Looks like Cindy Ellis got her birthday wish! After tweeting out that she hoped for a bobblehead night commemorating her husband, and Dodgers starting catcher, the team announced that they have indeed added an A.J. Ellis Bobblehead night to the 2014 promotional schedule.
All I want for my birthday is an @AJEllis17 bobblehead! Make it happen @Dodgers
— Cindy Ellis (@Cindyluellis) January 25, 2014
Apparently Mrs. Ellis carries some weight around the organization. Within a week of her Twitter demands, the Dodgers fulfilled her request to "make it happen."
The Dodger catcher had a chance earlier this off-season to earn bobblehead honors with the "Fan Vote," but lost to eccentric set-up man Brian Wilson. Ellis quickly became a fan-favorite over the past two years, but his good-guy persona could not overtake the emerging popularity of Wilson.
In 2013 the starting catcher's numbers dropped, but he was still the best option the Dodgers had behind home plate. Reliability is also a part of Ellis' game as he has played in at least 115 games each of the last two years with just one trip to the Disabled List.
Ellis deserves a bobblehead for his loyalty to the club alone. He has spent seven years with the organization, but only in the past two years has he become a solid fixture in the starting lineup.
If you are an avid bobblehead collector, this is the year you have been waiting for with a whopping 12 ceramic figures. So go ahead and add the A.J. Ellis bobblehead night to the calendar for September 7 against the Diamondbacks.