See this guy with the garbage bag? Grant Paulsen reported that this fella was going around Nationals Park on Saturday, trying to buy Stephen Strasburg bobbleheads, and then dumping them into the scary garbage bag tied around his waist. Bad economy, I suppose.
I’m not sure if it’s the same guy, but another friend of mine reported a man outside Nats Park after the game holding a sign that read “I will buy your bobble head for $10,” and reported that he had already scored more than 20 of the dolls.
As for the actual fans, well, they didn’t always get one, even though there were 15,000 of the creatures. Here are two photos — from @rcolaianni and @dodaday28 — showing fans lining up 30 minutes before the gates opened, which is two-and-a-half hours before the game actually starts. Presumably, they too had bobblehead fever.
“We got there at 2:55 for the 4:05 game, and they had already run out of bobbleheads,” Reader Richard reported. “This is the second time that this has happened at Nats Stadium for one of their promotions.”
Maybe, though, this series was the start of something, attendance-wise. The Nats have the highest attendance they’ve ever had through four home games at Nats Park, including the first four games in its existence. Saturday’s bobblehead day was the highest attended Saturday game in April since the stadium opened, not counting home openers.
That’s good news.
This, by the way, is the bobblehead in action, sort of, via Byron Kerr.