Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wily Mo Pena Bobblehead

This bobblehead was given out to fans on June 8, 2005 when the Reds took on the Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays. I still miss Tampa Bay being called the Devil Rays...something about Devil making a team sound dark and sinister and we all need sinister teams in major league baseball. The Reds won this game in a slug fest and it was a fitting ending as Pena himself launched a two run homer in the bottom of the ninth to win the game for Cincinnati. Pena made his major league debut with the Reds on September 10, 2002 and singled in his first major league at-bat. During his stint in Cincinnati, Pena shared time in the outfield with Ken Griffey Jr., Adam Dunn and Austin Kearns. Pena was with the Reds until the spring of 2006 when he was shipped to Boston for Bronson Arroyo. Not a bad trade for the Reds if you ask me.


  1. I had moved away, but my sister went to that game and Willy Mo became her favorite player. Then they traded him...

    He did hit some of the longest shots I've ever seen.

    1. I was a little disappointed at the time when the Reds traded him, and would have been happy if they had traded Dunn instead, but with the offense they had at the time and no pitching it just made sense. Now I wish the Reds had a little more offense (at least consistent offense) than what they have now.