Bobblection 2012 Is BackAugust 10, 2012 - New York-Penn League (NYPL) Hudson Valley Renegades
The Hudson Valley Renegades ownership group, The Goldklang Group, now recognized as a national barometer for presidential election outcomes, is at it again as BOBBLECTIONâ¢ 2012 comes to Dutchess Stadium on Aug. 28.
Now we'll see if the 2012 promotion is as accurate.
The bobbles, only a tad stiffer than their human counterparts, will plead their case to be crowned BOBBLECTIONâ¢ 2012 winners, thereby making it easier for those who make big money predicting the presidential outcome.
From August 6-30, fans will cast their votes in 10 different ballpark polls as part of BOBBLECTIONâ¢ 2012. This year's event features the largest polling sample to date as the five Goldklang Group teams (Charleston RiverDogs, Ft. Myers Miracle, Hudson Valley Renegades, Pittsfield Suns and St. Paul Saints) will be joined by the Asheville Tourists, Hickory Crawdads, and Lakewood BlueClaws of the South Atlantic League along with the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks and the Lincoln Saltdogs of the American Association.
Fans' bobblehead choices will help national pollsters gain a feel for each state's electorate. In addition, the website www.bobblection.com has been launched to follow and track all polling.
"The Bobblectionâ¢ is an event we look forward to hosting every four years along side with our sister teams across the country," said Renegades General Manager Eben Yager. "To have this promotion spread across the baseball industry is awesome as we're excited to see this year's polls & fan participation."
For the Renegades, this year's BOBBLECTIONâ¢ allows the first 1,000 fans through the gate for the Aug. 28 game against the Brooklyn Cyclones, to receive a bobblehead of either presumed Republican candidate Mitt Romney or Democratic candidate President Barack Obama. The bobblehead of the fans' chosen candidate will be handed to each fan until one candidate's bobbles run out. The first of the candidates to run out of all 500 bobbleheads will be declared the winner for the Hudson Valley polling place.
The previous two presidential elections have been correctly predicted both locally in the Hudson Valley as well as on the national scale of the BOBBLECTIONâ¢ promotion.
In the Hudson Valley in 2008, President Barack Obama soundly defeated Senator John McCain. Obama supporters first reached the 500 mark for their bobbleheads and got 52.3 percent of the vote while McCain fans were at 360. The national BOBBLECTIONâ¢ results also proved prophetic as Obama got 51.3 percent in Charleston while securing 58.1 percent in Brockton, Mass. and compared to only 42 percent in St. Paul. Obama got 55.2 percent in Sioux Falls and only 45.6 percent at Fort Myers.
In 2004, President George W. Bush won a narrow victory over Sen. John Kerry in the U.S. Presidential Election. National polls varied widely in the weeks leading up to the election as media outlets scrambled to predict which candidate would win.
One poll, taken three months prior to the election, would ultimately prove both predictive and the most fun to execute.
The Goldklang Group's BOBBLECTIONâ¢ that was held on August 2, 2004, allowed fans arriving at the park to cast votes by choosing a bobblehead doll with either Bush or Kerry's likeness. It was the first organized promotion of its kind and left pollsters asking the question if bobbleheads are the answer to the nation's election problems.
As it turned out, Bush won in four of the seven participating ballparks in 2004, and the election.
When asked if they were excited for this year's BOBBLECTIONâ¢, both candidates' bobbles nodded in agreement.
Tickets for the August 28 game are now on sale at 845-838-0094 or online at hvrenegades.com.
The schedule is as follows:
Aug. 6: Pittsfield (Massachusetts) Suns
Aug. 11: Hickory (North Carolina) Crawdads
Aug. 18: Asheville (North Carolina) Tourists
Aug. 21: Lakewood (New Jersey) BlueClaws, Lincoln (Nebraska) Saltdogs
Aug. 27: St. Paul (Minnesota) Saints
Aug. 28: Charleston (South Carolina) RiverDogs, Fargo-Moorhead (North Dakota) Redhawks, Hudson Valley (New York) Renegades
Aug. 30: Ft. Myers (Florida) Miracle
New York-Penn League Stories from August 10, 2012
- Renegades See Six-Game Run End, No Comeback This Time - Hudson Valley Renegades
- Spikes Take Advantage of Doubledays' Miscues - State College Spikes
- Betts Keys Win with Bat, Defense; 9-5 - Lowell Spinners
- Herbst Helps Birds Complete Comeback - Aberdeen IronBirds
- Brooklyn Beats Lake Monsters In Pitchers Duel 1-0 On Friday - Vermont Lake Monsters
- Aberdeen Eighth Inning Leads to Win - Connecticut Tigers
- State College Spikes Game Notes - August 10 at Auburn - State College Spikes
- Bobblection 2012 Is Back - Hudson Valley Renegades
- Doubledays Trample Spikes, 5-3 - Auburn Doubledays
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.