Originally posted on Big League Stew  |  Last updated 1/20/12
Bobbleheads can be tricky. There's a science and an art to getting the doll to look like the player. Sometimes, the bobblehead engineers succeed. Sometimes they fail. Sometimes ... Take the bobblehead issued by the San Francisco Giants for popular relief pitcher Sergio Romo, scheduled to be given away at AT&T Park on May 5. The overall likeness isn't bad. Designers obviously paid attention to Romo's beard, the key component. Hair covers his jowls perfectly. The eyes and shape of the nose are close enough. The ears (the one we can see) ... seem OK. It sticks out enough. But the skin tone, eh ... how can this be put delicately? Romo just isn't that dark. Now, there's nothing wrong with black skin. It's beautiful, as the saying goes. But doll and reality don't match, and Romo's bobblehead comes out looking like former major league star Luis Tiant. Not that there's anything wrong with looking like Tiant, either. If I were a 71-year-old balding Cuban ace, I'd want to look like El Tiante.
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