LOS ANGELES – The Dodgers announced today a partnership with global brand Sanrio® Inc., parent company of Hello Kitty, for the second consecutive year. Due to an overwhelming response to last season’s limited-edition ticket package that included a Hello Kitty Dodgers collectible plush, the club has extended the partnership in 2012. This year’s promotion is a Hello Kitty Mini Bobblehead that will be available to the first 50,000 fans with tickets to the game on Sunday, July 1, 2012 (vs. NYM).
In addition, Hello Kitty and her friend Keroppi® will make a special appearance at the Viva Los Dodgers Day festival held in lot 6 two hours prior to game time and Hello Kitty will also throw the ceremonial first pitch.
The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, Single-A affiliate of the Dodgers, released their promotional schedule this week. There are no bobbleheads on that list, but there is one bobble belly. The Quakes mascot, Tremor, will be honored with a bobble belly on Friday, July 27. There will be a few other Dodger Stadium related giveaways too, but none of the DS greats bobbleheads.
Bill Plaschke of LATimes.com wrote a good article earlier this week about the bobblehead snubbing of Hall of Fame announcer Jaime Jarrin. Jarrin, who has worked in the Dodger organization for 53 years, wasn't part of the Dodger Stadium Greats bobbleheads series celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dodger Stadium. Vin Scully was honored with a bobblehead, but not Jarrin.
I think Jarrin and team organist Nancy Bea Hefley should have both received bobbleheads. It's a shame that the Dodgers didn't think of these two individuals who have been a huge part of the stadium's history. Instead of giving Fernando Valenzuela or Tommy Lasorda yet another bobblehead, they could have given one to both Jarrin and Hefley. Maybe next year.