Potentially Great Timing

Bobblehead Ellsbury.jpgThe PawSox return home next Saturday (July 31) on Jacoby Ellsbury Bobblehead Night at McCoy Stadium.


In an ironic twist, it looks like Jacoby might be there.


Ellsbury running.jpg 

(photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor)


Red Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters in Seattle on Saturday that Ellsbury is expected to play for the Single-A GCL Red Sox on Monday and Tuesday.  If all goes well, Jacoby could join the PawSox in time for the upcoming 8-game homestand against Durham and Scranton/WB.


Maybe Jacoby’s bobblehead should come with a tiny flak jacket to protect his broken ribs.


Ellsbury would not be the first athlete to play on his own bobblehead night.


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In 2007, Jim Thome hit his 500th career home run on Jim Thome Bobblehead Night in Chicago.  Thome certainly has a flair for the dramatic – it was a 2-run walk-off blast in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the White Sox a 9-7 win.


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Last year, Manny Ramirez was not in the starting lineup due to an injured hand when the Dodgers dolled out 50,000 of his bobbleheads at Dodger Stadium.  No big deal – Manny hit a pinch-hit grand slam to snap a 2-2 tie in a 6-2 win over Cincinnati.  Vin Scully said it was the loudest roar he had heard at Dodger Stadium in 20 years.  Manny then played real-life bobblehead by bouncing his head up and down to the amusement of his teammates.  


There are two bobbleheads I would love to get my hands on.


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Earlier this month, the Round Rock Express of the Pacific Coast League handed out 2,500 Billy Ray “Rojo” Johnson bobbleheads.  He’s the legendary pitcher from the Venezuelan Leagues (who happens to look a lot like a mustachioed Will Ferrell) who threw one pitch for Round Rock in May before getting ejected.


I’ve attempted to purchase one on eBay, but so far I keep getting outbid.


I would also love to have the Torey Lovullo bobblehead that the Buffalo Bisons gave away in 2003.


It’s been the subject of considerable verbal abuse for Torey over the last seven years because it doesn’t depict him in a typical baseball pose.


“I think his bobblehead says it all,” former Buffalo teammate Jeff Manto told me.  “Most hitters are shown swinging a bat and pitchers have a ball in their hand, but Torey is just standing there waving.” 


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“That’s how they are in Buffalo – they love to play jokes on people so my bobblehead doesn’t show me swinging or fielding a ball – it shows me with my arm waving to the fans,” Lovullo said.  “I do think that people appreciated how I connected with the community and the fans.  That’s how they remember me in Buffalo – by the bobblehead that’s waving.” 


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The PawSox – who have dropped 7 of their last 8 games – will look to get back on the winning track on Sunday as they face Columbus at 5:05 at Huntington Park.


Mike Lowell, who went 4-for-4 with 3 doubles on Saturday, is expected to be in the starting lineup.  Lowell has hits in his last 5 at-bats – the team record is 9 consecutive hits by Keith Mitchell in 1998.


I hope you’ll join us for radio coverage beginning with the pre-game show at 4:50 on the PawSox radio network and pawsox.com.


I’d love to hear from you.  Please take a moment to tell me who you are and where you’re from in the comments section or you can e-mail me at dhoard@pawsox.com.


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