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THE UNIQUENESS of
Kendall's likeness had fans lined up outside Oakland's McAfee Coliseum 12 hours
before game time last July 31, when 15,000 were given away. Collectors consider
the stubble-faced statuette a masterpiece of bobblehead art--it has a removable
catcher's mask--but Kendall's son, Kuyper, 2, doesn't exactly treasure his.
"My kid's gone through four," says Kendall. "One time I saw my head
rolling on the ground. [He] was throwing it, and the head broke off."
won 16 games in 2003, then teammate Al Leiter decided he deserved some
bobblehead love. The Mets agreed--to a point. Rather than honor him with a
bobblehead night the team commissioned limited-edition Trachsel dolls and gave
them to a row of fans during each of his home starts in '04. "In the first
[version], I think I was holding a bat," groused Trachsel, a career .167
hitter. He's more pleased with the final product, though he notes, "The
smile is wrong. I have more of a smirk."
BOBBLEHEAD day last June 4 came at a strange time. He hadn't played in nearly a
month because of a hand injury, and he'd just shorn his trademark blond locks.
"They made the hair medium length, and it was short [in real life],"
Wilson says. "And I was wearing a cast on my wrist, and they didn't have
that." Wilson isn't fond of his ceramic doppelg�nger. "I think it's
still in the garage. In the box too. I'm an ugly dude, and they didn't do
anything to make me look better."
*Players rated their bobbleheads on a 1-to-4 scale with 4 being the best