MASN Nationals reporter Dan Kolko served as the keynote speaker at the Potomac Nationals’ hot stove banquet on Sunday in Woodbridge, where one of the biggest announcements was that a Kolko and Jayson Werth dual bobblehead will be one of the promotional items at Pfitzner Stadium this season.
The Kolko and Werth giveaway won the month-long fans’ choice bobblehead vote, beating out 14 other fan-submitted ideas. The bobblehead will be given away to the first 1,250 people through the gates on Aug. 26.
Kolko and Werth have combined for some memorable postgame interviews at Nationals Park over the past three years. Werth once dropped a “Mean Girls” reference and referred to Jonathan Papelbon (probably) as the “D.C. Strangler.” After a walk-off hit against the Cubs last June, he answered a question from Kolko by telling his haters to kiss his a–. This is a perfect candidate for a talking bobblehead.
As Werth might say, you go, Dan Kolko.
The other fans’ choice bobblehead finalists were…
Keister was named Carolina League manager of the year in 2014 after leading the P-Nats to the Mills Cup championship. Also, his name is Tripp Keister.
Koda Glover Bobble Glove
Glover. Glove. Hopefully no one calls a bobble balk on the Nationals’ potential future closer. An eighth-round draft pick in 2015, Glover made his major league debut with Washington in August after beginning the season in Potomac. He pitched well until an injury that turned out to be a torn labrum in his hip derailed his rookie season.
Sure. The llama was a candidate last year.
Uncle Slam and Big Shot
What’s better than a bobblehead of a mascot? A bobblehead of two mascots, including one with a cannon for a face.
Andrew Stevenson All-Star Game MVP
Stevenson went 3 for 5 with a pair of triples to lead the Carolina League all-stars to a 6-4 win over the California League all-stars in Lake Elsinore, Calif. last June. If this bobblehead features In-N-Out, I’m sold.
Drew Ward Home Run Derby
This has potential. Ward didn’t win the home run derby before last year’s Carolina League-California League All-Star Game, but the event was held on an aircraft carrier in San Diego.
Victor Robles No. 1 Prospect
If you don’t like it, you can probably trade it for an Andrew McCutchen bobblehead.
The Nationals’ No. 2 prospect went 6-4 with a 2.85 ERA for the P-Nats last season before being promoted to Class AA Harrisburg.
Spencer Kieboom “Kaboom” TNT Box
The catching prospect has promised to sit on a TNT box if he wins.
Why not make this an alternate-reality bobblehead, commemorating the walk-off three-run home run that Difo hit off Clayton Kershaw in Game 5 of last year’s NLDS?
The 10-time NBA all-star and Naval Academy graduate went to high school about 15 miles from Pfitzner Stadium, at Osbourn Park.
Votto played 24 games for the Potomac Cannons in 2004, back when the team was a Reds affiliate. Votto, who comes off as a jerk at times, had words for Harper after the Nationals’ right fielder walked to first base after being drilled by a fastball in 2015.
Derek Norris Real Hair Gnome
The P-Nats have had fun with “real hair” bobbleheads in the past. They’re responsible for the Werth BobbleBeard, the Michael Taylor flat-top bobblehead and the incredible Danny Espinosa Fu Manchu bobblehead from last year. A Norris gnome would make a nice addition to that collection.
Yourself (Bobblehead with Photo Insert)
You don’t deserve a bobblehead when a Kolko-Werth bobblehead is an option.
In December, the P-Nats released the first details of their 2017 promotional schedule, which features seven bobblehead/figurine giveaways. They include a half-man, half-turkey Bryce Harper “Gobblehead,” an Anthony Rendon “Real Electric Hair” figurine, a Stephen Strasburg “Flamethrower” bobblehead and an “Ode to Tommy John Surgery Elbow Statue.”
The first version of this post was published on Jan. 5.