Me and My Bobblehead

Their dolls are shakin', but some ballplayers aren't stirred
April 16, 2006

JASONKENDALL
A's Catcher

THE UNIQUENESS ofKendall's likeness had fans lined up outside Oakland's McAfee Coliseum 12 hoursbefore game time last July 31, when 15,000 were given away. Collectors considerthe stubble-faced statuette a masterpiece of bobblehead art--it has a removablecatcher's mask--but Kendall's son, Kuyper, 2, doesn't exactly treasure his."My kid's gone through four," says Kendall. "One time I saw my headrolling on the ground. [He] was throwing it, and the head broke off."
KENDALL'S RATING [4]*

STEVETRACHSEL
Mets Starting Pitcher

AFTER TRACHSELwon 16 games in 2003, then teammate Al Leiter decided he deserved somebobblehead love. The Mets agreed--to a point. Rather than honor him with abobblehead night the team commissioned limited-edition Trachsel dolls and gavethem to a row of fans during each of his home starts in '04. "In the first[version], I think I was holding a bat," groused Trachsel, a career .167hitter. He's more pleased with the final product, though he notes, "Thesmile is wrong. I have more of a smirk."
TRACHSEL'S RATING [2 1/2]*

CRAIGWILSON
Pirates Leftfielder

WILSON'SBOBBLEHEAD day last June 4 came at a strange time. He hadn't played in nearly amonth because of a hand injury, and he'd just shorn his trademark blond locks."They made the hair medium length, and it was short [in real life],"Wilson says. "And I was wearing a cast on my wrist, and they didn't havethat." Wilson isn't fond of his ceramic doppelgänger. "I think it'sstill in the garage. In the box too. I'm an ugly dude, and they didn't doanything to make me look better."
WILSON'S RATING [1]*

*Players ratedtheir bobbleheads on a 1-to-4 scale with 4 being the best

THREE PHOTOSGINA HOUSEMAN (3, ALL BOBBLEHEADS) PHOTOJOHN BIEVER (KENDALL) PHOTORONALD MARTINEZ/GETTY IMAGES (TRACHSEL) PHOTODAVID DUROCHIK/SPORTPICS (WILSON)

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)