NBA star LeBron James with his son Bronny James, and his family were in town for the second game of a doubleheader between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Miami Marlins on Saturday night. Naturally, when the Dodgers played at Dodger Stadium, the King demonstrates his support for the club. Just a month after their tragic experience, the James Gang showed up to witness the action.
LeBron, Bronny, and Bryce James together at the Dodger game 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/fLmF4qhafj
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Fans were especially pleased to see Bronny doing well after his tragic heart attack last month. Bronny fainted on the court and had a cardiac arrest after a practice session with USC on July 24th. The tragedy shocked the basketball world, but the 18-year-old has made a complete comeback and is now well.
After such a traumatic happening at such a young age, James Jr. may not be in the best of spirits. Nonetheless, he decided to let off some fury by watching the Los Angeles Dodgers play the Miami Marlins at home.
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The visit overlapped with the Dodgers’ promotional giveaway of a LeBron James bobblehead that night. The bobblehead depicted James wearing a Los Angeles Dodgers basketball jersey while holding a basketball in his right hand and wearing a Lakers crown.
James did not participate in any pregame events, while Lakers fans participated in a trivia challenge before the game to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
What is ‘Bobblehead Night’?
Bobbleheads are among the most well-known and entertaining collectible figures. They have abnormally huge heads that bobble over their comparably diminutive bodies. The fan giveaway is a typical occurrence during the baseball season. Teams around the country attempt to entice and thank their followers for coming by giving a gift of some kind to the first thousands through the turnstiles.
But don’t expect your club to go through a season without a bobblehead giveaway—or even a couple of them.
For example, one of the more bobblehead-crazy clubs, the Los Angeles Dodgers, had 18 bobblehead freebies on their 2019 calendar, including one from legendary manager Tommy Lasorda. In recent decades, sports teams of various types have embraced the bobblehead as a fan freebie, although Major League Baseball was the first to produce them for its clubs.
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) November 24, 2015
“It’s almost like this night is dedicated to you,” Draymond Green of the GSW once said. “You see fans pouring in where the first 10,000 fans get this bobblehead. … They’re actually piling in this early.” Players described bobblehead nights as seeing their likenesses in a video game, a unique way to interact with fans who are fortunate enough to own the collector’s goods.