Dodgers get nod they wanted: Vin Scully bobblehead night
How would you like to market the 2012 Dodgers? No significant new players to trumpet, coming off a third-place finish, ownership still in flux . . .
The Dodgers’ solution is their "Dodger Stadium Greats Bobblehead Series," which became more interesting Monday with the announcement their final three bobblehead giveaways would be Vin Scully, Kirk Gibson and Eric Karros.
Not sure which is a bigger coup, getting the beloved Scully, who had resisted previous efforts to have a bobblehead night, or Gibson, whom I believe was so irritated the Frank McCourt Dodgers would not give him a managerial look that he auctioned off his 1988 World Series memorabilia.
Guess they could have combined the two –- like they plan to do somehow with Don Drysdale and Maury Wills in their first one. You could tap Vin’s head and it could play a recording of "In the year of the improbable, the impossible has happened." And then have Gibson’s spring on a leg so you could pat him and it looks like he’s limping around the bases.
There are 10 bobblehead nights in all -– available in their own mini-plan ticket package. Here is the schedule:
Date Opponent Bobblehead
April 28 Nationals Drysdale and Wills
May 15 Diamondbacks Orel Hershiser
May 29 Brewers Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Bill Russell and Ron Cey
June 12 Angels Mike Scioscia
June 28 Mets Karros
July 14 Padres Tom Lasorda with Walter Alston
July 31 Diamondbacks Gibson
Aug. 7 Rockies Sandy Koufax
Aug. 21 Giants Fernando Valenzuela
Aug. 30 Diamondbacks Scully
Three games are against Arizona, so I guess the Dodgers aren’t figuring on the Diamondbacks' NL West title last season turning them into a draw.
The list includes two ex-Dodgers whose bobbleheads will go out on the night they come in managing an opposing team (Scioscia and Gibson), two who are current broadcasters (Scully and Valenzuela) and two who want to buy the team (Garvey and Hershiser).
-- Steve Dilbeck