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  1. Ryan Gosling is such a talent.

    Comment by Dan Ugglas Forearm — March 13, 2013 @ 9:37 am

  2. Makes you wonder how much money was really rolling in when a business needs to start acting like a business all of a sudden??

    Comment by Hurtlockertwo — March 13, 2013 @ 10:16 am

  3. Any other goal than winning the World Series should not be pursued. Bobble head profits??? lol

    Go Tribe!

    Comment by bexleybay — March 13, 2013 @ 10:33 am

  4. “The Texas Rangers have had the largest growth in unique fans among all MLB teams — 40% since 2010 — and for the first time ever, had more unique fans than the Dallas Cowboys.”

    But those aren’t real fans.

    Comment by TKDC — March 13, 2013 @ 10:59 am

  5. If I brought my kid to a game for a bobblehead, and they didn’t get my kid one because tehy only made 10,000 instead of the needed 15,000 (or whatever number they needed to make sure every kid got one)… I’d be pissed. And that would be the last time I bought a ticket for a promotion.

    Penny wise, pound foolish.

    Comment by Dave S — March 13, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

  6. agreed

    Comment by Dave S — March 13, 2013 @ 12:22 pm

  7. They always say how many fans are going to get one, so you wouldn’t be pissed, you’d feel stupid for getting there too late.

    Comment by byron — March 13, 2013 @ 12:26 pm

  8. Yeah, I admit I’d feel stupid… for about one nanosecond before I got pissed and vowed to never attend another ballgame just because of a stupid promotion. LOL

    Comment by Dave S — March 13, 2013 @ 12:54 pm

  9. Are you suggesting those are fair-weather fans, such as many the Giants have added in the same time period?

    Comment by Baltar — March 13, 2013 @ 12:59 pm

  10. I’m just waiting for a team to figure out that beer promotions are actually going to get me to the game.

    Comment by philosofool — March 13, 2013 @ 1:21 pm

  11. They don’t do that because they don’t need to. If that’s what you want, check with your local minor league team.

    Comment by a5ehren — March 13, 2013 @ 1:44 pm

  12. me too. here’s the promotion i was thinking of: charge less than $10 each.

    Comment by sooted72 — March 13, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

  13. In 2002 or 2003 I drove to Montreal for a Gary Carter bobblehead (my favorite player growing up). Got to the stadium early, and it turned out to be a lottery system. You got a card that said your giveaway – and I got a free soda. Needless to say, I was pissed. Even moreso when I saw someone walking around with garbage bags filled with bobbleheads for $50 each.

    Comment by vivalajeter — March 13, 2013 @ 1:51 pm

  14. Forgot to mention – I’m so pissed that I’ll never go to a Montreal Expos game again!

    Comment by vivalajeter — March 13, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

  15. It only takes one nanosecond for that dissonance to kick in – “hey wait, this can’t possibly be my fault for not arriving early enough! Those jerks should produce more free stuff to give me!”

    (Don’t worry, we all do it.)

    Comment by Jason B — March 13, 2013 @ 1:54 pm

  16. Jason, they’re typically not free. Tickets are more expensive to bobblehead games than they are to non-bobblehead games at many ballparks.

    Comment by vivalajeter — March 13, 2013 @ 1:57 pm

  17. The Indians have also lowered their concession prices this season.

    $4 dollar domestics for the 2013 season. Last season they were 5.50. That’s a free beer every 4 you drink

    The 2012 Major League averager was .41 an oz or about 6.50 for a pint, Tribe although serving 12 oz beers, would still be under that if you were to price it out to a pint (5.30 a pint)

    Comment by Kyle — March 13, 2013 @ 2:07 pm

  18. I’d feel stupid for picking the wrong line to get into the stadium? Or for stupidly not leaving 4 hours ahead of the game time to avoid accidents to have my family wait for hours around a ball park because they didn’t want to make more? I’m pretty sure I’d be pissed at the team, not all of us can sit at a bar for hours before a game or can ditch work early, or even live close enough to a ballpark to make travel times trivial.

    I’ve been at a stadium when the gates opened and by the time I got through security I’m watching them open the last boxes with a load of people behind me. That’s not great for anyone, particularly for people who are actually enticed by the promo.

    Comment by Deelron — March 13, 2013 @ 2:10 pm

  19. You (and many other fans) being pissed is built into their model. The marginal benefit of producing fewer bobbleheads outweighs the cost of late-arriving fans’ negative feelings towards the organization.

    Comment by Rich A. — March 13, 2013 @ 2:20 pm

  20. Bill James headlined the second annual SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix last weekend. Brian Kenny from MLB Network’s Clubhouse Confidential acted as a roving emcee of sorts. Joe Posnanski was there. Rob Neyer was there. And our own Dave Cameron and David Appelman were there.

    I believe the ladies refer to this as a “meat market”.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — March 13, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

  21. Bill James headlined the second annual SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix last weekend. Brian Kenny from MLB Network’s Clubhouse Confidential acted as a roving emcee of sorts. Joe Posnanski was there. Rob Neyer was there. And our own Dave Cameron and David Appelman were there.

    I believe the ladies refer to this as a “meat market”.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — March 13, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

  22. Exactly.

    Real fans throw batteries at opponents.

    That, or bags of urine.

    Comment by MrMan — March 13, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

  23. When you CHOOSE to attend a game BECAUSE of a limited giveaway of a promotion and said limited number runs out before you get one….you did not choose wisely.

    Comment by MrMan — March 13, 2013 @ 2:56 pm

  24. one thing the indians can do to get fans out to the game is to play football. ideally in 1958

    Comment by china_dave — March 13, 2013 @ 3:02 pm

  25. I was just making fun of Josh Hamilton.

    Comment by TKDC — March 13, 2013 @ 3:07 pm

  26. Real fans don’t choose between batteries and bags of urine. God gave us two arms for a reason.

    Comment by TKDC — March 13, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

  27. “The Rangers fan growth, according to Bill Nielsen, shows that team performance is the number one factor affecting fan identification and attendance.”

    I don’t think this single piece of data shows/proves anything. Do you, wendy? I would expect fangraphs to challenge that statement.

    Comment by brendan — March 13, 2013 @ 4:15 pm

  28. I want to hear more about knuckleballer academies.

    Comment by Scott — March 13, 2013 @ 5:04 pm

  29. Minor correction: it’s “ThinkVine” – one word, not two.

    Comment by El Vigilante — March 13, 2013 @ 5:31 pm

  30. How can I join one? I’m 24, so I have about 15 or so years to practice before I hit my prime. Scott Boras, I’m waiting for your call!

    Comment by Lenard — March 14, 2013 @ 2:38 am

  31. Right, because spending the extra money on high quality baseball players wouldn’t help with that winning the World Series stuff, would it?

    Comment by Simon — March 14, 2013 @ 8:29 am

  32. Funny story I got for you guys. I was at a White Sox Frank Thomas bobble head game in which my wife and I took the train down. At the end of the (bad) game we left to wait for our train. The supervisor at the station told us to get on the other side of the tracks.

    Of course we were on the right side all along and the supervisor steered everyone wrong. The train stopped but didnt wait for anyone to run under and over to the other side.

    As the train took off I screamed TAKE THIS!! and launched my Frank Thomas bobble head right at a train window.

    Comment by slipperysteve — March 14, 2013 @ 9:35 pm

  33. Or cell phones. Someone tell Carl Everett he better duck.

    Comment by That Guy — March 15, 2013 @ 2:30 am

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