Saturday, March 12, 2011
"Orioles" Bobblehead of the Week- Nolan Reimold
Here's a Nolan Reimold bobblehead that was given away by the AA Bowie Baysox on July 22, 2010. I figured that it was appropriate to show Nolan's bobble this week since he is having a great spring training so far. Oh yeah, and he's one of Kalina's favorite players.
Nolan is definitely on the bubble of the O's roster this year, but his performance through the first two weeks has only helped his chances of heading north with the team.
It's very fitting that the Baysox made a bobblehead commemorating Nolan's time in Bowie since he led them to the Eastern League playoffs in 2008. He also made the regular and post-season Eastern League All-Star teams that year, and had possibly the greatest single-game performance in Baysox history during those '08 Playoffs. On September 3, 2008, Nolan hit three home runs and had 8 RBI against the Akron Aeros, the Indians AA affiliate. That date happens to be my birthday, and one of my presents from Kalina was Baysox playoff tickets, so we were in the first row behind the Baysox dugout for Nolan's fireworks display. It was AMAZING.
The Orioles also gave away a Reimold bobblehead last season as part of the OF mini-bobble set. Unfortunately, the giveaway date was May 26, exactly two weeks after Nolan had been shipped to AAA Norfolk.
Many fans' bobbleheads were also broken off the base when they opened them up due to insufficient styrofoam protection. I remember that there was a bunch of separated bobble bodies and bases left with all the trash at the end of the game. Luckily, only one of my two was broken and it was fairly easily fixed with some super glue. Now if his head angle could only be adjusted. Any bobble collectors out there have any suggestions from me?