Thursday, August 29, 2013

Joey's Soapbox: We Need A Screaming Ojeda Bobblehead!

The Mets just completed a homestand in which there were plenty of giveaways.  Over the last week and a half, they gave away three bobbleheads, a set of coasters, sunglasses, Marlon Byrd, John Buck and Matt Harvey’s depressing diagnosis.  But let’s not talk about the Dark Knight, the Word and Bentley’s dad.  Instead, let’s focus on the bobbleheads.

On Friday, a select number of fans received a Jay Horwitz bobblehead.  That was followed by a Tom Seaver bobblehead on Sunday and a Gary, Keith & Ron bobblehead on Tuesday.  Since last year, a number of players from the 1986 World Series champion Mets have received their own bobblehead.  (Earlier this year, Doc Gooden was immortalized in plastic and springs.)  But there is one member of that team I’d like to see in bobblehead form who hasn’t received that honor yet.

I’m Joey Beartran and I’m about to get on my soapbox to talk to you about it.

I've got plenty of bobbleheads, but there's one I don't have that I really want.

We’ve seen this former left-handed starting pitcher rant about everything in the SNY studio after a Mets loss.  He tells it like it is and embodies the spirit of the ’86 team by not caring if you think he’s being too harsh or critical about the current team’s performance.  On Twitter, his post-game diatribes have affectionately earned the hashtag #ScreamingOjedaLive.  That’s right, Mets fans.  I’m talking about the one and only Bob Ojeda.

I would give anything to have a Screaming Ojeda bobblehead (or an S.O.B. for short).  After Ojeda held me for his Wikipedia photo shoot (click here to see me on his Wikipedia page), it would be fitting if I could hold an S.O.B. of my own.

Admit it.  You enjoy watching Bobby O’s head go all over the place as he morphs Incredible Hulk-style before the SNY cameras after a poorly played game.  Now imagine if you could go from watching Bobby O’s screaming head on your TV to playing with your very own screaming Bob O. head at home.  That S.O.B. would be so much fun!

So let’s spread the word to get the Mets to create a Screaming Ojeda bobblehead for a giveaway.  Perhaps we can get Randy Medina of The Apple to come up with a photo of a prototype.  After all, his creations get ripped off all the time so that might be the quickest way to make the S.O.B. a reality.  We can even give the S.O.B. four fingers on its pitching hand as an homage to the infamous hedge clipping incident that ended Ojeda’s 1988 season prematurely.  As my sometimes-colleague on Studious Metsimus (The Coop) would say, “hey Bobby O, gimme a high-four!”

Say it loud and say it proud!  I want my S.O.B.!  It’s a giveaway no Mets fan would want to be without.

                            Oh well.  If I can't have his bobblehead, I guess I'll just have to settle for the real Bobby O.                            (Photo by Sharon Chapman)


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