One gets the distinct impression that Kerith Gabriel at Philly.com doesn’t approve of Red Sox owner John Henry’s wedding that took place at Fenway Park this past weekend. As if gritting his teeth, Gabriel takes umbrance with everything from the age of the groom and the bride (“[Henry has a big head]. We suppose you would too if, at 60, you were worth millions and just married someone 30 years your junior.”), but it is the wedding gifts for those in attendance that seem to raise the most ire of Gabriel, hence the “big head” reference. Gabriel writes:
As if handing out framed photos of himself and new wife Linda Pizzuti standing in front of the Green Monster or with the Sox' World Series trophies wasn't enough, Henry decided to take it to the next level by presenting bobblehead dolls to the 450 "close friends" at the couple's reception at Fenway Park this past weekend.
Gabriel then goes on to say that those in attendance, “including Theo Epstein, famed motion picture filmmakers the Farrelly Brothers, MLB commish Bud Selig and the couple's wedding band, Maroon 5” found the bobbleheads to not be a hit, with many being left behind.
Henry making bobbleheads of himself as a gift? How pretentious. Did it happen? According to Henry, no.
The Red Sox majority owner wrote via Twitter, “Instructive how a completely false story in one paper spreads.”
Reached for comment, Henry said, “Tom Werner had two dozen bobbleheads made up as a joke for those toasting at rehearsal and people received their own photos - not ours!”
Maybe Gabriel can round up some of those photos handed out, or get someone on record, or get pictures from someone in attendance... when he’s not gnashing teeth over Henry’s wedding. One might guess that he’s certainly no Red Sox fan.
The bobblehead in question
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