Local bobbleheads are highlight of this year’s promotions schedule
First, St. John Neumann graduate Alize Johnson was drafted by the Indiana Pacers with the 50th overall pick last June. Then Crosscutter alum Steve Pearce earned an unlikely World Series MVP. A few months later, Loyalsock boys basketball coach Ron Insinger earned his 1,000th career victory against Hughesville. A couple weeks after that, Montoursville native Mike Mussina took up a permanent residence in Cooperstown at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
With so much local talent earning accolades and setting milestones in the last 12 months, the Williamsport Crosscutters saw an amazing opportunity to honor those Lycoming County icons and fill up the second oldest ballpark in the minor leagues.
All three of the local legends and a former Crosscutter will have their own bobblehead night sprinkled throughout the Cutters’ three-month season. In addition to those four, Director of Smiles Rhashan West-Bey will have his fourth annual bobblehead night and Lyco the Lumberjack, the mascot of the Lycoming County Visitors Bureau, will also have a bobblehead giveaway.
Johnson, Mussina and Insinger have all brought positive attention to the area and continue to give back through charitable work while all helping to better sports throughout the region. This gave the Crosscutters an opportunity recognize the three men that hardly look for the spotlight.
“We’re definitely excited about our local legends bobblehead series. That’s the No. 1 thing, six bobbleheads, all with a local tie-in,” Crosscutters Vice President of Marketing Gabe Sinicropi said. “We didn’t really set out to do it. As we were coming up with ideas and putting the promo schedule together we thought, ‘Oh, we should do a bobblehead of this and that. Then there’s this and then there’s that.’ All of a sudden, we have six local bobbleheads.
The Crosscutters will still have their bread-and-butter promotions like Military Appreciation night, Happy Hour and fireworks. They also added a “Field of Dreams” night with an appearance from one of the stars of the movie, Dwier Brown. But it’s the bobbleheads that will draw the most attention.
Pearce, who hit three home runs in the Red Sox’s 4-1 World Series triumph over the Los Angeles Dodgers in October, will be honored on June 16. He was a Crosscutter during the 2005 season when he batted .301 with seven home runs and 52 RBIs. Insinger will be honored a week later on June 23. Johnson, who’s now in Indiana getting ready for NBA Summer League, will be in town to see his likeness given out on July 6, and just days after being inducted into the Hall of Fame, Mussina’s bobblehead will be distributed on July 25.
This will be Johnson’s first bobblehead. Over a decade ago, the Cutters had a Mussina bobblehead giveaway in his Montoursville jersey. This time he’ll be in a Hall of Fame jersey.
“Alize was real excited obviously. It’s going to be his first bobblehead so it’s really cool. Some of the other people are so laid back and humble and they don’t know why we’re doing it. Somebody like CI, ‘Why would you wanna do that?’ There’s a 1,000-plus reasons why we want to do that. With Mike, obviously he’s got bobbleheads all over the place and accolades all over the place. But to finally be able to honor him locally, not only for the obvious of being inducted into the Hall of Fame, but overall for his great career.”
Mussina will also be on hand prior to the first pitch to sign autographs. A limited number of autograph tickets will be sold and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to two local charities.
After Johnson was drafted last June, a chain reaction seemed to be set off with monumental moments every couple of months for local legends. Now, the community will have an opportunity to congratulate them and thank them at Bowman Field.
“These things just kept on happening throughout the offseason and we felt we had to commemorate them some way,” Sinicropi said.