When the Oakland Athletics announced they were going to be giving away a Coco Crisp 'Bernie Lean' bobblehead (or bobblewaist in this case), it was met with so much fanfare that they had to increase their order from 10,000 to 15,000 units.
The leanin' figurine is a tribute to the appropriately titled song, 'Bernie Lean' by Southern California-based rappers ATM and IMD. Last season, Crisp started stepping to plate to their song and the dance became one of the hallmarks of the A's late-season run that ended in an American League Division Title. Crisp and his teammates were even featured in a music video shot at the Oakland Coliseum with the rappers.
The first 15,000 fans in attendance for Saturday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals will get their hands on their own bobblehead, but Comcast SportsNet obtained an early prototype and we put it to the test. It is clear that Crisp and his bobblehead can Bernie Lean, but the question is how far? Using a protractor, it was determined that the Coco Lean Bobblehead maxes out around 130 degrees.
Technical Specs: -- According to the manufacturer of the bobblehead, BDA, Inc., the Coco Lean is made from a hand-made mold and each one is painted by hand.
-- This bobblehead is made of polyresin and it takes approximately 5,813 pounds of the plastic material to make 10,000 figurines. When the A's upped the order to 15,000 units, it upped the weight of polyresin used to 8,719 pounds.
-- BDA, Inc. uses 9.3 ounces of polyresin in each bobblehead on average, and they will be making 1.7 million bobbleheads in 2013.
Crisp is backing up the bobble-hype, with his play on the field. His 133 stolen bases with the A's rank him seventh on Oakland's all-time list, and his 87.5 stolen base percentage is the best in Athletics history. The Coco Lean Bobblehead is perhaps the most creative A's giveaways to date. When you're leaning in the crowd on Saturday with your own figurine, you can now do so with more facts than you've ever wanted.