Minor League Spikes Honoring Penn State's Bill O'Brien with Bobblehead Giveaway
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In a way, it is fitting that a man with the initials of B.O.B. will be used for a bobblehead giveaway.
Really it was only a matter of time before somebody came up with the idea.
The State College Spikes, a minor league affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, will be giving away 1,500 bobbleheads honoring Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien later this summer.
According to a report by StateCollege.com, O'Brien loved the idea and had some input on the design of the sure to be collectible:
"He loved the idea but did have two guidelines: he wanted to be wearing a baseball cap and did not want to be throwing a baseball," says (Spikes Promotion Manager, David) Wells (via StateCollege.com).
O'Brien has been known to wear a baseball cap on his head while coaching so this really was a necessity to complete the image. A quick look at the image of the bobblehead even shows a small dimple on the chin, another character trait of O'Brien's look to go with the headset.
The giveaway is part of the local legends promotions organized by the State College Spikes. According to a team press release, O'Brien's bobblehead will be given away on Aug. 28, which will also serve as THON night for the team just days before Penn State's first football game of the 2013 season.
Other local legends to be honored this season will include Eric Milton, Matt Adams and Stan Belinda. Each player will be given their own miniature bobblehead depicting them in their local high school uniforms.
The O'Brien bobblehead will be the highlight of the series of promotions and should be one of the more popular giveaways this season.
According to the original report on StateCollege.com, the Spikes have already increased the production order from the typical 1,000 bobbleheads to 1,500 due to the expected popularity of the promotion.
This all just goes to show what one successful season can do for a coach. After one year in State College, O'Brien is considered a legend.
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