Kirk Gibson thinks it’s weird having a Dodgers bobblehead as D-backs manager
The Dodgers held a Kirk Gibson bobblehead giveaway on Tuesday night to celebrate the former slugger’s memorable pinch-hit home run in the 1988 World Series. Though the gesture was cool, and the idea to have the figurine’s fist pump also bobble was awesome, the giveaway comes at an odd time; Gibson now manages the opposing team.
“It’s got to be weird for the Dodgers,” Gibson said before the game. “We’re going to try to beat their tails tonight.
“I have the Diamondbacks red on tonight. I dislike the Dodgers a competitive, respectful way,” he said, per Jack Magruder.
Gibson said before the game that he agreed to the giveaway before realizing he would be managing the opposing team the night fans received it. I’m sure Dodgers fans won’t mind; even if the team loses, at least they got a cool souvenir.
And being on the opposite isn’t the only aspect of the giveaway that’s drawn attention; the positioning of Gibson’s fist-pumping arm is too:
As weird as this whole situation is, it’s not as odd as things will be for the Phillies in August.
Photo via Roberto Baly