General Sports

Behind every great franchise is a great giveaway at the gate

The bobblehead craze has gotten out of control. You can basically pick any professional or semi-pro league in the nation, choose a game, walk through the gates and it is almost certain that a bobblehead will be placed in you hand. Frankly, it’s beyond a craze and has officially entered epidemic mode. Personally, it’s not our style, but that could be changing. Why? Well, it’s because one imaginative baseball franchise went off the board, deciding to give away a headless bobblehead.

The St. Paul Saints are putting their own twist on the popular promotion, in a nod to one of the most notorious Minnesota stories of last year.

At Sunday’s game, they’ll give 2,500 fans a miniature bathroom stall with a pair of lower legs and feet – one of which is springloaded so that it taps.

A Saints press release notes that, “It doesn’t matter if your tapping style is done with a ‘wide stance.'”

That’s a not-so-subtle reference to Idaho Republican Sen. Larry Craig, who pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after an undercover police officer arrested him for allegedly soliciting sex in a bathroom stall at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Rumor has it that the New York Mets are following a similar path, giving away Eliot Spitzer bobblepenises to the first 10,000 fans through the gates.


[]: Minnesota baseball team giving out Sen. Craig `bobblefoot’ to fans

Pittsburgh Pirates

Tom Gorzelanny’s bobblehead has a piss poor attitude

We don’t know about you guys, but, frankly, we think the whole bobblehead craze should have never come back from the grave. But like lava lamps and Danny Bonaduce, they just won’t die! However, we must admit that we’re a big fan of Pirates pitcher Tom Gorzelanny’s doll which appears to be giving the finger to the all the fans who received the giveaway on Saturday when Pittsburgh played Philadelphia. Although, we think he’s giving the bird, the debate over which finger is actually protruding from the glove rages on.

Which finger is it — the index, or the middle?

Pirates’ spokesman Jim Trdinich said the team sends photographs of players to a company that makes its bobbleheads, and the company tries to replicate those pictures as best they can when it designs the dolls.

Trdinich said he can’t tell which finger is sticking out of Gorzelanny’s glove in the photo that went to the bobblehead company, but he said it was not done in bad taste.

Gorzelanny’s doll comes in a box with an action photograph of him on the side. In that picture, he does have a finger sticking through his glove, but the camera angle makes it difficult to see which finger it is.

Yea, and Shaq didn’t drop the F-bomb or S-bomb live on TV.


[]: Is Pittsburgh Pirates Bobblehead Giving The Finger?