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Kirk Gibson’s bobblehead: When a fist pump becomes overtly masturbatory (vid)

Who can forget the dramatic home run then-Los Angeles Dodgers star Kirk Gibson hit in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series off Oakland A’s shutdown closer Dennis Eckersley? With the team trailing 4-3 with two outs in the 9th inning, Dodgers skipper Tommy Lasorda turned to a severely hobbled Gibson as pinch hitter — the only at-bat Gibson had in the entire series. Down 0-2, Gibson turned on an Eckersley offering, depositing it in the stands in one of the greatest postseason moments in Major League Baseball History.

As Gibson limped around the bases, he celebrated with some now-legendary fist pumps, something the Dodgers wanted to capture with its bobblehead of its World Series hero of yesteryear for the team’s Kirk Gibson Bobblehead Night on July 31 when Gibson will be in town with his Arizona Diamondbacks.

Unfortunately, the sophistication of bobblehead production may be lacking in the moving parts department, because as you can from the promotion contained in the above video, when the Kirk Gibson Bobblehead fist pumps, it looks like…well, it looks like it is doing something a bobblehead should never be depicted doing. Won’t somebody think of the children?

I mean, I have heard of a bobblehead jiggling its head but this is ridiculous.

[H/T Deadspin]