Dave Kaval being a “walking, talking bobblehead” won’t just be a memorable quote. Thanks to legendary A’s fan/bobblehead creator Robb Roberts, it could be taking part in the festivities during the ‘We Are Here!’ Reverse Boycott organized by A’s fans Tuesday night.
Former A’s senior director of corporate sponsorships Steve Pastorino provided a memorable soundbite during last week’s Nevada senate meeting on Senate Bill 1 (SB1), the A’s proposed ballpark plan. After seeing A’s president Dave Kaval – his former co-worker – fumble in an exchange with Sen. Fabian Doñate about tax exemptions, Pastorino unloaded on the A’s front office in a passionate public comment later in the session.
Sen. Fabian Doñate just cornered Dave Kaval, who wouldn’t commit to the A’s paying the Live Entertainment Tax for the stadium.
Appreciate the follow-up questions from Doñate after the deflections pic.twitter.com/6J02DNGTY9
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Considering it’s the only time we’ve heard from A’s brass throughout this entire ordeal – owner John Fisher hasn’t been present – the franchise remains shielded to the public.
It’s worth noting that Kaval is trying to align the A’s with the Raiders and Golden Knights, who are exempt from paying collected taxes on tickets to their home games. Still, he appeared to be a squirrely politician trying to avoid Doñate’s direct line of questioning. On top of all the two-faced lies he has told throughout his tenure the past few years.
Hence the famed “walking, talking bobblehead” line from Pastorino.
Roberts is an absolute master at his craft in creating bobbleheads, as he has launched a brand called 33 Customs to showcase his work. A master collector of A’s bobbleheads and memorabilia, his personal collection doubles as a museum of sorts.
You can usually find Roberts in the left-field bleachers with the Last Dive Bar crew, as he’s the creator of those epic Bash Brothers arms you may have seen.
For his latest project, he’s going to mold a 3D printing of Kaval’s head to a 14-inch, walking robot and fit it with a speaker. And he plans to have it ready for Tuesday night’s Reverse Boycott.
“Hell yes I am,” he DM’d me on Monday night.
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Most recently, Roberts wowed A’s legend Dave Stewart with an immaculate bobblehead with supreme details. He has also presented A’s legend Terry Steinbach with a custom, along with Oakland rap legend Too Short.
Oakland hasn’t produced a stadium giveaway bobblehead featuring a player since Ramon Laureano’s laser arm in Sept. 2019. The franchise has rebuffed efforts from Roberts to make player bobbleheads in recent years, even though he has offered detailed plans and designs.
If he pulls it off the walking, talking Kaval by Tuesday evening, it better get all the publicity it deserves.
“😂 I’ll be up early finishing it” Roberts wrote.
To hear more from Pastorino check out our new podcast with him from Monday night: