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SBD/September 26, 2013/Franchises
Yankees Give Fans Free Ticket For '14 Game After Tuesday's Bobblehead Blunder
Published September 26, 2013
RIVERA'S REACTION: In N.Y., Peter Botte reports Rivera, when initially asked about the incident, declined comment, saying such things are "not my field or territory." However, when he was "asked kiddingly whether he was in charge of bobblehead distribution, a smiling Rivera cracked: 'No, I wasn’t. If I was, it would’ve been done.'" Rivera "quickly clarified that he understood the reasons for the delays, but Rivera admitted he personally did seek an explanation for what happened after hearing on the YES broadcast during the game that so many fans were angered and inconvenienced by the snafu" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/26). The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Needleman & Barbarisi write, "Bobblehead management has become something of an issue with popular teams." The Dodgers in April "issued a rule limiting the number of bobbleheads given away at games to one per ticket holder to deter hoarders -- and to help ensure that the fans actually stick around for the action" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 9/26).
YOU GOTTA LAUGH: CBS' David Letterman mentioned the bobblehead issue during his monologue last night and said, "What they did, at the last minute they had some old Chuck Knoblauch bobblehead dolls. They put Mariano Rivera’s number on the Chuck Knoblauch dolls, and everything was fine. It all worked out” (“Late Show,” CBS, 9/25).