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Tim Lincecum Gets a Clue, Manny Ramirez Doesn’t

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You can forgive Timmy for his fashion faux-pas, which has lasted about a year and a half.  He’s young and he’s allowed to look semi-atrocious.  But he got a clue, starting on Friday when he decided that a long face (discussed previously here) is not, in fact, complimented by the long pants.  So he joined Zito in the retro-club (and messing up his pitching by thinking too much.  Thank you Barry.  We appreciate your positive influence on our young pitchers.  Actually, we love you anyway.  You’re on the Dreamy Team).  The socks remind me of a carnival, a little bit, but they’re better than their predecessors.  Congratulations, Timmy.

Meanwhile, Mannywood has ended (who is crying, raise your hand?) and he has still not gotten a clue.  The guy is 38 years old and a MLB veteran and he still wears his uni God-knows-how-many-sizes-too-big.

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Whatever.  It’s just Manny Being Manny, right?  ::Diamond Girl bangs head against wall::

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HBP? No, HPGRD.

That meant, “Hit by pitch?  No, hit by ground rule double,” in English.  See?  I don’t only speak Baseball.  I speak some English too.

My sister is visiting California from France and I, of course, had a baseball game on the agenda.  Last night’s game, versus the Reds to be precise.  And in the first inning everything I had told her about the Giants (aka, they don’t hit) was proved wrong.  I also tried out being a bleacher creature, because we were given tickets to sit in the centerfield bleachers.  Different experience, for sure.

Then came the top of the third when Joey Votto hit a ground-rule double to center.  Yep, center.  Where we were.  And my sister got hit by the ball.  Yep, first baseball game, she gets hit by the ball.  You can watch it here, and she is circled below.

 
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Her first baseball game this year, her third overall.  She gets hit.  Seriously, statisticians, what is the likelihood?

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And the MLB Hair Awards Go To…

The Giants walked off against the Padres on Saturday.  Very exciting.  But what were the first words out of my brother’s mouth when the team stormed out of the dugout? 

“Look at Burrell’s hair!”

Explanation needed, right?  Because earlier in the broadcast the play-by-play guys had said that Burrell keeps his hat or helmet off in the dugout because he thinks he has the best hair in Major League baseball.  ::Alarm bells go off in Diamond Girl’s head::

 
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I couldn’t find a source on Burrell’s quote on the internet, so don’t hold me to it.  But I, of course, thought, “no way!”  So here are my MLB hair awards.

Best hair:  CJ Wilson, of the Texas Rangers

I have become a Rangers fan.  Not just ’cause of Wilson’s hair.  Bengie is there too.

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Most in Need of a Hair-Cut: Tim Lincecum, of the San Francisco Giants

Here’s the deal: Tim Lincecum has a long face.  Long face + long hair + long pants = you look long.  Which is a style, I guess, but I would at least recommend a trim, if not a serious navy cut.  I think he’d look great, like that.  He could also use shorter pants, but we’re talking hair, here, not fashion. 

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Best Electrocuted Hair: Freddy Sanchez of the San Francisco Giants

As mentioned in my last post.  Gotta wonder how much gel he uses, because it stands up even after hours under his hat.  If he ever needs a new gel, though, I could recommend some fantastic stuff that I use from time to time, to hold curls.  I’ve tried it out to spike my brother’s hair a little and it works well for that too.

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Wickedly Craziest Hair: Barry Zito of (who else?) the San Francisco Giants.

On his website bio, Zito says, “the owner of some wickedly crazy hair.”  This photo is from his website, evidently to illustrate his point. 

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Most in Need of Growing Out Hair:  Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees

Picture is from the Eclipse premiere.  Yep, the Eclipse premiere.  Is A-Rod Team Jacob or Team Edward?  I have some issues with his sunglasses as well, but again, hair not fashion.

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Most in Need of a Haircut and a Shave: Corey Hart of the Milwaukee Brewers

I could not, unfortunately find a picture of him sans hat or helmet, but this should give you a sense.

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Most in Need of a Dye-Job: Juan Uribe of the San Francisco Giants

He doesn’t just need a dye job, he needs dye job to replace this one.  Come on, why blonde hair, Oo?

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Hair: Brian Wilson of the San Francisco Giants

Hair.  Not best, not weirdest.  Just hair.  The t-shirt is fantastic as well.  It’s vote for Row.  As in Rowand.  But the goatee is basically horrible.  So ’08. 

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Okay, gals and guys.  Here we go.  Who do your hair awards go to?  They can be from any team and in any category; new categories are fine, as long as it’s someone who has spent time as a major or minor league player. 

X’s and O’s, friends.

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Are the Giants a World Series Team or Why Mark Reynolds Should Join Strikeouts for Troops

(This post written during the 3-D TV ads on MLB.com.  Trying to watch highlights from yesterday’s game.  And watching a Gcast interview where they say: “Jonathan Torres talks about upcoming games against the Cubs and the Braves.”  Was not aware his name is Jonathan.  I am, once again, confused.)

The energy is electric (like F. Sanchez’s hair is every day- take a look below) and there are a lot of reasons for that.  It’s Friday the 13th.  It’s Orange Friday.  The Padres are in town.  It’s on NBC tonight and Fox tomorrow.  Jonathan Sanchez is trying to live up to his prediction to the press.  And I am cheering “Beat SD” every few minutes.

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I think we really can sweep the Padres and I think the Giants are going to the play-offs.  I think they’ve totally got it in them to win the division or worst-case scenario, the wild-card.  My question is this: are they a World Series team?  And if they are: are they a World Series winning team?  And that is where my doubt lies.  I don’t necessarily think the AL is literally tougher, but I don’t know… Giants v. Yankees?  Giants v. Rangers?  MadBum v. Jeter?  I don’t necessarily see us coming out on top.

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And I want you to guess why Mark Reynolds should join Strikeouts for Troops.  (Hint: He broke the record for number of strikeouts in one season and stands to break his own record this year.  Maybe Zito should approach him about a few hundred every time he strikes out?)

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Question for Y’all

I have a question for y’all.  (I’m in my southern belle mode, because of the Atlanta series.  Forget that.  I’d actually rather not talk about these past four games.)

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This photo is from the scoreboard at AT&T Park a few weeks ago.  Couldn’t “ML Service” and “ML Debut” mean “Major League” or “Minor League”?  Which does it actually mean, majors or minor leagues?

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