About a week ago, Big League Stew posted a video a Cincinnati Reds fan had made of his Chris Sabo bobblehead doll rotating on a platform to Mannheim Steamroller. My first thought? That’s pretty lame and I can do way better — the bobblehead isn’t even bobbling its head! Plus, I bet I can do more than one doll at a time.
I mentioned this to Dave, and while he’s not a big baseball fan, throw in the opportunity for some engineering design and he gets into it. After taking some measurements and doing a little white board diagramming, we took a trip to Home Depot to buy equipment to build the bobble platform with a fixed mount for the camera. The hats are actually modified socks from the Target dollar bin, the “snow” is cotton balls, and the song is mine.
It’s way better than the Cincinnati Reds video… it even features a cameo by a wind-up Jim Thome.
Last fall before I went to Alaska, I bought myself a fancy new camera — not a DSLR, but a fancier model than my old point and shoot that fit in my pocket. (It’s a Panasonic DMC-FZ35 if that means anything to you.) It has an 18x zoom and a burst mode. These two features combined mean that it’s excellent for taking pictures at baseball games. Thus, I have literally thousands of pictures from all the games I’ve gone to this year — and this doesn’t even count all the pictures I took with my old camera after the new one was accidentally left back in Minnesota. Most of the pictures are pretty dull and redundant — batters taking pitches or swinging and missing. However, there is the occasional treasure.
And so, as an excuse to blog even though the baseball season is over, here are my 10 favorite pictures from various baseball games I went to this season. (Also, I figured out I can embed slideshows, so this seemed like a good first slideshow.)