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Dodgers' first Shohei Ohtani bobblehead giveaway creates 'a stir' and snarls stadium traffic

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Dodgers' first Shohei Ohtani bobblehead giveaway creates 'a stir' and snarls stadium traffic
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Dodgers' first Shohei Ohtani bobblehead giveaway creates 'a stir' and snarls stadium traffic

2024-05-17 08:57 Last Updated At:09:00

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first Shohei Ohtani bobblehead giveaway of the season snarled traffic outside Dodger Stadium on Thursday and created long lines of eager fans.

Cars snaked the roadways around Chavez Ravine and stadium parking lots were filling up quickly two hours before the Dodgers hosted Cincinnati in a city known for fans showing up late and leaving early. A line of fans waited on the sidewalk outside the main gate before it opened.

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Bobbleheads of Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani are given to fans before a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first Shohei Ohtani bobblehead giveaway of the season snarled traffic outside Dodger Stadium on Thursday and created long lines of eager fans.

Los Angeles Dodgers fans wear Shohei Ohtani shirts as players workout before a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Los Angeles Dodgers fans wear Shohei Ohtani shirts as players workout before a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Bobbleheads of Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani are given to fans before a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Bobbleheads of Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani are given to fans before a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Fans carry bobbleheads of Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani before a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Fans carry bobbleheads of Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani before a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Fans carry bobbleheads of Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani before a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Fans carry bobbleheads of Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani before a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Fans carry bobbleheads of Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani before a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Fans carry bobbleheads of Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani before a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Bobbleheads of Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani are given to fans before a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Bobbleheads of Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani are given to fans before a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

“Shohei creates a stir,” manager Dave Roberts said before the game. “I can't imagine what it's like outside. It's great for Shohei and it's good for the Dodgers.”

Only the first 40,000 fans were to receive the bobblehead, which depicts a smiling Ohtani with his bat perched above his left shoulder. The box's design features Japanese anime.

“It's going to be a hot ticket item,” Roberts said. “The more I see him every day the more I realize how special of a person and a ballplayer he is.”

On eBay, the Ohtani giveaway was being offered for $150 and up with sellers advertising it as new in the box.

As a surprise, 1,700 road gray jersey bobbleheads were randomly mixed in with the giveaway. One was listed for $999.99 on eBay.

Game tickets were going from $168 to $388 with fees included on Stubhub.

Roberts and the rest of the Dodgers didn't need to worry about getting their hands on the souvenir. Boxes were set in each player's locker before the game.

“I get one for each bobblehead night,” Roberts said, “so I've got quite the collection.”

The Dodgers have scheduled three other Ohtani giveaways this season to mark his first year with the team after spending six seasons in Anaheim with the Angels. They will offer a hat, a second bobblehead and a shirt.

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Bobbleheads of Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani are given to fans before a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Bobbleheads of Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani are given to fans before a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Los Angeles Dodgers fans wear Shohei Ohtani shirts as players workout before a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Los Angeles Dodgers fans wear Shohei Ohtani shirts as players workout before a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Bobbleheads of Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani are given to fans before a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Bobbleheads of Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani are given to fans before a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Fans carry bobbleheads of Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani before a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Fans carry bobbleheads of Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani before a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Fans carry bobbleheads of Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani before a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Fans carry bobbleheads of Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani before a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Fans carry bobbleheads of Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani before a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Fans carry bobbleheads of Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani before a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Bobbleheads of Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani are given to fans before a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Bobbleheads of Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani are given to fans before a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

TORONTO (AP) — Sam Surridge scored his second goal of the game in the 90th minute as Nashville beat Toronto 2-1 on Wednesday night for its first come-from-behind victory of the season.

Nashville (5-5-8) has lost just one of its last six games since a 2-0 win over Toronto on May 15.

Toronto (7-9-3) is winless in its last five league outings and has won just one of its last eight.

Tyler Boyd set up the game-winning goal by cutting through the defense and sending a cross for Surridge to knock home with a backheel finish for his seventh goal of the season.

Surridge tied it at 1-all in the 65th by curling a shot inside the far post.

Alonso Coello scored his first career MLS goal to give Toronto the lead in the 34th. Federico Bernardeschi, returning from suspension, kept the ball in play along the endline and sent a pass to a wide open Coello at the top of the box for a one-touch finish.

Bernardeschi had a chance to score in the 31st but he slipped on a penalty kick, sending the ball over the crossbar. It was Bernardeschi’s third penalty miss of the season.

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Toronto FC forward Lorenzo Insigne (24) moves the ball against Nashville SC defender Josh Bauer (22) during the first half of a MLS soccer game in Toronto, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto FC forward Lorenzo Insigne (24) moves the ball against Nashville SC defender Josh Bauer (22) during the first half of a MLS soccer game in Toronto, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto FC forward Federico Bernardeschi (10) slips on a penalty kick against Nashville SC during the first half of a MLS soccer game in Toronto, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto FC forward Federico Bernardeschi (10) slips on a penalty kick against Nashville SC during the first half of a MLS soccer game in Toronto, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto FC forward Lorenzo Insigne (24) moves the ball against Nashville SC defender Josh Bauer (22) during the first half of a MLS soccer game in Toronto, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto FC forward Lorenzo Insigne (24) moves the ball against Nashville SC defender Josh Bauer (22) during the first half of a MLS soccer game in Toronto, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)

Nashville SC forward Sam Surridge (9) celebrates his team's win against Toronto FC with teammate Jack Maher following a MLS soccer game in Toronto, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)

Nashville SC forward Sam Surridge (9) celebrates his team's win against Toronto FC with teammate Jack Maher following a MLS soccer game in Toronto, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)

Nashville SC defender Daniel Lovitz (2) battles for the ball with Toronto FC forward Federico Bernardeschi (10) during the second half of an MLS soccer game in Toronto, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)

Nashville SC defender Daniel Lovitz (2) battles for the ball with Toronto FC forward Federico Bernardeschi (10) during the second half of an MLS soccer game in Toronto, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)

Nashville SC defender Daniel Lovitz (2) battles for the ball with Toronto FC forward Federico Bernardeschi (10) during the second half of an MLS soccer game in Toronto, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)

Nashville SC defender Daniel Lovitz (2) battles for the ball with Toronto FC forward Federico Bernardeschi (10) during the second half of an MLS soccer game in Toronto, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)

Nashville SC defender Brent Kallman (44) and goalkeeper Joe Willis (1) celebrate defeating Toronto FC in a MLS soccer game in Toronto, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)

Nashville SC defender Brent Kallman (44) and goalkeeper Joe Willis (1) celebrate defeating Toronto FC in a MLS soccer game in Toronto, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)

Nashville SC midfielder Sean Davis (54), goalkeeper Joe Willis (1), and defender Brent Kallman (44) celebrate defeating Toronto FC in a MLS soccer game in Toronto, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)

Nashville SC midfielder Sean Davis (54), goalkeeper Joe Willis (1), and defender Brent Kallman (44) celebrate defeating Toronto FC in a MLS soccer game in Toronto, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)

Nashville SC forward Sam Surridge (9) celebrates his team's win against Toronto FC with teammate Daniel Lovitz (2) following a MLS soccer game in Toronto, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)

Nashville SC forward Sam Surridge (9) celebrates his team's win against Toronto FC with teammate Daniel Lovitz (2) following a MLS soccer game in Toronto, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)

Nashville SC forward Sam Surridge, second right, celebrates his team's win against Toronto FC with teammates Sean Davis (54) and Brent Kallman (44) following an MLS soccer game in Toronto, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)

Nashville SC forward Sam Surridge, second right, celebrates his team's win against Toronto FC with teammates Sean Davis (54) and Brent Kallman (44) following an MLS soccer game in Toronto, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)

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