THE ACE, who loves
that his bobblehead is topped with his signature crooked cap, tries to keep his
dolls from his son, Carsten Charles III, who's two. "[He] breaks them,"
Sabathia says. "He plays with them like they're action figures." He's
not alone: Just-traded closer Bob Wickman says his toddler, Ethan, snapped the
arm off his mini C.C. too. Sabathia keeps cases of his bobbleheads safely in
his mother's garage. But the doll in his locker? One of ex-teammate Coco
White Sox first baseman
bobblehead my waistline is bigger than my shoulders," gripes the three-time
All-Star. "I hope it's not true, but it might be." Body proportions
aside, the 6'2", 220-pound slugger admires his bobblehead's goatee and
feels bad about the treatment it got from the Indians' mascot, Slider.
"When we were in Cleveland last year, their mascot used it in a skit on the
scoreboard," he says. "It ended with him taking a sledgehammer to my
own any of his bobbleheads, but his family went crazy for them. "Everybody
said, 'Can I keep one? Can I keep one?'" he says. "My cousin's kids, my
sister. Everyone in the family [has] them." Though he says the doll looks
like him, he believes the skin color is off--"The face was a little
light"--and wishes the bobblehead reflected his fluid pitching delivery.
"I would use more of my mechanics," he says. "That would identify
their bobbleheads on a 1-to-4 scale with 4 being the best.