Albert Belle Bicep-Point Bobblehead Is This Season’s Coolest MLB Giveaway [PHOTOS]

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From ill-fitting t-shirts to cheap hats, MLB teams sometimes crap the bed when it comes to the freebies. The Cleveland Indians avoided that fate with Saturday’s giveaway: the Albert Belle Bicep-Point Bobblehead.

For you youngsters, the story behind the bobblehead goes like this: During the epic Game 1 of the 1995 ALDS between the Red Sox and Indians, Boston manager Kevin Kennedy had umpires check Belle’s bat after the surly Tribe slugger had homered to re-tie the game in the 11th inning. Belle, who made Barry Bonds seem congenial, had been suspended the previous season for a corked bat.

After umpires took the bat, Belle glared across the diamond at Kennedy from the Cleveland dugout, pointed to his bicep and said: “Right here, (expletive).” Just like this:

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Saturday’s bobblehead giveaway commemorates the event. That’s a serious credit to Cleveland, because most MLB teams would shy away from a polarizing figure like Belle, and few would tribute his brashness.

If Prince Fielder wasn’t so damn happy all the time, he’d could have been a great modern day equivalent to Belle. For now, however, fans will just have to hang on to the bobblehead and reminisce. If there’s a better MLB giveaway out there this season, we haven’t seen it.

[UPDATE: already on eBay for $50]

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[H/T: Cleveland Scene]

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