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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Lou Gehrig Bobblehead Day at Yankee Stadium today - yes, really

A bobblehead for a guy who had ALS - tribute, or tacky?

Howie Menckel Posted: July 02, 2014 at 10:57 AM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dandy Salderson Posted: July 02, 2014 at 05:43 PM (#4742208)
My grandfather had ALS. He didn't have a bobbing head. I think you are being way too sensitive.
   2. Canker Soriano Posted: July 02, 2014 at 06:42 PM (#4742277)
It's not like it was a Michael J. Fox bobblehead.

(Agreed with the Dandy don there - ALS is more muscle weakness than uncontrolled movement. If they made a floppy head Lou Gehrig doll, that would be in bad taste, like a bobble head JFK doll where you could remove part of the head.)
   3. McCoy Posted: July 02, 2014 at 06:48 PM (#4742285)
Unless the toy was specifically made to insult or make fun of Lou then it isn't in bad taste regardless of his condition. In some extreme case it might be an unwise move since there are always some hyper sensitive people that will get their panties in a bunch.

For instance the JFK doll with a blowout head is in bad taste but a Michael J Fox bobblehead wouldn't be in bad taste unless somebody specifically made it as a joke to his condition. I mean if the toy was a promo for his new show or if he had a new movie coming out or somebody was holding a MJFox day it would be completely fine. Bobbleheads are a popular toy and part of the popularity is that you put some famous guys head on it.
   4. Howie Menckel Posted: July 02, 2014 at 06:51 PM (#4742288)

Well, there's also the issue of whether a legend like Lou Gehrig is bobblehead material, regardless of his cause of death.

   5. Canker Soriano Posted: July 02, 2014 at 06:54 PM (#4742291)
For instance the JFK doll with a blowout head is in bad taste but a Michael J Fox bobblehead wouldn't be in bad taste unless somebody specifically made it as a joke to his condition. I mean if the toy was a promo for his new show or if he had a new movie coming out or somebody was holding a MJFox day it would be completely fine. Bobbleheads are a popular toy and part of the popularity is that you put some famous guys head on it.

I think even if they weren't intending it to make light of his condition, enough people would take it that way that any PR group would be well advised to offer something else.
   6. Batman Posted: July 02, 2014 at 07:05 PM (#4742296)
Yankees to be first to pay tribute to Gehrig
And then his number will be retired by all the other teams.
   7. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: July 02, 2014 at 07:31 PM (#4742309)
Wouldn't it be ironic if the Lou Gehrig Bobblehead dies from Lou Gehrig Bobblehead's Disease?
   8. They paved Misirlou, put up a parking lot Posted: July 02, 2014 at 07:38 PM (#4742313)
And then his number will be retired by all the other teams.


Why not? They already did that for Mariano Rivera.
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 02, 2014 at 07:39 PM (#4742314)
This is the worst thing in the history of things.
   10. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 02, 2014 at 07:44 PM (#4742316)
A talking Lou Gehrig bobblehead that recited Lou's farewell address would actually be pretty cool.
   11. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: July 02, 2014 at 10:24 PM (#4742382)
It would be truly original if the bobblehead bore even the slightest resemblance to the player that it purported to represent.
   12. haven Posted: July 02, 2014 at 11:33 PM (#4742426)
It would be truly original if the bobblehead bore even the slightest resemblance to the player that it purported to represent.


The John Stallworth bobblehead I got at John Stallworth bobblehead day looks pretty close to John Stallworth.

At least if John Stallworth had a really big head. Not sure they could have found a helmet for the bobblehead John Stallworth.

Hey, I managed to type John Stallworth's name six times in this post.......
   13. Howie Menckel Posted: July 02, 2014 at 11:47 PM (#4742433)

"A talking Lou Gehrig bobblehead that recited Lou's farewell address would actually be pretty cool."

a tear out of one bobblehead eye at the end of each rendition would seal the deal


   14. bobm Posted: July 03, 2014 at 07:06 AM (#4742473)
A talking Lou Gehrig bobblehead that recited Lou's farewell address would actually be pretty cool.

Would it have the echo (echo, echo, echo) pre-recorded too?
   15. eddieot Posted: July 03, 2014 at 08:40 AM (#4742487)
The only NFL player I ever met was John Stallworth. His hands were the size of dinner plates. Somewhere in the bowels of the boxes that contain the flotsam of my teens I have a John Stallworth autograph.
   16. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: July 03, 2014 at 09:06 AM (#4742499)
Not only am I not offended, I want one. Lou Gehrig!
   17. Batman Posted: July 03, 2014 at 09:58 AM (#4742529)
The John Stallworth bobblehead I got at John Stallworth bobblehead day looks pretty close to John Stallworth.
The Fernando Valenzuela, Hideo Nomo, and Paul Konerko bobbleheads I have look pretty close to John Stallworth.
   18. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: July 03, 2014 at 10:26 AM (#4742544)
This looks exactly like CC Sabathia.

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