According to Webster’s a bobblehead is a figurine with a disproportionately large head mounted on a spring so that it bobs up and down, often made as a caricature of a famous person.
A noun: bob·ble·head / ˈbäbəlˌhed
Bobbleheads came into my life when the Mets began giving them out during special promotion days. I have to admit, it had to be the pitching or team match ups, because it certainly wasn’t the bobblehead itself that would spur me to attend a game. However, the collection started to grow, and even multiply when one of the children turned to the Dark Side and decided to root for the Evil Empire.
The highlight is clearly Mr. Met, preaching peace, patience and for no one to throw either balls or batheads at any other bobbleheads present.
I have found that there is certainly an educational component to bobbleheads.
For example, my daughter’s question sitting in the upper deck stands asking if Keith Hernandez actually played, and if he was any good as a player initiated a 45 minute lesson (not tirade as my wife called it, simply a lesson) on Keith Hernandez as a player and how golden his glove was in addition to his timely hitting and overall leadership between the lines.
Why the school system doesn’t teach these things I’ll never understand.
I remember as a youngster my son asking if Dwight Gooden was related to Doc Gooden. My answer was that they were like Clark Kent and Superman. With the Mets he was Doc Gooden, aka Superman, winning Cy Young awards; posting ERAs of just over 1.50 while striking out over 250 men per year; and leaping tall buildings with a single curveball.
With the other New York team he went back to a phone booth and appeared from their dugout and pitched more like Clark Kent. I’ll spare readers the exchange that occurred when he asked what a phone booth was?
So you’ve seen this author’s collection of figurines with a disproportionately large head mounted on a spring so that it bobs up and down.
Take this opportunity to share pictures of yours in the comments section.