Twelve games under .500 (30-42) on June 21, the Dodgers have since been on a tear: They are 47-47 at the break, just 21/2 games behind the D'backs.
So things are good in L.A., where the new owners are pulling out all the stops, including giving out beaucoup bobbleheads, to rev up enthusiasm.
On June 27, it was Sandy Koufax bobblehead day at Chavez Ravine. Adrian Gonzales had his turn last Thursday. And the great Vin Scully will be up next Thursday.
From there it gets a little peculiar. The Dodgers will give out: Hideo Nomo bobbleheads Aug. 10, a Rick Monday "Flag Saving" bobblehead on Aug. 27; Hello Kitty bobbleheads Sept. 9, and Magic Johnson bobbleheads Sept. 12.
Nomo had a nice few years with the Dodgers, but does he really belong in the same company with Sandy Koufax?
Hello Kitty? She's no Phillie Phanatic.
Magic Johnson? He was a great basketball player.
Rick Monday? In what some have called the greatest play of all time, the centerfielder rushed onto the field at Dodger Stadium on April 25, 1976, to grab a U.S. flag from two men who were about to set it on fire.
It should be noted, however, that Monday, who later joined the Dodgers, was playing for the Cubs at the time. Yes, the Dodgers are giving away a bobblehead of a player wearing a visitors jersey.
A jersey worn by Ted Williams in 1946 sold for $184,000, one of Babe Ruth's bats went for more than $166,000, and items from Warren Spahn's personal collection fetched more than $900,000 at auction this week. Spahn's '57 Cy Young Award sold for $126,000, and his Hall of Fame ring brought $55,200.
The auctions were held Monday and Tuesday by Exton-based Hunt Auctions. The figures were released Wednesday.
- Staff and wire reports