Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Bobble Headed President

Cashing in on the popularity of President Barack Obama took another turn in Brooklyn as the Cyclones minor league baseball team (the Mets class A short-season club) changed their name for the night and handed out bobble-head dolls in the likeness of the President. And they were known - for the night -as the "Baracklyn" Cyclones. The players wore uniforms with the temporary new name and afterwards, the jerseys were auctioned off to fans.
They did a nice job with the uniforms with the incorporation of the stars and stripes on the sleeves.

The game was sold out and fans arrived early to make sure they weren't shutout of the night's prize give-a-way.
I bought a standing room seat for $9 and I was worried I wasn't going to get my bobble -head doll of the President.

Those of us at he back of the long line had just about given up on getting in on the fun because we thought for sure they would run out of dolls before we got to the front. This shot is from behind the left-field fence and we had to go all the way to the home plate entrance to get the bobble -head. Luckily the pessimists were wrong and there were plenty of dolls available when we finally got around to the lone open gate.

Of course, the real President Obama was in Washington dealing with his latest crisis - the deplorable situation in Iran. But a pretty good look-a-like actor was hired to take the bows on behalf of the Commander in Chief. He did everything the President would have done: wave, take pictures, do interviews and look ... Presidential.

The players - especially in minor league baseball - are use to being a part of different gimmicks and promotions. Along those lines, this was one of the better ones I've seen. And it's good they held it while President Obama's popularity rating is still pretty high.

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