The Bobblehead Boost

July 01, 2010 | John West

On June 30, 2010 I had a plan.  I wanted several Matt Weiters Bobblehead’s. However, I had one problem.  I was well aware of the always friendly crew down there at OPACY and their policy that the bobbleheads are one per fan, not one per ticket.  I am one fan.  I wanted more than 1 Matt Weiters Bobblehead.  I found a solution and it happened like this……

It was about 3:30 in the afternoon and a co-worker of mine came by and we started talking about the Orioles and the bobbleheads.  I told him I was leaving work at 4:00, walking down to the stadium, getting a bobblehead, and leaving.  (I work several blocks from OPACY). I had no plans to stick around and watch the game.  I light went off, and he said “I was planning on doing the exact same thing.  If we did it together, we could go in several times, at different entrances, and get more than one bobblehead if one of us stayed outside and kept an eye on the bags of bobbleheads.”

Never was a greater plan developed in a shorter period of time.

We go there around 5:00.  The gates opened at 5:05.  I bought 4 upper lever tickets for $10 each.  We walked in and got our first bobbleheads.  There was a decent crowd at the gate, about 150 to 200 people.  We turned around and left.  I held the 2 we had and he went in.  We repeated that process 6 times.  Awesome!!!

The trick is to have a trustworthy buddy to hold them.  I saw several people there getting yelled at by the always friendly staff at OPACY, who were clearly trying to do the same thing we were doing, only they were coming back in already holding a bobblehead.  Let me be crystal clear, that will not work.  They don’t care how many tickets you bought, if they see you holding a bobblehead, you are not getting another one.

So, I got one for a co-worker, one for my nephew, one for a gift, and one for my family room.  Overall, it was a good day.

Other comments…….

  • On June 30, 1988 the Baltimore Orioles were 22-55
  • On June 30, 2010 the Baltimore Orioles are   24-53

Has anyone ever seen an athlete pull a hammy running the bases on a home run?

Was there ever a better visual than watching former Oriole well-past-his-prime and well-out-of-shape Pete Incavilia round third base and head for home, when he started on first base?  I say no!

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