Giveaway Review: Jordan Zimmermann No-Hitter Bobblehead (Grade: A)

The first 25,000 fans who entered Nationals Park on Friday received the final “great moment in Nationals history” bobblehead featuring Jordan Zimmermann celebrating his 2014 no-hitter.

The evening took on an added level of significance because it is widely expected that Zimmermann will become a free agent during the offseason and sign with a different team.  Friday night was likely his last home start for the Nationals.

Even though the Nationals were teetering just two games from elimination, 31,019 fans showed up on a rainy evening to cheer on their beloved pitcher one more time and claim a bobblehead.

Fans appreciated the significance of the evening and enthusiastically Tweeted photos of the giveaway.

The familiar red bobblehead box depicts Zimmermann standing on the grass with his arms in the air as he celebrates the final out of the September 28, 2014 no-hitter.  The box, like the other 10-year anniversary bobbleheads, also has a short description of the moment.

“With the National League East title already clinched and home field advantage in the NL postseason securely in tow, the Nationals entered the final day of the regular season looking to get their work in and salute the nearly 2.6 million fans who watched them play over the course of the year.  But Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann had bigger plans.  Along with catcher, Wilson Ramos, Zimmermann stayed on the field for all 27 outs that day, completing the finest pitching performance of his career and the first no-hitter by a member of the Nationals.  As left fielder Steven Souzza Jr. secured the final out of the afternoon with an incredible diving catch, Zimmermann raised his arms skyward celebrating one of the greatest moments in team history.”

The bobblehead portrays that moment.  Zimmermann stands on a grassy platform in his home red jersey and white pants with his arms stretched to the sky.  A photograph of a crowd on its feet and Danny Espinosa watching the catch makes up the background of the bobblehead stand.  The back of the gray bobblehead stand says, “2015 Nationals 10th Anniversary” and “NO-HITTER 9.28.14.”

The night seemingly celebrated much more than the no-hitter.  A video montage featuring his first game in 2009 with the Nationals also played on NATSHD.

Unfortunately, hopes of another no-hitter were dashed after just 1.1 innings and he was tagged with the loss after he was unceremoniously lifted from the game for a pinch hitter.  Many seemed bothered that their wasn’t a more fitting close to his potential last game with the Nationals.

Fans, however, will always carry the memory of his incredible game and will have the bobblehead as a constant reminder of the time the normally reserved pitcher from Auburndale, Wisconsin pitched the greatest game of his career.

Grade: A

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