Somewhere out there, a very confused bobblehead manufacturer is thinking to herself, “Brian Roberts. The guy’s got 22 steals. What do you mean he’s not black?”
It seems there was a little mix-up. The Chinese company that produced the Brian Roberts bobblehead doll didn’t mix its paint right. The dolls showed up to Camden Yards a few shades too dark.
“It didn’t look like Brian Roberts. The coloring was bad,” Orioles spokesman Bill Stetka said. “I didn’t actually see it. I’ve heard various versions that it was very dark and bluish.”
The team returned the entire shipment of 20,000 Roberts dolls, which they had planned to hand out Saturday. Instead of bobbleheads, all fans who attend the game against the Texas Rangers will be given vouchers that they can use to pick up more accurate Roberts dolls at Camden Yards after Sept. 1. The team may end up giving away more than 20,000 dolls because of the mistake, Stetka said.
Hopefully, the next set of dolls will be a little bit more realistic, like the Barry Bonds bobblehead. Now that’s craftsmanship. Looks just like the real thing. Look at the proportional head!