CLEVELAND, OH -- After tonight's game against the Cleveland Indians, Reds' Chief Operating Officer John Allen announced plans for additional bobblehead giveaways through the remainder of the 2005 season.
Cleveland gave away bobbleheads depicting catcher Victor Martinez at tonight's game, an event that Martinez commemorated with three hits including a homerun. Add to that the recent memory of Wily Mo Peña's monster production on his own bobblehead night a few weeks ago, and giving away more of the promotional figurines was a no-brainer, according to Allen.
“If bobbleheads are what it takes to spark these guys, that's what we're going to do,” said Allen.
The first players to be honored will be the three who hit homeruns in the top of the ninth in tonight's game: Jason Romano, Felipe Lopez, and Javier Valentín.
Romano's bobblehead is likely to be the best-looking but also the most controversial. Some Reds fans have already announced that they will boycott the game where they are given out. “Seems like a lot of fuss over a backup,” said Allen of the boycott.
The idea for a Lopez bobblehead had to come a long way to finally see fruition. Plans for the Lopez statuettes began last season but continually took a backseat as the team considered bids for Barry Larkin, Anderson Machado, and most recently, Rich Aurilia bobbleheads. “Competition among bobbleheads is good for the team,” explained Allen.
“Javier has been surprisingly impressive lately and this should be a very popular give-away,” said Allen of the Valentín figurine. The figurine will be about half the size of a traditional bobblehead and will prominently feature Valentín's signature mustache.
Additional player bobbleheads will be announced as opportunities to encourage players who are getting hot present themselves. Leading candidates currently include Jason LaRue, Joe Randa, and Ken Griffey, Jr.
“Hopefully we'll even get around to one for Milton,” said Allen.