You Know Where You Can Shove that Bobblehead

It seemed so innocent.  A nice promo to coincide with the number retirement of Luis Gonzalez.  A bobblehead giveaway.  There have been many before and there will be many ahead.  Tonight though, it seemed different.  Very different.

I realize these things are hot commodities on the Ebay and Craigslist markets (by the way, barely home from the game I already saw 12 Luis Gonzalez retirement game bobbleheads on Ebay for sale.  Game had barely ended.  However, I was not surprised and I’ll tell you why.

I am not surprised because there were only 15,000 available.  Let’s not get that confused with the “first 15,000 fans” though, cause I guarantee there are NOT 15,000 of you walking around with one of these over-valued home decoration, gnome-like thingy’s.  The fact is, it was a downright fight to get one of these things.  People were grabbing 4, 5, 6 or more of these things and immediately walking out of the ballpark.  I saw at least a dozen people walking out with boxes,  boxes full of these things.  BIG boxes.   Ridiculous.

I am not surprised because there was no semblence of organization except for the 26 mile long lines outside in the 100 degree plus heat.  The dis-organization was inside.  Dbacks employees did not seem to be handing them out any longer.  People were rather just grabbing in a mob scene.  My wife was lucky to get the LAST one in the LAST box in our line.  My son will now have a Luis Gonzalez bobblehead in his room and he couldn’t be happier.

I am not surprised because the gates opened at 3:00pm and I got there at 3:15pm.  People I’m sure wasted their lives in line for 12-14 hours for this miniature statue of a player whose heart is 100 million times larger than all of those bobblehead gnome-like thingy’s put together.

Now, let’s not get a mixed message here, I did want a bobblehead for each of us.  Not to sell though, rather one for my son for his room, one for my wife who is a huge Gonzo fan, and one for her boss, who, like-wise, is a huge Gonzo fan.  There are many others out there I know feel the same and didn’t go to get them to sell.  Those are the real baseball fans. I met a couple in line, a very nice gentleman with his son.  He, by the way, admitted, he’s a San Francisco Giants fan, lives here, therefore is a Dbacks fan too.  He was just there to watch some baseball.  Oh, and of course hopefully grab a gnome-like thingy for his son.

I also have no issue with people selling their bobbleheads – if it’s the only one you got and you decide you don’t want it.  I’d buy one for the right price.  Not for the $45 I’ve seen them as high as on Ebay.

Shame on you people who grabbed multiple bobbleheads and walked right back out.  I’m sure the Dbacks thank you for buying a ticket for the right to do that, but for the legions of fans who left disappointed without the trophy, at least they leave with some things you didn’t.  They left after being treated to a nice ball game.  They left with a clear conscience.  They left with their dignity and integrity and they know exactly where in their house they will put their gnome-like thingy’s.  As for you, you know where you can shove yours!

Note to the Diamondbacks:  Why don’t you just give everyone in attendance one next time and HAND one to the fans as they have their ticket scanned?  You know, much like you do with every other promo you have!  You knew you would sell this one out, so no leftovers.   You are the real ones to blame for this mess.

Topics: Bobblehead, Craigslist, Ebay, Luis Gonzalez

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  • Nicole

    Scott – you so hit it on the head!!!
    We weren’t able to get down there early due to ASU Media Day. So unfortunately we 3 did not get a single bobblehead. My heart was truly broken. I love Gonzo and I have never been able to get any promo item of his during his time here. You’re right, it’s a plastic gnome. But to a fan it’s the world. Kinda like the woman who kissed it instead of her husband during the kiss cam. Ethan is too young to know what he missed out on, but this 37yr old is still bitter this morning. I am not one who would sell my souvenier nor am I able to buy one from Ebay or CraigsList. Instead I am a HUGE Fan who has to sit back and watch (&*(^%%$) people prosper from the unlucky thousands who were gyped (for lack of a better word) of “closeness” to a GREAT ONE!
    Thanks for letting me vent, Scott!!

  • http://venomstrikes.com Scott Allen

    You are quite welcome! Vent away, that’s what this is for! I appreciate your comments. I just knew there were going to be many disappointed fans. I say instead of giving 15,000 away 6 times a year, how about 45,000 twice a year? I know that will never fly because it gets people to buy tickets, and that’s all it is ever about. Not the fans, however the bottom line.

  • Diane

    Scott, thank you for your blog. You expressed everything we felt when my daughter and I walked away bobble headless after the game and yet noticed singles exiting with multiple bobble heads. We were lucky enough to be wearing our Gonzo t-shirts from the Gonzo Appreciation Night give-away, which were handed to us at the gate that night by Dbacks staffers. Too bad they broke from tradition and allowed the free-for-all last night. Maybe they would consider making it up to us by producing more bobble heads for sale “at cost” to the true fans who missed out. An additional 40,000 bobble heads, to those who truly wanted them, would certainly reduce the market price on Ebay and Craigslist making it less profitable for the cheaters. Now that we’ve been enlightened about the bobble head feeding frenzy, we realize the delay of our arrival to the game due to a medical emergency on our train was a blessing in disguise. At least we were on the cool train being treated to the vision of some fine looking paramedics instead of standing in long lines in 100+ degree heat waiting to face the disappointment of empty boxes. All that being said, we may have been cheated out of our bobble heads by some real losers, but that cannot detract from the winning game we were treated to plus the joy of witnessing our all-time favorite Dback being justly honored with his number retirement. Gonzo is a shining example of genuine loyalty to the Dbacks and our community on and off the field.
    We love you Gonzo!

  • Paul Lanphear

    Myself and both of my sons were also extremely annoyed with the way things were handled at the game. We got there right after 3 and followed others to what we were told was the end of the “bobblehead entrance line.” I couldn’t even count the number of people I saw walking out with their arms full of bobbleheads. My first thought though was that maybe they were with a large group of people and they were going back to their cars to drop them off so they wouldn’t have to carry them around the ballpark. It was when I saw a group of college age guys walk past each with a full box of bobbleheads that I knew something was wrong. On top of that when my line (which was supposed to be the bobblehead line and had gone all the eay down the street) finally got towards the entrance, I realized that other lines had formed closer to the entrance and lots (probably dozens) of people had just walked up and in and taken bobbleheads while I was standing in the long line with my 2 sons in 100 degree weather for over half an hour before we got in. Not only did the staff at the ballpark screw up the handing out of the bobbleheads, they really should have formed a real line and directed traffic outside the park to make sure that people couldn’t just squeeze their way through. There were probably plenty of people who went right in through what was supposed to be the entrance only line and then walked over to the unmanned boxes of bobbleheads and helped themselves. I realize that the significance of the pre-game ceremony should have been the the only focus here, but I can’t help feeling cheated. I actually called the organization to express my disappointment right after we went through the line, but I got the voicemail. If any of you out there reading this were one of the ticket holders of one of the hundreds of empty seats I saw at the “sold-out” game, and came in only to steal an entire box of the bobbleheads, I hope that someday you have to console your heartbroken sons because of the greed of someone else.

  • Josh

    The DBacks traded their excess staffers who were suppose to hand the bobbleheads out in exchange for two hot dog vendor prospects and a beer tap to be named later.

  • http://venomstrikes.com Scott Allen

    @ Diane – thanks so much! I appreciate your comments. I actually heard about the train emergency from someone else- overheard someone talking about it. We took the light rail in from Mesa ourselves and let me tell you – that’s a whole other subject I am going to pick on later. Go Gonzo!
    @Paul – I am so sorry for your sons not getting a bobblehead! If it wasn’t for my wife who decided to fight the crowd of everyone else, I wouldn’t have gotten one either. I had no desire to get in that mob! She said she ended up getting the last one in the last box because an employee finally showed up to hand out the last few. I’m glad you called, even if you got voice mail! I’m actually writing a letter to the Dbacks today. Take care guys!

  • SHELLY

    I TOO WAS AT THE GAME LAST SATURDAY AT 3:30 FOR MY BOBBLEHEAD. THOUGHT THAT WOULD BE PLENTY OF TIME TO BE ONE OF THE 15K. I WAS SOOO DISAPPOINTED WHEN I WAS TOLD THEY RAN OUT 5MINS BEFORE. I WAS ANGERED BY THE PEOPLE THAT SO MANY THEY COULD HARDLY CARRY THEM, NOW TO FOUND OUT HOW THE PARK ALSO MESSED UP HANDING THEM OUT JUST PISSES ME OFF. SOMEONE HAD A GOOD IDEA ABOUT THE PARK MAKING MORE AND SCANNING “REAL” FANS TICKETS TO GET ONE AT COST. I TRUELY CONSIDERED GETTING ONE FROM EBAY. NOT NOW! BOYCOTT THE SELFISH JERKS.