The legendary duo of Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin will soon be immortalized with their very own bobblehead on Saturday as part of a giveaway for a blood drive being held at MedStarCapitals Iceplex. You can get a good sense of the personalities of the two from their reaction when they first heard about the bobblehead.
"I think it's incredible, I'm totally flattered by it," Beninati said.
"About time," Locker said. "Everyone else has one, I figured I've got longevity here. I thought I would've had one sooner."
"Just kidding," he quickly added.
The finished product!! That is, until "Malibu" @Laughlin18 cuts it in half and discards my side! Thanks to Inova and to everyone donating at @MedStarIceplex on Saturday. If you are able to donate, please check https://t.co/crCK8ZdkaP to find a center or blood drive near you. pic.twitter.com/YwWyZiDim9— Joe Beninati (@JoeBpXp) December 5, 2019
It's that sense of humor and contrasting personalities that has endeared the duo to Capitals fans for so long. Beninati and Laughlin have been paired together on NBC Sports Washington's Capitals game broadcast since 1994.
Because of their place within the Caps community, it is perhaps no surprise to see them get the notable honor of a bobblehead. Despite the initial jokes, both broadcasters were incredibly honored when approached with the idea.
"It's cool that we were asked to have one," Laughlin said. "I think it's very cool if you get a bobblehead. I thought all the players had got one so I thought maybe someway in the years to come we might have a chance to get one."
Both have enjoyed the process as well.
"The cool thing is I've seen it change from like a clay formation to an early mockup to, ok let's put some paint on it," Beninati said. "I had no idea that these things change so radically from the original first blush look to the finished product."
Both Beninati and Laughlin were shown various iterations of the bobblehead and offered their critiques. The bobblehead was then updated each time leading to the final product which will be given out to participants at Saturday's blood drive.
"It's very tough to get realistic," Laughlin said. "It's a mold, they're doing different things, we went back and forth, I said well I hold my mic in this hand so they changed that, I'm sure Joe had a lot of changes to his."
Beninati indeed had a few suggestions, but not just for his own visage.
While both were thrilled with how the bobblehead began to develop, Beninati could not help but notice just how...young Laughlin looked.
"I was the one who was critiquing his side of the bobblehead the whole time," Beninati said. The biggest question he had: "What are you doing with Locker's hair?"
"It's probably me when I played back in the playing days, but I like it," Laughlin said.
There's a lot of brown hair on that bobblehead which...may not be the most accurate depiction of Laughlin's current look.
"He's laughing because it's Locker minus 30 years which is what he will lord over me and continue to razz me about for the rest of time," Beninati said. "He'll look at it and he'll just start laughing and that's enough, that's what he does."
"I think I look so damn good, so young, way better than Joe B. and that's why I want a single of myself," Laughlin said. "I'm going to cut mine in half."
Regardless of how many years it may have shaved off of Laughlin, it's all in good fun and for a great cause.
The blood drive will be held on Saturday at MedStar Capitals Iceplex from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the time of writing, every appointment for whole blood, double red cell and platelet donations was full.
"We've been blessed for a long, long time.," Beninati said. "The fans have treated us very, very well. Most importantly, I'm hoping that the blood drive is extremely successful. It's something obviously that's needed."
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