Myrtle Beach Pelicans unveil Bote McBoatface bobblehead

First 1,000 fans on July 13 will receive bobblehead commemorating David Bote's Championship Series MVP award in 2016.

By Noah Cloonan / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | March 28, 2019 4:03 PM

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (March 28, 2019) - Playing off the Cubs star who spectacularly burst onto the Wrigley scene in 2018 and the aptly-named internet sensation, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, in association with Boaty McBoatface™, are giving away a David "Bote McBoatface" bobblehead to the first 1,000 fans on Saturday, July 13 as a part of Cubs-A-Palooza at Field at Pelicans Ballpark. The bobblehead giveaway is brought to you by WMBF, 106.5 Nash FM and The Sun News.

David Bote , the Cubs 18th-round pick in the 2012 MLB draft and former Pelican, made his major league debut on April 21, 2018 and rose to national stardom with Chicago. He had a flare for the dramatic, hitting a pair of walk-off homers on the season, including a pinch-hit, walk-off grand slam on August 12 against the Washington Nationals to give the Cubs a 4-3 win. 

Bote was a member of the 2016 Pelicans and, in 72 games for Myrtle Beach, he hit .337/.410/.518 with six home runs and 41 RBIs. The power-hitting infielder was named the Carolina League Championship Series MVP after he helped the Birds win the Mills Cup Championship, the Pelicans second-straight Carolina League title. Though he had success at the lower levels of the minor leagues, he was never dubbed a "top prospect" for the Cubs, so his overachievement with the Northsiders quickly made him a fan favorite. 

His success with Chicago sent social media into a frenzy, prompting some to call Bote "Bote McBoatface", playing off his last name and the popular 2016 research vessel internet naming contest.  

When the National Environmental Research Council allowed the public to vote on a name for the United Kingdom's newest vessel, an online poll decided on "Boaty McBoatface" as the winning entry and the contest received worldwide attention. The NERC eventually overruled the naming of the ship and instead named it after Sir David Attenborough.

For the third-straight season, the Pelicans will host Cubs-A-Palooza on Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13. The weekend will kick off with an appearance from baseball-legend Lou Piniella on Friday courtesy of WMBF and Mix 97.7 and will conclude with the "Bote McBoatface" bobblehead giveaway. A limited amount of all-inclusive Cubs-A-Palooza packages are on sale now and available for purchase here or by calling the Pelicans Front Office at 843-918-6000.

The Pelicans' 2019 season kicks off on April 4 against the Lynchburg Hillcats. Season tickets are available now. For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call 843-918-6000.

Boaty McBoatface™ 2016, © 2018. Global rights holder Bambino Media Ltd, UK. All rights reserved.


ABOUT THE PELICANS: The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs and play their home games at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Since being acquired by a group led by Chuck Greenberg during the 2006 season, the Pelicans have repeatedly set team attendance records and become known as one of Minor League Baseball's most innovative and creative franchises. The team and its employees have been dedicated to making a difference in the Myrtle Beach community, specifically giving back over $2 million in donations, fundraising proceeds, in-kind services and community service since launching the Pelicans Play It Forward Community Initiative in 2013. TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark has ranked in the top eight in all of Minor League Baseball by Stadium Journey in six of the last seven seasons. The same publication also placed the Pelicans in the Top 100 Stadium Experiences and the best in the Carolina League for six of the past seven seasons. In June 2017, the Pelicans won the 2017 Certificate of Excellence award. On the field, the team has won four Mills Cup Championships, including claims to back-to-back titles in 1999 and 2000, and again in 2015 and 2016. The Pelicans have made 11 postseason appearances behind 13 half-season Southern Division championships, including the first half of the 2015 season, second half of 2016 and first half of 2017. For more information on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, please contact the Pelicans at (843) 918-6000 or email


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