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Friday, August 17, 2012
Trending: Chipper Jones' big bobble night

By Bill Speros
Special to ESPN.com

Chipper Jones bobble head night. I hope you aren't missin the show he's putting on. Home run & diving play a instagr.am/p/OaFuspm4eA/

— Blake Canterbury (@blakecanterbury) August 16, 2012

From blakecanterbury via Instagram


The 20,000 Chipper Jones bobblehead dolls the Atlanta Braves distributed before Thursday night's game may have possessed magical powers.

Chipper Jones.. meet Chipper Jones bobblehead twitter.com/ZachKleinWSB/s…

— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) August 16, 2012


The future Hall of Famer belted two home runs during Atlanta's 6-0 victory over San Diego and now has 12 on the season.

If you thought the first curtain call was awesome...that one just gave me chills. Have a ballgame @realcj10!

— Kevin McAlpin (@KevinMcAlpin) August 17, 2012


The second home run was historic on several fronts:

Chipper Jones passed Dave Winfield on the all-time home run list last night belting his 466th homer for his 2,700th career hit. #Braves

— Ben (@benplaysguitar) August 17, 2012

Jones is calling it quits after this season, but might want to reconsider given the fact that he's among the top 10 third basemen in the majors in slugging, OBP and average.

After the game, Jones took to Twitter. Although this Tweet could have been sent by the bobblehead:

I think Meds days in the pen r over. He was great! Ol man went #yicketty twice but Jheys #mammo dwarfed em. Jsoft throwin that leather too!!

— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) August 17, 2012


Maybe this translation might help. "Meds" would be Atlanta starting pitcher Kris Medlen (4-1) -- the Braves won their 15th straight that he has started. "Jheys" - Jason Heyward - also went deep for the Braves. Finally, "JSoft" is shortstop Paul Janish, who in addition to "throwin that leather" also drove in pair of runs with a single.

Not all bobblehead giveaways inspire such cheer. Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson -- never a big fan of the spotlight -- was not impressed with the Dodgers' commemorative giveaway earlier this month. "I think it’s totally ridiculous … It’s not my style, to be honest with you," he told the Los Angeles Times. Gibson begrudgingly tipped his hat to appreciative Dodgers fans. The night wasn't a total loss for the bobblehead honoree, as Gibson's Diamondbacks won that game 8-2.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers have recovered nicely from whatever blowback they received from Gibson's bobblehead with their current #Fernandomania promotion.

Fernando took a beach day Tuesday. Today, he's a little bit further east! can you find El Toro? #Fernandomania twitter.com/Dodgers/status…

— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 16, 2012


The Dodgers have been giving away Fernando Valenzuela bobbleheads -- which are placed at various locations across Southern California -- to select followers of their @Dodgers Twitter account. The winners have to tweet photos of themselves with the bobblehead at its select location. Thursday, above, Fernando was hanging out in East L.A.

He was found in a matter of minutes:

Thanks to everyone that came out! #Fernandomanianever sleeps, but Fernando will be back out at 10am on Saturday! twitter.com/Dodgers/status…

— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 16, 2012


The search frustrated one Dodgers fan, the author of "GreenEggsandLam," Samuel Y. Lam (@SamuelYLam), who wrote that he missed out on finding Fernando, who was hiding in plain sight just 10 minutes away from his home, because he had recently moved to L.A., didn't know his own neighborhood and was unable to successfully Google Fernando's location. "I finally found out that I live 10 minutes from it. And because I am really dumb, I drove there, took a wrong turn and by the time I showed up, I was three minutes late. And since it’s a high traffic area, it was even tougher."

Try again Saturday.

If you see any offbeat sports links or catchy tweets that might be of interest to others, pass them along to me @billsperos or bsperos1@gmail.com.