One Extremely Limited Edition Lohse Bobblehead
This Sunday, May 11, the Brewers take on the New York Yankees at 1:10pm and all-fans in attendance will receive our second all-fan giveaway of the season: the Kyle Lohse bobblehead, presented by Toyota.
The bobblehead is posed in his windup and features Lohse’s signature goatee…but not his signature tattoo, as he and his teammates were quick to point out.
Kyle Lohse has a large, distinctive tattoo that runs the length of right forearm up to his elbow, the site of a scar he has from forearm surgery he had in 2010.
Kyle told me that the feathered wing represents “a prayer for power and health,” while the baseball peeling back to reveal a globe underneath it is to remind him “that there is more to life than baseball.”
And so, while none of the Brewers bobbleheads feature any tattoos (for numerous reasons, as I am sure you can understand), this felt like a special case.
So, I enlisted the help of our extremely talented Senior Graphic Designer, Jeff Harding.
“So, ah, Jeff…how hard do you think it would be to draw a tattoo on a bobblehead?” I asked him casually.
“Pretty difficult,” he said. And, knowing me very well after working together for over six years, he followed that up with a suspicious look and a, “Why…what are you thinking?”
And so I explained.
“I’d need a photo of the tattoo,” he countered.
I showed him the photo I had already taken.
Jeff shook his head in defeat. “Okay, but no promises,” he warned.
But boy, did he deliver:
When I presented Kyle with the bobble today, I think he was pretty stoked:
He showed it to a couple of the other guys who thought it was a sticker. Nope. That’s ink, mirroring Kyle’s.
And sorry fans, that’s a special 1/1 limited edition bobble. All of the others to be given away this Sunday feature Kyle in his home white jersey.
By the way, for those of you scoring at home: This is the first bobblehead of Kyle’s career. Yes, the World Series Champion who was drafted in 1996, made his Major League debut in 2001, and has played in six Major League organizations has never before been immortalized in bobble form.
“I guess I finally made it,” he told me with a smile.