Photo by Jordan Megenhardt
By Greg Dillard
Since the start of the 2011 season, Ryan Roberts has captivated fans with his red-hot bat and highlight-reel defensive plays.
Whether it’s diving over the railing to haul in a foul ball or igniting a rally with a leadoff hit, Roberts has been a driving force behind the D-backs’ surge to the top of the division standings.
D-backs fans showed their enthusiastic support for Roberts by selecting him in the Fan Vote Bobblehead contest. Roberts’ bobblehead will be given to the first 15,000 fans in attendance for the D-backs game against the Giants on Sept. 24. The bobblehead will look very similar to Roberts himself, including an action pose and his well-liked tattoos.
In the online voting on dbacks.com, Roberts received the highest number of write-in votes from fans.
For Roberts, it’s an honor to have been voted in by the D-backs’ faithful.
“I want to say thank you to the fans for voting me the winner,” Roberts said. “It definitely means a lot to me. In this game, it is comforting to know you actually have people who recognize you and cheer for you. Winning a bobblehead solidifies the fact you actually have a fan base. I would also like to thank my teammates and coaches for helping me along the way. This honor is another of many memorable experiences I have had and hope to have as a D-back. I am definitely very appreciative.”
Receiving a bobblehead is just another highlight for Roberts this season. He has enjoyed a career year at the plate and has emerged as a mainstay in manager Kirk Gibson’s starting lineup. Through 55 games, he has set career highs in home runs with 10, stolen bases with nine and RBI with 27.
In addition to those impressive numbers, he is batting .257 with 48 hits, nine doubles and 35 runs.