Bobblehead Weekend July 5 and 7: Get Your Tickets Now before we sell out

by Rekha Leonard

Baseball and bobbleheads are a classic combination, and this season, the Bethesda Big Train is giving fans two more opportunities to add to their collection.

“The idea behind Big Train is that we’re like a small version of a minor league team,” Big Train founder and President Bruce Adams said. “One of the basics of minor league baseball is that you give out bobbleheads, so we’ve done bobbleheads from the early years of Big Train.”

The bobbleheads are all created to honor influential members of the Big Train community. Previous bobbleheads include Cal Ripken Sr., Shirley Povich, Walter “Big Train” Johnson, mascots Homer and Bunt, manager Sal Colangelo, former Big Train player and major leaguer Brian Dozier, and ESPN analyst Tim Kurjian.

The Big Train’s bobblehead weekend this year starts July 5 with an Eve Rosenbaum bobblehead giveaway. If you’ve ever looked at your bobblehead collection and realized there’s very few women in it, this giveaway is the perfect opportunity to celebrate an influential woman working in baseball.

Rosenbaum is currently the assistant general manager of the Baltimore Orioles — one of the brains behind Baltimore’s stellar turnaround. She started her baseball career volunteering with the Big Train, working the scoreboard back when it was hand operated.

“She is one of the most highly thought of women in professional sports in the country,” Adams said. “She’s a Bethesda product, Whitman grad, a Big Train volunteer and so I was like, how cool would it be to have an Eve Rosenbaum bobblehead.”

On July 7, Big Train bat boy Owen Lieber will celebrate his bobblehead giveaway. Although he’s only 12 years old, Owen has been the Big Train’s bat boy for five years. As a Little Leaguer himself, he’s entrenched in the Bethesda baseball community.

“We built Povich Field for young people, to be a magnet for kids to come out and just have a great time and develop a love for baseball,” Adams said. “So in our 25th season, I thought maybe the bobblehead should represent a young person.”

The Big Train is built on the dedication and talents of volunteers, so there’s no one better than the five-year veteran bat boy to symbolize Big Train in the form of a bobblehead.

These bobbleheads don’t just represent iconic Big Train figures, they actually look like them too. Steven Kuok from Xiamen Reefone Ltd. designed the Owen and Eve bobbleheads and paid close attention to detail.

“I was really impressed to find a manufacturer who spent so much time with us crafting particularly the faces of these bobbleheads so they look like Owen and Eve,” Adams said.

Additionally, the bobbleheads come in a custom box, complete with pictures of the bobbleheads, bios of Owen and Eve, and real life pictures of Owen and Eve to compare with their figurines.

Come out to Shirley Povich Field on July 5 and 7 to snag these bobbleheads and celebrate two important members of the Big Train community. Buy tickets here for July 5th and here for July 7th!