LOS ANGELES – It was not your average bobblehead night.
Fans in attendance who witnessed the Los Angeles Dodgers dominate the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday received an Adrian Gonzalez bobblehead courtesy of Time Warner Cable, but for all intensive purposes, it was Adrian Gonzalez day at Dodger Stadium.
The day began with pregame mariachi music performed live by Mariachi Los Reyes. The group's lead singer Jorge Alvarez, even performed a mariachi version of the national anthem.
Mariachi before Dodgers play Reds. https://t.co/BYbuSsbMZr
— John McCoy (@JohnEMcCoy) May 26, 2016
As fans got to their seats—bobblehead in tow—Gonzalez and his family were on the field to greet and wave to fans. His older brother, Edgar, who used to play for the San Diego Padres, threw out one of the ceremonial first pitches.
Gonzalez, who had his bobblehead in the dugout before the game, was happy with its likeness to the star slugger.
"Now a days they do a pretty good job of them and make them look good," Gonzalez said of how his bobblehead came out. "Overall, its good."
As a special treat for Gonzalez—an avid boxing fan—WBC featherweight champion Francisco Vargas joined Gonzalez in another ceremonial first pitch as the Dodgers' first baseman caught the Mexican fighter behind the plate.
Hispanic fans love Gonzalez, so to have an entire day devoted to their favorite player was something special for Los Angelenos.
As for Gonzalez himself, he was thankful for the gesture and will cherish the memories down the road, but the most important thing was to get a victory on his bobblehead night, something his teammates helped him achieve with a 3-1, win and series sweep on the field.
"I'm thankful to the organization for thinking of me. It's something special that gives me good memories for the future," Gonzalez said of the day's festivities. "Even though I didn't get a hit, we won the game and that's the most important thing for me."
— Adrián González (@Adrian_ElTitan) May 26, 2016