Maybe next season they can schedule these types of promotions before the trade deadline.
Despite shipping the right fielder out to San Francisco a few weeks ago, the Phillies are still holding their Hunter Pence bobblehead giveaway at tonight's game, because as you can see, they already have Hunter Pence bobbleheads. Scott Brandreth, the club's director of merchandising, had this to say on the matter:
"I guess there's a little, 'What are you going to do with 45,000 bobbleheads?' That certainly crossed your mind," Brandreth said. "There were a few different scenarios we discussed. But we felt that, 'You know what? It's a popular item, and it was a popular player and we assume that there were a decent amount of people that bought tickets for it. So lets do it.'"
Word is one of the solutions the team considered was sending the figurines to New Mexico to be buried in that landfill that is home to all those unsold copies of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial for the Atari 2600, but passing them off on the fans was way more economical. For what it's worth, Brandreth adds Pence is cool with the giveaway.
By the way, if you are interested in acquiring one of these Pence bobbleheads for yourself, tickets to the game are still available.
UPDATE: The Pence bobbleheads come with a special message from Hunter Pence. (via Kevin Cooney):
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Penn State is headed to the Rose Bowl Game, and it will cost a pretty penny to be on hand in Pasadena on January 2.
With a statement win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game Penn State clinched their first Rose Bowl berth since 2009. The No. 5 school in the nation will face No. 9 USC in a rematch from seven years ago. Such a long absence for both schools in the bowl game is driving resale ticket prices to new heights, so much so that the Rose Bowl Game will be the most expensive bowl game this season – including the two Semifinal games.
On TicketIQ, an event ticket search engine that pools tickets and data from over 90 percent of the secondary market, the average resale price for Rose Bowl Game tickets is now $804. Not only does that make it the most expensive Rose Bowl since at least 2010, but also the priciest bowl game of the last seven seasons. If looking just to get in on January 2 the cheapest tickets are now priced from $346 each.
The showdown between Penn State and USC is so expensive that it will be more than twice the average price of both Semifinal games. As it stands now the resale average for Peach Bowl tickets between Alabama and Washington at Georgia Dome is $389 with a get-in price of $185. Clemson and Ohio State will clash in the Fiesta Bowl to the tune of a $241 average and $71 get-in price.
Prices are so high for this year’s game in Pasadena that they rival the 2015 National Championship Game. The first-ever Championship Game under the new College Football Playoff system, that year’s game between Ohio State and Oregon averaged a $858 ticket and $317 get-in price.
While Penn State fans, students and alumni raced to snag tickets during the general on sale, prices were quick to skyrocket on the secondary market following the school’s invitation to the Rose Bowl Game. On Saturday afternoon, several hours before the Big Ten Championship kickoff, Rose Bowl tickets were averaging under $600, marking a nearly 40 percent increase since that time. The cheapest resale ticket price has jumped more than $100 since Saturday, climbing from its $245 price tag since.