LOS ANGELES -- The Freeway Series between the Angels and Dodgers will get an interesting dose of irony on Tuesday, when the Dodgers honor ex-catcher and current Angels skipper Mike Scioscia with his own bobblehead.
Scioscia is the Dodgers' all-time leader in games played at catcher (1,394) and won two World Series rings while with the club from 1980-92. But since the start of 2000, Scioscia has managed the team that resides 40 miles south, moving to the Angels organization after several years as a coach in the Dodgers organization.
"I don't why I was picked for a bobblehead," Scioscia said with a wry smile, "but it's a great honor. It's pretty cool. I had an incredible opportunity to play with a great organization, and to get recognized with a bobblehead, I guess, is the soup d'jour. So it's pretty cool."
Scioscia may have been looking to say "icing on the cake," or something to that effect.
His bobblehead, which will be distributed on Tuesday, depicts a younger version in full catcher's gear. Scioscia's wife has already asked for extra copies.
"I don't know what she's going to do with them, but ..." Scioscia said, shrugging his shoulders.
Torii Hunter had some laughs with it pregame, making fun of the bobblehead on camera without noticing Scioscia was seated right behind him listening to it.
"You still want to bat second?" the Angels' skipper playfully asked his right fielder.