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Independent league baseball team to hold Manti Te’o Girlfriend Bobblehead Night


Much like in the way Spirit Airlines sought to capitalize on the Manti Te’o fake dead girlfriend saga, the Florence Freedom, based in Florence, Ky. and a member of the Independent Frontier League, has realized that the controversy surrounding the Notre Dame linebacker can be used to manufacture some priceless publicity.

On Thursday, May 23, the Freedom will open the gates at UC Health Stadium for Manti Te’o Girlfriend Bobblehead Night. Winner winner zinger dinner.

The night’s festivities are highlighted by the bobblehead giveaway. The first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive their very own Manti Te’o Girlfriend Bobblehead. But as one may suspect, this particular bobblehead giveaway is unlike any other occasion when a bobblehead has been offered up by a baseball team.

Said Freedom General Manager Josh Anderson: “This will be the best kind of bobblehead a fan could get. Because now fans can make the bobblehead out to be whatever they want it to be.”

How so, you ask? The answer to that is genius in its simplicity: The boxes that one would assume contain the bobblehead will be empty. No word if it this is because all the bobbleheads supposedly died of leukemia.

Among other delightful aspects of what surely will be a fabulous evening in Independent Baseball League Imaginationland (via the Florence Freedom’s Official Site):

To add to the imaginary fun, section 115 will be blocked and reserved only for fans to sit with their imaginary friends, girlfriends/boyfriends or spouses.  There will also be a make pretend kiss cam, air guitar contest and an imaginary food fight outside the Airheads Kids Zone.

A brilliant idea to be sure, but one is left to wonder just how relevant the Manti Te’o fake dead girlfriend story will be months from now in late May. But the Freedom deserve credit for their moxie. And let’s be honest: If the Freedom hadn’t announced the organization intended to pull this promotional stunt, how many of us would have any idea who in the heck the Florence Freedom were?