Henry’s Random Thoughts
Bobbleheads on Hold Along With 2020 Baseball Season
The plan was to have a full slate of bobblehead giveaways this year along with two Funko Pops. I believe it would have added up to eight or nine giveaways. The first one was to be a triple bobblehead featuring Joey Votto and two all-time greats, but the rest of them were going to be current players. After skipping current players in 2019 and bringing in some fresh faces, there were enough current guys to feature without the promos getting stale. As of this writing (5/2/20), though, the COVID-19 outbreak has cancelled all April and May games, and the rest of the season is uncertain. Current ideas being floated are cancelling the season, playing a short schedule offsite in warm-weather states, playing a modified season at home stadiums with no fans in the stands, or putting things off and hoping conditions improve to have a limited, late season with fans. The one thing for certain right now is that a 162 game season won’t happen.
Promos and giveaways have to be made overseas to keep the cost within reason. After all, they are essentially handed out for nothing for a ticket that at least in theory you bought to watch a baseball game. This means foreign sourcing and long supply chains. What that means is that they have to be ordered well in advance with the goal being to have them shipped in plenty of time. No doubt all of them were ordered before COVID-19 became a crisis, which was sometime around March 11. I have a feeling that some were delivered by then, although I have no sources to confirm that. Some were probably being made at the time and some were probably done and in transit. So the team has all or nearly all of these perfectly good promos sitting in storage somewhere. So my feeling is that they will see the light of day. Either the entire run will just be pushed back to 2021, or part of the run will be pushed back to 2021, or they will be distributed in some alternate fashion. (Maybe the team will sell them for charity.) The only one that might end up in the Dumpster would be a player who got dealt and was no longer with the Reds at the time of would-be giveaway. Even worse would be a player that never played a real game in a Reds uniform at all. But the frugal Cincinnatians running the Reds might even try to get some value out of these, so we may yet see them all.