Yesterday, former major league shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt turned 33. While I am certainly not the only fan who maintains a love-hate relationship with Yuni, I like to think I’ve kept it up longer than most, for better or for worse (definitely for worse). My affinity for Yuni stems from his three-plus years as my beloved Mariners’ starting shortstop. As some of you know, we like to have fun with the @Mariners over on the Twitter machine. It’s pretty clearly the best MLB team Twitter account, and we enjoy interacting with them from time to time. However, I quickly learned the hard way that @Mariners can troll with the best of them.
In November of 2013, I purchased a 2008 Seattle Mariners Yuniesky Betancourt bobblehead on eBay. It was a ridiculous purchase, but my the desk in my dorm room was in need of another member; Cobra Bubbles and Count Chocula needed another running mate. And so, Bobblehead Yuni joined them.
my Yuni bobblehead can’t wait to find out what crazy shit the Mariners are about to do pic.twitter.com/ooAmpmZuvt
— Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) December 4, 2013
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsThat “crazy shit” turned out to be signing that Robinson Cano guy to a lot of years for a lot of money. That was pretty exciting! I began to trust Bobblehead Yuni to emotionally guide me through the dangerous hot stove season with that confident smile of his. For a while, this coping strategy worked like a charm. When the Mariners traded my irrationally beloved Carter Capps to Miami, Bobblehead Yuni was there for me. When the Mariners gave Corey Hart’s knees $6 million, Bobblehead Yuni was there for me. When the Mariners gave Willie Bloomquist a two-year deal, you’re god damn right Bobblehead Yuni was there for me. Suddenly, disaster struck. At some point over the first few weeks of my spring semester, Bobblehead Yuni mysteriously disappeared. I was horrified. What transpired over the next several months cannot be explained with words…but it can be explained with tweets. In honor of his birthday, here it is: the mysterious case of Bobblehead Yuni.
no but seriously my Yuniesky Betancourt bobblehead has gone missing and I’m 96% sure it came alive and is going to play 2B for the Yankees — Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) January 24, 2014
A year later, I still have no idea what happened to Bobblehead Yuni. His somber stand still sits on the shelf in my dorm room, eagerly awaiting his return. I don’t know if @Mariners really did steal Bobblehead Yuni, but if they did, at least I know he’s in safe hands. Thanks, @Mariners. You’re the best.
In June, 2015, we visited Safeco Field in Seattle and confronted @Mariners face to face. Justice was served.
reYUNIted and it feels so good pic.twitter.com/IbMDqvBGIW
— Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) June 7, 2015