP!
3-Sep Red Sox Andrew Benintendi ALCS Catch Bobblehead
3-Sep Cardinals Woody Williams (special ticket required)
4-Sep Red Sox Snoopy’s Woodstock Red Sox bobblehead (special ticket)
4-Sep Dodgers Bobblehead TBA
6-Sep Braves Día de Los Bravos Bobblehead (special ticket required)
7-Sep Astros Justin Verlander
7-Sep Twins Joe Mauer bobblehead #4
7-Sep Reds Ken Griffey Jr. 150 Series Bobblehead
7-Sep Marlins Brian Anderson
7-Sep Pirates Pirates Spider-Man Bobblehead
8-Sep A’s Bert Campaneris
8-Sep Padres Padres-themed Hello Kitty bobblehead (special ticket required)
12-Sep Twins Snoopy Bobblehead (special ticket required)
13-Sep Angels Trout/Ducks Bobblehead
13-Sep Cardinals St. Lous Blues Night Cardinal player bobblehead (special ticket required)
13-Sep Nationals Anthony Rendon
14-Sep Mariners Bobblehead TBA
14-Sep Rangers “Hello, A.L. Pennant” Bengie Molina & Neftali Feliz Bobblehead
14-Sep Giants Dia de los Gigantes Bobblehead (special ticket required)
14-Sep Cardinals Stan Musial and Red Schoendienst Double Bobblehead
15-Sep Cubs Pedro Strop ”Karaoke Night” Bobblehead
15-Sep Giants Star Wars Player Bobblehead
15-Sep Cardinals Double bobblehead of Spanish radio broadcasters Polo Ascencio and Bengie Molina (special ticket required)
17-Sep Red Sox Nathan Eovaldi World Series Bobblehead
17-Sep Dodgers Bobblehead TBA
21-Sep Marlins Pablo López
22-Sep Braves Two Bit Bobblehead (1st 5,000 kids)
28-Sep Mariners Ichiro Funko Pop! Collectible
28-Sep Pirates Steve Blass Dual Player/Broadcaster Bobblehead

The End is Near


Pfitzner Stadium, August 24, 2019

Thursday night will mark the end of an era: the Potomac Nationals (lovingly referred to as the P-Nats) will play their last game in Pfitzner Stadium. After 25 years, the team is moving from Woodbridge, VA, to a stadium far, far away (at least for me) in Fredericksburg, VA. Last Saturday, I saw what just might have been my last P-Nats game. It was an emotional night.

The Potomac Nationals entered this world as the Alexandria Dukes in 1978, an expansion team in the Class A Advanced Carolina League. That first season, they were a co-op team, meaning they weren’t affiliated with any one MLB team, but had players from more than one team. They were affiliated with the Seattle Mariners in 1979 (and known as the Alexandria Mariners), but were a co-op team again in 1980. From 1981 to 1983, they were affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates. I didn’t know the team then, but I wish I did. Alexandria Dukes players included Mickey Mantle, Jr.; Rick Renteria; Bobby Bonilla; Rafael Belliard; and Joe Orsulak (a future Oriole). They even won the Carolina League Championship in 1982.

The Dukes played in Municipal Stadium at Four Mile Run Park in Alexandria. According to Baseball Reference, “The ballpark was of high school caliber, with Image result for Alexandria Dukes logometal stands seating around 1,500 with a few metal folding chairs standing in for box seats, and almost no facilities or concessions (the team was prohibited from selling alcohol because the park was on land belonging to an elementary school).” Not surprisingly, then, the team announced it would be moving after the 1983 season.

The stadium formerly known as Davis Ford Park (named after the main road to the stadium) was built in 1984. It is located in Woodbridge, VA, adjacent to the McCoart Government Center. It was to this 6,000 seat stadium that the newly re-named Prince William Pirates made their home after moving from Alexandria for the 1984 season.

In 1987, the team changed Major League affiliations and became known as the Prince William Yankees. Prospects like Hensley Meulens, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, Brad Ausmus, and Bernie Williams, played on the team. In 1989, the team changed its name to the Prince William Cannons, but maintained its affiliation with the Yankees until 1994 when it became the class-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. The team changed affiliations again 1997 (St. Louis Cardinals) and 2003 (Cincinnati Reds). Thus, more future stars played for Prince William, including: Magglio Ordonez, Albert Puljos, Coco Crisp, and Joey Votto.

According toPotomac cannons screenshot the team’s website, the team rebranded in 1999 as the Potomac Cannons, “to better represent their fan base, which covers much of the Northern Virginia region.” They became the Potomac Nationals in 2005, when the Montreal Expos relocated to Washington, DC, becoming the Washington Nationals and the Major League affiliate of the P-Nats.

Tomorrow, as the team celebrates its last night at the Pfitz, I’ll post a little more about the old stadium, the new stadium, and the end of an era.

~ baseballrebecca