Pinstripe Alley Review: Yankees Bobbleheads By Kunj Shah
Every year when the Yankees release their promotional calendar for the season, I laser-focus in on the bobbleheads. Although I generally don’t collect non-Yankees bobbleheads, when it comes to my favorite baseball team, I can’t resist.
When I heard about about a new lineup of Yankees bobbleheads, I couldn’t help but get excited. They have so many different types and series of bobbleheads; there are plenty from which fans can choose. The good folks at the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame were kind enough to send me a few complimentary bobbleheads so that I could review them for our readers here. Spoiler alert: I give them two pinstriped thumbs down.
Thumbs Down Series
The 2017 Bombers stood out as one of the most exciting teams to watch in recent history. It was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Yankees, but the team arrived a year early. The club shocked many when they not only made the playoffs, but then came one game within the World Series. The thumbs down served as the squad’s rallying cry.
The gesture famously originated after die-hard Mets fan Gary Dunaier gave Todd Frazier a thumbs down for hitting a home run at Citi Field. That series was played in Queens because the Tampa-area was recovering from Hurricane Irma. After the images of Dunaier went viral, it became the team’s new celebration for success. Even Yankees fans adopted the thumbs down to cheer on the team. Now thumbs down bobbleheads provide a good memory from a surprisingly fun team and a symbol of good times.