As expected, the Philadelphia Phillies went ahead with their scheduled Hunter Pence bobblehead night on Tuesday. And lest this semi-awkward situation pass unnoticed, our pal Enrico from The 700 Level positioned himself inside the Citizen Bank Park turnstiles to record the reactions of those receiving a bobblehead whose real-life representation would be playing on the opposite coast for a different team that night.
Would being reminded of a season gone south for the Fightins' create feelings of sadness, anger or depression? Or just simple glee at receiving something for "free"? Watch it here:
Each of the 45,000 bobbles came with a card containing a special message from Pence, thanking fans for the "great memories" and saying he hoped the figurine would serve "as a lasting reminder of my time there."
I initially surmised that was a nice way of writing "please don't throw these on the field after a blown call." But after seeing the happy hordes snap up bobbles of a player who played all of 155 games in a Phillies uniform, I'm starting to think this whole baseball thing may be an elaborate front for feeding the addiction of a nation of pack rats. In fact, I'd be surprised if Pence's message was even read before his mini-me's were ripped from their packages while their recipients protectively gurgled something about "my precious."