Shohei Ohtani’s bobblehead giveaway draws massive crowds at Dodger Stadium


A Shohei Ohtani bobblehead giveaway at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles attracted thousands of fans on Thursday.

Key points:

  • The bobblehead giveaway, which even caused traffic congestion, occurred ahead of a match between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds.

  • The game reportedly drew a crowd of 53,527, the largest turnout in the current MLB season and the most at Dodger Stadium since Sept. 20, 2019.

  • The Dodgers ultimately lost 2-7.

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The details:

  • Only the first 40,000 fans received the Ohtani bobblehead. Of those, 1,700 featured the star pitcher in the team’s road gray uniform.

  • The bobblehead featured a smiling Ohtani with his bat perched on his left shoulder. It came in a box that depicted him anime-style.

  • Resellers quickly capitalized on the popularity of the bobbleheads, reportedly listing them on eBay for prices ranging from $150 to over $2,300.

  • Dodgers manager Dave Roberts acknowledged the Ohtani bobblehead frenzy at the pre-game press conference. “It's exciting. Shohei certainly creates a stir. I can't imagine what it's like outside. It's good. It's great for Shohei, it's good for the Dodgers, it's going to be a hot-ticket item," he said.

  • The Dodgers have scheduled three additional Ohtani giveaways throughout the season, which will include a hat, a second bobblehead and a shirt. The events commemorate Ohtani's inaugural season with the team.


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