Couldn’t resist this minor league giveaway: The Lancaster JetHawks, a Boston Red Sox affiliate, gave out “Big Poppy” bobblehead dolls on Saturday. That’s right, the doll looks like David “Big Papi” Ortiz, but has a big orange “poppy” flower for a face.
The poppy is the California state flower. It blooms in the Lancaster area in the spring, and if the weather conditions are just right, the brown desert hills burst with color and look like they’re on fire. I know, I used to cover the city of Lancaster for the LA Daily News, long before the city had a minor league baseball team.