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Eight Bobbleheads Given Away in 2019
Fans went into the 2019 season with a bit more optimism than they had in the previous few years, as there was an attempt in the offseason to improve the team. They unloaded the unpopular Homer Bailey and the last year of his contract, and they picked up some veterans in the process. While some of the veterans didnít work out, they wound up with Sonny Gray and the fan favorite Yasiel Puig. When it came to the bobbles, though, they are leaning heavily on their past this year, with six former players, a mascot, and only one current player, the aforementioned Puig. The all-time great bobbles are in recognition of the 150th anniversary of the 1869 Red Stockings, although you will have to go to the Reds Hall of Fame to get a bobblehead of anyone actually on the Red Stockings. The past player bobbles will line up to form a common background. All in all, this is the best selection of bobbles since 2015, when they did the Stars of the Queen City series. 2016 to 2018 were lukewarm years to put it kindly, but on the field and in the promotions department, a comeback seems to be in the offing.
The giveaways are packed into May and June, then another burst of them in late July, followed by one each in August and September.
May 4-Mr. Redlegs Bobblehead
The first bobblehead os of Mr. Redlegs decked out in 1969 style, or at least he is in terms of shirt and pants. The hat isnít quite a match, but I canít quibble too much. The 1869 hat would have probably looked kind of plain on Mr. Redlegs. This one was sponsored by Skyline and was quite popular, drawing more interest other mascot bobbles have.
May 18-Ernie Lombardi Bobblehead
The first bobble of an actual player was given out two weeks later, and was of the Redsí only Hall of Famer from the thirties and forties, Ernie Lombardi. Itís nice to see them reach back in time to find someone from before the Machine days, as they have seldom done so. The number of people alive today who saw Lombardi play is small and getting smaller by the day, but Reds fans have been told about his exploits by our grandparents. My personal favorite story is that when he was upset with what some pitcher was doing, heíd catch a pitch bare-handed to show his disgust.
June 1-Joe Morgan Bobblehead
The second player bobble was the ever-popular Joe Morgan in a fielding pose. You can begin to see how the backgrounds come together, looking at this one and the previous one. You can also see that thereís a brief summary of the playerís career with the Reds on the back.
June 15-Barry Larkin Bobblehead
June 18-Yasiel Puig Bobblehead
July 20-Eugenio Suarez Funko Pop
July 27-Tony Perez Bobblehead
August 17-Johnny Bench Bobblehead
September 7-Ken Griffey Jr. Bobblehead