TORONTO - A reporter inside the Blue Jays clubhouse casually asked Adam Lind if he remembers his Bobblehead Day.
“I haven’t had one,” said the longest-serving Jays position player on this year’s team.
“I mean, I don’t think I’ve had one,” he added with a laugh. “Because if I did, I’d have it at home.”
The Jays have held Bobblehead Days for stars like Roy Halladay and Roberto Alomar and relative newcomers like R.A. Dickey, as well as for guys like Yunel Escobar and J.P. Arencibia. But not Lind.
Apparently there was a mini Adam Lind Bobblehead some years back, but not the real thing. Not that Lind is complaining.
“I mean, I’m not the most exciting player on this team,” he said, again with his trademark laid back, mid-western chortle. “I don’t even play every day. I don’t make the most money. I platoon now.”
Lind is sort of the Red Buttons of the Toronto Blue Jays. (For those of you of a certain age, Buttons was this old-time comedian dude whose catchphrase was: “I never had a dinner!”. The joke being that everybody else had been honoured in such a way, but not him ... You had to be there). But again, Lind wasn’t making a big deal out of the fact that he never had a Bobblehead Day. He didn’t even bring it up. As mostly a platoon first baseman and DH now, Lind readily agrees that he’s not exactly Bobblehead material, though the argument could be made that neither were Escobar and Arencibia. But he is the longest serving position player on this year’s team and he has had some good seasons, despite being hobbled by back issues.