Wednesday, March 31, 2010
This may be one of the most famous bobblehead nights ever. July 22, 2009 the Dodgers gave away Manny Ramirez bobbleheads to the first 50,000 fans. Presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino, the bobble was made by P Squared.
When you get a players bobblehead, you want to see him play. Unfortunately, we had learned earlier that Manny wasn't going to play that night after getting hit in the hand in the previous game. The Dodgers had him as day to day.
Little did we know, he would pinch hit for Chad Billingsley in the sixth inning with the bases loaded and hit one of the most famous grand slams in Dodger history. The slam was even hit into "Mannywood" section. Amazing. He was then forced out of the dugout to acknowledge the crowd who had been chanting his name. The Dodgers went on to win the game 6-2.
This sparked a Manny Ramirez bobble frenzy on eBay later that night. It also gave the Dodgers a reason to have another Manny bobbleslam night later that year. But we'll get into that another time.