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Me and My Bobblehead

July 31, 2006
July 31, 2006

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July 31, 2006

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Me and My Bobblehead

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

C.C.SABATHIA
Indians pitcher

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THE ACE, who lovesthat his bobblehead is topped with his signature crooked cap, tries to keep hisdolls from his son, Carsten Charles III, who's two. "[He] breaks them,"Sabathia says. "He plays with them like they're action figures." He'snot alone: Just-traded closer Bob Wickman says his toddler, Ethan, snapped thearm off his mini C.C. too. Sabathia keeps cases of his bobbleheads safely inhis mother's garage. But the doll in his locker? One of ex-teammate CocoCrisp.

SABATHIA'SRATING*
[4 STARS]

PAUL KONERKO
White Sox first baseman

"ON MYbobblehead my waistline is bigger than my shoulders," gripes the three-timeAll-Star. "I hope it's not true, but it might be." Body proportionsaside, the 6'2", 220-pound slugger admires his bobblehead's goatee andfeels bad about the treatment it got from the Indians' mascot, Slider."When we were in Cleveland last year, their mascot used it in a skit on thescoreboard," he says. "It ended with him taking a sledgehammer to mybobblehead."

KONERKO'SRATING
[3 STARS]

PEDROMARTINEZ
Mets pitcher

MARTINEZ DOESN'Town any of his bobbleheads, but his family went crazy for them. "Everybodysaid, 'Can I keep one? Can I keep one?'" he says. "My cousin's kids, mysister. Everyone in the family [has] them." Though he says the doll lookslike him, he believes the skin color is off--"The face was a littlelight"--and wishes the bobblehead reflected his fluid pitching delivery."I would use more of my mechanics," he says. "That would identifyme better."

MARTINEZ'SRATING
[3 STARS]

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

PHOTOLARRY GOREN/ICON SMI (SABATHIA)PHOTOWARREN WIMMER/WIREIMAGE.COM (KONERKO)PHOTODAMIAN STROHMEYER (MARTINEZ)PHOTOCOURTESY OF CHICAGO WHITE SOX (KONERKO BOBBLEHEAD)TWO PHOTOSDIANA ELIAZOV (SABATHIA AND MARTINEZ BOBBLEHEADS)