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UPDATE: It was a misunderstanding; the Roy Halladay bobblehead catastrophe has been fixed

May 24, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

UPDATE:  The Roy Halladay bobblehead travesty has been explained and corrected!  It seems that the wrong photo — from some early messed-up prototype — was used. Now:

11:33 AM: And no, I’m not talking about the poor likeness of him.  Look at this for a bit and tell me if you find something amiss:


Answers in the comments please.

(hat tip to Zoo With Roy)

  1. m22pank - May 24, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Anyone crying “balk” needs to go back and try again…get out your rule books and read. If this were a left-handed pitcher lifting his plant leg is completely legal as long as it comes down behind the rubber, clearing it and thus making him a fielder at that point. Think before you talk…

    As for the makers of this bobble head…you all need to go back and try again…horrendous…Think before you…er…construct?

    • delawarephilliesfan - May 24, 2012 at 12:59 PM

      Okay first of all – I am reporting you to the fun police – people yelling “Balk” are having fun with this. Lighten up, Francis!

      But back to the balk, look again and try this at home. If that is his plant leg that he is lifting, then he is lookign back at 2nd base. How is he lifting that plant leg without ever so slightly moving his weight toward home? That is a balk.

      Stand up and try it yourself, you will lean back a little, which in this instance, would be towards home

      • cur68 - May 24, 2012 at 1:14 PM

        delaware FTW.

      • m22pank - May 24, 2012 at 1:34 PM

        I have tried it…in a college baseball game…sorry to say it is not a balk…because you are lifting your leg in order to clear the rubber it doesn’t matter if you lean forward…picking up your foot at all no matter how far you pick it, up is still going to shift your weight forward. Once again, read the rule book before you try and tell everyone what is or isn’t a rule…and people that yell out balk for no reason show their ignorance of the game and have obviously never pitched an inning of there life, if they even played the game…

      • delawarephilliesfan - May 24, 2012 at 1:40 PM

        Again, lighten up Francis.

        I am not “telling” anyone anything other than when i did it just now, my weight shifted slightly back, which would be towards home. If you can do it without flinching home, God Bless you.

      • m22pank - May 24, 2012 at 1:49 PM

        It doesn’t matter if you “flinch home” as long as the first movement is with your back foot…I understand what you are saying, but the first movement is what you need to be aware of…

      • istillbelieveinblue - May 24, 2012 at 2:54 PM

        You get a gold star for working a line from Stripes into a comment on a baseball blog. Well done.

      • b7p19 - May 24, 2012 at 2:58 PM

        He’s right it’s not a balk. He’s also being way too anal about the situation. Also, 22, if you lifted your leg that high to step off the rubber in a college baseball game I can only assume you played at a D8 clown college or Hamburger U.

      • m22pank - May 24, 2012 at 3:25 PM

        Be careful about the clown college comment…it was small D3, but it’s still a higher level then a lot of other people get to and I am proud of it. And if your going to throw any “clown” accusations out there, give it to the clown that got picked off when a teammate did that move. Pretty hillarious actually, everything looked like he was going home except for the back leg pick up and the clown took off for second…thanks for the out big guy.

        And yes I agree I got too excited about it, I was stressed out earlier this morning. I do have a pet peeve about the useless “balk” yelling, and booing of pick off moves, because I do feel it shows some ignorance toward the game, and as a coach it makes it tough to teach kids that using pick off moves (even multiple times before a pitch) is an effective tool for controlling the running game.

  2. b7p19 - May 24, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    His head is too big for his body?

  3. wifan2102 - May 24, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Doc throws right handed.

    • mianfr - May 24, 2012 at 1:00 PM

      Doc a’int no crafty lefty.

  4. goawaydog - May 24, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    that bobble head is going to be worth a lot on Ebay!

  5. sjhaack - May 24, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Big Roy doesn’t bend the brim of his cap nearly that much. What a glaring oversight!

  6. Utley's Hair - May 24, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    His undershirt sleeves are too long, duh…

  7. Jeremy Fox - May 24, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    I think I see why Halladay’s been struggling a bit lately.

  8. foreverchipper10 - May 24, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    The best part about this is how these are going to become hot collector’s items because of the impressive screw-up.

  9. gyrfalcon777 - May 24, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Yep wifan2102, Doc’s a rightie not a south paw.

  10. slavetothetrafficlight - May 24, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Come on y’all! Doc worked on this all winter in Clearwater in the hopes that Antonio Bastardo would never again inherit one of his games.

  11. hansob - May 24, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    I would hope he doesn’t actually have a chin strap beard.

  12. crazy8sportscardbreaks - May 24, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    He thought he was Pat Venditte?

    Either way, it was corrected as seen here:

  13. OchentaYcinco - May 24, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    The Phillies wear red cleats. That was easy, what’s my prize?

  14. DJ MC - May 24, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    First of all, he’s clearly testing out a new, Nomo- or Tiant-esque motion. Nothing to be alarmed about.

    Second, does this go ahead or behind Black Brian Roberts in the pantheon of awful bobbleheads?

  15. kdrcap - May 24, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    This is Doc’s pre-game warm-up yoga pose – perfectly legal.

  16. delawarephilliesfan - May 24, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Yes, but does the head bobble in the “fixed” version?

    I don’t think I trust this contractor……

  17. thomas655 - May 24, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    It is a simple answer, he is smiling. No one on the Phillies is smiling these days.

  18. Utley's Hair - May 24, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Well, his undershirt sleeves are still too long. So there.

  19. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 24, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Is that Billy Bob Thornton?

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