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Diamond Girl’s Retrospective of the 2010 Season

(Quickly… looking through the This Year in Baseball Awards and it’s so much fun to relive it all.  Armando Galarraga.  I’d forgotten about that, can you believe it?  Roy Oswalt in left.  Ichiro and a teenage girl being the ultimate Teenage Girl.  Dallas Braden’s perfect game.  So many fun moments.  Anyway.  Two quick things.  I’ll try to keep them quick.  First- I saw the Ryan Braun’s catch against the Giants on September 17th is one of the top plays.  To be honest, I’d forgotten all about that too but now I’m remembering what a fun day, a highlight of the 2010 season, it was for me.  And how perfect it was for Ryan to make that catch.  Needless to say, I held my “I Love U, Ryan Braun” sign high.  I’m also campaigning for Jon Daniels for Executive of the Year.  If any of you live in or spend time in Berkeley, you’ll know that someone named Josh Daniels was running for school board in the last election, so there were signs for him all over.  Couldn’t we, in true Bay Area sprit, recycle them and make them say, “Jon Daniels for Executive of the Year”?)

 

One week tomorrow since the Giants became World Series Champions and the 2010 season finished.  Time to do my retrospective.  This collage is my photo highlights of things I’ve written about and done relating to baseball this past season.  This collage is joined by three all-important items:  designer sunglasses, a hairbrush (heart-shaped, no less) and a baseball.

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March

Diamond Girl sees video of Zito at Spring Training talking about new socks.  She is puzzled.

Opening Day

Diamond Girl sees Zito’s socks.  She prays that she is hallucinating.

 

Later in April

Diamond Girl visits LA.  LA survives.  Barely.

May

Buster Posey sees ball and hits ball in debut.  World calls NY Times, but Diamond Girl does not.  She is getting a (non-Buster-Posey-themed) pedicure.

June

Diamond Girl gets picture of self with Barry Zito and aforementioned picture sets record for most comments on DG’s Facebook page.  80% female comments.

 

July

When the NL bullpen at the All-Star game goes from a Dodger to a Padre, Diamond Girl begins rooting for the AL.  (Some historians link this to her later switch of allegiances during the World Series.)

 

August

Brian Wilson grows beard.  Male portion of world grows beards, female portion wears fake beards.  Diamond Girl does not.  She is getting a (non-beard-themed) manicure.

September

Tim Lincecum cuts hair.  Diamond Girl calls the NY Times to give a tip on the sensational story but they don’t answer the phone. 
               
Later in September

Diamond Girl luvs u, Ryan Braun.  Ryan Braun ignores.

 

October

Diamond Girl announces that she is rooting for the Rangers in the World Series.  World attempts to call NY Times but they have blocked World’s number, due to the volume of Buster Posey and Cody Ross related calls. 

 

November

Giants win World Series.  World celebrates by setting fires and turning over police cars.  Diamond Girl celebrates by taking off nail polish, straightening hair and eating (non-baseball decorated) vanilla cupcakes.

 

Diamond Girl + World + San Francisco Giants + NY Times live happily ever after.

 

The End.

 

::cue clapping::

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Confetti Falls from the Sky, Giants Fans Flood the Streets of San Francisco and Something Important and Barry Zito Related Happens

The World Series Champions Parade.  Party like it’s 1954.  But it wasn’t as gorgeously fairytale-like as the title might imply.

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It’s being said that there were over a million people and it sure felt like it.  Some of those people were also spraying champagne, and I, of course, got sprayed.  This is called Diamond Girl luck.  It was at least ten people deep at every point of the parade that I saw and as sweet as it was of some of the players to walk on the street instead of standing inside their bordering-on-incredibly-dorky-cable-cars, no one except those in the front row could see them.  So from my vantage point, a lot of them were MIA.  Still, the crowd was mostly happy and friendly and no denying it; the city was thrilled.  In the BART train, in the mall, everywhere, there were chants and high-fives and random, happy displays of love towards the Giants, the city and each other.  And the confetti falling from the sky was a bit fairytale like. 

A day doesn’t pass where something important and Barry Zito related doesn’t happen, so without further ado…

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(Photo from @bigleaguestew’s Twitter account.)

Hey, Barry.  I hate picking on you.  I’m going to try to be nice about this, because it’s nothing personal.  I just thought we were over any sunglasses that had even a remotely aviator shape to them.  ‘Cause remember?  They don’t suit you.  And you have to un-tuck that shirt collar if you wear it with that kind of sweater.  A splash of color somewhere wouldn’t hurt either.  I don’t know what, if any, is the dress code for the players in the parade, but I think something a little more fun and casual would be appropriate.  Or why not rock a fedora?

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If nothing else, get rid of the sunglasses, okay? 

I hope they’re enjoying the Diamond-Girl-Karma-Infused trophy.  All these player negotiations have made me turn my thoughts to the 2011 season.  May the trophy bring us all good luck in 2011.  I’m pumped- who’s with me?

Diamond Girl

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The Magic Lasted and the 2010 World Series Anthem

The magic totally lasted.  Congratulations to the darling, if bad-haired, 2010 World Champions, the San Francisco Giants! 

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Javier Lopez was quoted as saying “now I can shave!” and I am crossing my fingers that Brian Wilson will follow suit.  I will be much more enthusiastic rooting for my NL team next year if the beards disappear.  I also want to thank everyone who’s read and commented this year.  It’s been my first year blogging about baseball and using MLBlogs and what a fun time it’s been.  Hugs to you all and I’ll try to share some pictures of holiday desserts throughout the off-season to keep us all warm as we wait for next spring.  I’m planning to re-hash the 2010 season and then blog sporadically through the off-season.  Sporadically may turn into every day if something important and Barry Zito-related happens.  You have been warned.

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That’s right, fear is just the beginning.

Anyway.  Bad timing to stop rooting for the Giants much?  I was sad to see the series end in five and sad to see the Rangers lose, but I’m also happy for the Giants.  Happiness is not usually expressed by crying through the ninth inning, but I’m honestly just a little sad for the 2010 season to be over.  It’s been a long and weird and wonderful year in and out of baseball and I’m so glad I’ve had a chance to get to know the Rangers better.  Still, it’s fitting for the Giants to come out on top.  They’re weird and wonderful and this was their year.  Not Time quite yet.

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But can it be Time next year?  That was the greatest marketing slogan since “This changes everything.  Again.”  Actually, I think that iPhone 4 slogan came after “It’s Time” was coined, so my sentence is chronologically incorrect.  In any case, since I’m sure there have been a lot of people quoting and linking to both versions (the original and Ashkon’s) of Don’t Stop Believin’, I set out to find a theme song for the 2010 Rangers.  Yes, I know they lost but they still deserve a song.  And no, I did not record my own version.  So I found “When It’s Time” (so subtle, the title) which is obviously not perfectly fitted to the Rangers, but it feels like the team and this whole World Series to me.  Let’s just make the song the 2010 World Series anthem.

Dear Rangers and Giants,

It’s time to tell you something.  I love you.


 

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In Which Diamond Girl Accidentally Channels Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

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Aside from the red nose, I was accidentally channeling Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer here.  I was, of course, trying to show Rangers pride, but I don’t think that was obvious.  But aren’t the MLB pumpkins adorable?  It was supposed to be a non-partisan thing in my divided house, but the photo sparked a lot of “Go Giants” comments on Facebook.  Since when does MLB mean Go Giants?

And despite my protestations of “Shear the Beard” I had a mini Brian Wilson running around my house.  As soon as he put on the costume he decided he looked more like Sergio Romo and so he became a Romo/Wilson hybrid.  Which would be incredibly odd, for the record.

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@MLB tweeted this earlier today:  “Pitchers & catchers reported. Opening Day. No-hitters. #ASG. Walk-offs. Foul balls. Shared good times. Clinchers. Does it all end tonight?”  Aside from the not very subtle, “WATCH THE GAME TONIGHT” message, it made me think about what I was doing during this year’s spring training.  And this year’s opening day.  And this year’s All-Star Break.   And made me realize that this season has been going on for a long time and it really is time for it to end.  Not tonight, but on Thursday, hopefully.  I’m sure I’ll be sad when they make the last out- whoever wins- but I’m already pumped for the 2011 season.  Lots of games going on every day, winners and losers.  I miss games where the announcers don’t say, “I know I’ve said this before, but this is a must-win.”  I’m excited to watch the last- ahem, last three- games of the Fall Classic and then I’m going to devote all my energy to getting excited for April and a time when Jon Miller and Dave Flemming broadcast together.  I miss that.

X’s and O’s to all,

Diamond Girl

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