Imagine seeing Tommy Lasorda staring back at you nodding while you're stuck in traffic on the 405.
That amusing (or frightening) prospect is likely to be a reality once the baseball season starts this week.
The former Dodgers' Hall of Fame manager will be immortalized this season as the team introduces the first of three collectable ceramic Dodger bobble-head dolls, retro souvenirs that have returned to stadiums nationwide.
The Lasorda will be given away Wednesday, April 4 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Two players instrumental in the Dodgers' World Series titles under Lasorda Kirk Gibson in 1988 and Fernando Valenzuela in 1981 will be the other former Dodgers featured in the series.
"What an outstanding honor this is for me," said Lasorda. "To be included in an exclusive set like this is really special, and to be featured with two guys who meant so much to me during my managerial career, well, that makes it even more special."
There will only be 55,000 of each bobble-head produced and each collectable will be only available at Dodger Stadium on the day of the promotion.
The Gibson giveaway will be on June 9 at the game against the Anaheim Angels. Gibson was the hero of the 1988 World Series with his dramatic two-out, ninth-inning homer which gave the Dodgers a 5-4 win in Game One.
The Valenzuela giveaway will be July 29 against the Colorado Rockies. This season marks the 20th anniversary of "Fernandomania," the craze that captured Los Angeles during the Dodgers' 1981 championship season. That season saw Valenzuela earn both the Cy Young and Rookie of the Year awards.
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