The Bowie Baysox are celebrating Christmas in July with “Manny Claus,” and you can too.
The first 1,000 fans over age 13 at Bowie’s July 24 game at Prince George’s Stadium will be given Manny Machado holiday bobblehead dolls.
Machado is wearing a Santa Claus suit and holding a candy cane bat. The Baysox have not said whether Machado posed for the bobblehead in person, so I am imagining that he did until I’m told otherwise. The Orioles are in Seattle on the 24th, so it's safe to say the person in the Santa suit will not actually be Machado.
Machado spent 109 games in Bowie in 2012, with a .266/.352/.438 with 11 home runs and 59 RBI before he joined the Orioles for the team’s playoff run.
He was a Platinum Glove third baseman in 2013 despite his knee injury, though this wonderfully bizarre promotion might be the highlight of his season so far.
Machado is batting coming off a five-hit day, and is batting .395 with four home runs in his last 10 games, though that streak was divided by a suspension for his bat-throwing incident that brought him scorn from across baseball.
So yes, probably one of the highlights of his season so far.
The Baysox are also holding raffles for fans that bring unwrapped toys for Louie’s Holiday Hope Project, so fans fortunate enough to receive the bobblehead can also do some good for children in the area come real Christmastime.
Of course, it’s a convenient date to have Christmas in July, but the Baysox might be onto something having Christmas in July on the 24th — five months ahead of Christmas Eve. It’s also the day the Ravens open training camp, which is a local holiday in its own right.