The New York Mets unveiled this image of a special Zack Wheeler bobblehead that will be given away on Saturday, June 14th to fans who purchase tickets for Firefighter Appreciation Night. Tickets are available in the Promenade for $35 and at field level for $65. See mets.com/fire for additional details.
This would be a perfect companion to the Dillon Gee firefighter bobblehead that the Brooklyn Cyclones gave away a couple of years ago.
Johan Santana (July 3rd) and Daniel Murphy (August 26th) lead the bobblehead lineup, though I can’t say I’m fond of the concept art for Murphy’s. (There’s also a “Dr. Sandy” (August 17th) one that would give me nightmares if it turns out anything like the concept art.)
My prize – a Cliff Floyd bobblehead given away at a Harrisburg Senators game this season – arrived on Saturday. As far as bobbleheads go, it’s a very good likeness.
Floyd, who patrolled left field for the New York Mets from 2003-2006, began his career in the Montreal Expos’ organization as a first baseman. A 1995 collision with Mets catcher Todd Hundley at first base resulted in a broken wrist that nearly ended Floyd’s career; when he returned, he moved to the outfield.
In 1993, Floyd hit .329 with 26 home runs and 101 RBI for the Harrisburg Senators at the age of 20. The next year, he was the regular first baseman on a Montreal Expos team that appeared playoff-bound when the MLB Players Association went out on strike.
Floyd would go on to win a World Series ring in 1997 with the Florida Marlins. They recognized him with a bobblehead giveaway in 2001. I’m not aware of any other teams that have done so.
Thanks for the new addition to my small (and largely accidental) bobblehead collection, Ryan.