It's time for a top five list!
The new year is a time for recaps - in this case, a recap of bobbleheads from the past year in the New York area. The only teams that actually gave out bobbleheads were the Yankees, Mets, Devils, Islanders and Nets. Unfortunately the Knicks, Rangers, Giants and Jets did not give out bobbleheads, but maybe that will change in the future.
Without further adieu, here's the ranking!
5. 1986 Mets World Series Bobblehead: Jesse Orosco celebrating the final pitch in the World Series. This bobble is nostalgic and was a fan favorite at the stadium. Within an hour of gates opening these were all gone.
4. Yankees Masahiro Tanaka Bobblehead: This bobblehead is just well constructed and timely. Some bobbles (see Mark Teixeira Yankees) are built sideways or need to be attached to their base (Mariano Rivera). This one faces forward, looks like Tanaka and came at a time when Tanaka was the undisputed ace and fan favorite.
3. Joe Johnson Brooklyn Nets Bobblehead - this one is underrated and unique. Johnson has a basketball attached to his hand with a spring that gives this bobblehead, dare I say, a bobbleball? Really cool concept - high marks for creativity!
2. Brook Lopez Star Wars Brooklyn Nets Bobblehead - This one is just plain awesome for obvious reasons.
1. NY Mets Jacob deGrom Garden Gnome: aka Jacob deGnome, this is hopefully the start of more gnomes given out in the NYC area. It sells on eBay for almost $100 and is getting increasingly rare. The flowing locks, cool shades and gnome hat are just plain awesome. The Mets are following up the deGnome with the Noah Syndergaard "Syndergaaren gnome" you can get one here at bobblesandgnomes.com!
Looking forward to this year's new crop of bobbleheads - sound off in the comments!