On Gallardo and bobbling heads

One of the best parts of this job is figuring out what topics will generate interest and discussion from the fans. You spend a couple of weeks working on a feature story about Yovani Gallardo’s progression from high school slugger to Major League pitcher, and hear very little. Then a couple of years later, you throw together a blog about 2011 bobblehead giveaways and Gallardo isn’t on the list, and you’re slammed with e-mails and Tweets. 

Go figure. 
So, I asked around a bit and here are some thoughts and best guesses about the bobblehead lineup:
— First off, I would bet all of my Marriott points that Gallardo is on the list for 2012. 
— I hear that Gallardo was on the list for 2011, but then the Brewers picked up Zack Greinke and started using him as the poster boy for their marketing efforts. You have to capitalize on the excitement surrounding his arrival. 
— Why didn’t they just bump somebody else to make room for Greinke? The Racing Hot Dog giveaway is sponsored by Klement’s so he’s safe. Craig Counsell is a hometown favorite and he’s also 40 and signed for one year, so you’d better feature him while you can. John Axford and Casey McGehee are coming off career years, so why not give them a little love while they’re hot? Randy Wolf is entering the second season of a three-year deal and is pretty popular after finishing last season so strong. It probably makes sense to get him out of the way now since Gallardo is in a long-term contract and it looks like he’s going to be pretty darn good for the next couple of years. 
— You don’t want to do all of your stars at once. So, Greinke is probably the 2011 headliner and you save Gallardo to headline 2012. Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, Rickie Weeks and Corey Hart (so I’m told — I don’t remember a Hart bobble) have all been done since the bobblehead craze began. If you do Greinke and Gallardo this year, who’s your star for 2012? No offense, Jonathan Lucroy.
— Most importantly… I grew up in Wisconsin, so just like you I am genetically engineered to be drawn to free stuff, even if it’s an “I closed Wolski’s” sticker that goes straight into a desk drawer, but why is this something we’re even talking about? I’d rather go to a game and watch Gallardo pitch than go home with a doll that sort of looks like him. 
Now, if you’ll excuse me, Wolski’s has free popcorn.
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Yes, there is a Hart bobble from a few years back (’09 I believe). I have it in my collection!

I know they wanna get people into the seats, but doesn’t having Greinke, Yo, Marcum, and Wolf in your starting rotation bring people anyway?

I think the number of bobbles should be dropped from 12 (with the alternates, the beer vendor, and stich and pitch) to 3 or 4 (with no alternates). Greinke, McGehee, and Counsell woulda been great this year. Maybe throw in a Jeff Cirillo or a Greg Vaughn. (2007 they gave out a total of 35 different bobbles, sheesh)

Why do they need to do another racing hot dog? Because the ones from 2005 now sell for 45 bucks on eBay? If they wanted to do another mascot, a Bonnie Brewer to go along with Bernie would be just fine.

And finally, why don’t they mix up the jerseys? The road away jersey is still pretty new, and the retro jersey has been done to death. They’ve never done a gray jersey. A little variation would be nice.

Can’t wait for next years cast of Yovanni, Marcum, Lucroy, Gomez, Bill Schroeder (announcer), Bud Selig (10 year anniversary of the All Star Game decision), Ed Sedar, and Marcus Hanel.

Craig Counsell is the man! Also, I think a Suppan bobblehead should be included in there to commemorate all he did for the Milwaukee area via donations, time spent with kids, etc.

Working at Miller will be a lot more fun this year with the major acquisitions.


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