Tuesday, January 16, 2007
With the impending release of the Reds 2007 promotional dates (it's coming soon, I imagine) I'd like to take some time and put in my predictions for this year's bobbleheads. Last year, I was pretty close, but you wouldn't know because they were up on a white board in my boss' office and not on my blog. Well, here they are for everyone to see...
Who will be forever immortalized in Cincinnati Reds promotional glory with their very own bobblehead in 2007?
1. Bronson Arroyo
He's a given. He was the Reds' lone All-Start in 2006 and had the best season by a Reds pitcher in years - especially the first half of the season. Plus, how marketable is that mane of his?
2. Ryan Freel
He's been a fan favorite for a few years now for his gettin' dirty style of play. What Cincinnati Reds, Pete Rose lovin' Cincinnatian doesn't love that?
3. Tom Browning
I thought that he would have gotten one last year (Freel was on my maybe list then too), but the shortstop trio got the nods instead. Browning was inducted into the Reds Hall Of Fame and had his book released last year. He's been all over the place in Cincinnati the past two years. If they go with a pitcher trio - Browning would get the nod. Plus... the Perfect Game... does that even need to be said?
Okay, so here is my short list of other possible Reds...
4. Brandon Phillips
Phillips is perhaps the best of the Reds young stars. He had a good rookie season last year and has been promoted pretty heavily by the Reds since the middle of last season. It wouldn't surprise me if he got some promo action of some kinda this season.
5. Aaron Harang
He's been a solid picther for the Reds the past 3 seasons. If it's all pitchers, he may get the nod.
6. Scott Hatterburg
He's an outside shot at best, but if the Reds are looking to market some newer players, he's one to latch on to. Solid, steady, hard worker, gets dirty (see Freel).
So, those are mostly current guys. Who from the past would like like to see in ceramic form?
1. Ted Kluszewski
Who wouldn't want a bobblehead with the Big Klu's guns bustin' out of his famous sleeveless uniform?
2. Johnny VanDermeer
Only pitcher to throw back-to-back no-hitters in MLB history. Can you get any better? Plus, it would be nice to have a guy in an old uni up on the shelf.
3. George Foster
Big Red Machine, baby! Gotta love George and his bitchin' sideburns. Hell, make his bobblehead with him in street clothes. I understand he was a pretty audacious dresser back in the day.