First, congratulations to Nick Swisher and his new wife Joanna Garcia. People reports that her veil was by Monique Lhuillier, and his tux was by Burberry London. Getting married in style.
I had a dream last night that it was Opening Day 2011 (wishful thinking, huh?) and the Giants were playing the Diamondbacks in Arizona. I remember how I was just ecstatic, listening to my radio. Timmy was starting. So he throws the first pitch and Jon Miller says, “He [whoever the hitter was] hits a high drive… deeeeep to left… way back… it’s gone!” Oops. Let’s all join hands, virtually, and channel positive energy so that the first pitch the Giants throw in 2011 will not be hit for a homerun.
There’s also this thing called Google Trends (www.google.com/trends) which I’ve fallen in love with. You can search a term and see a graph of how much people are searching it, what cities it’s most popular in, etc. So what did I do? I searched “sf giants”, of course. Here’s the graph. Any surprises? The world was fascinated by the Giants this year.
Incidentally, “sf giants” is most popular in San Rafael, San Mateo, Oakland and “san francisco giants” is most popular in Pleasanton, San Francisco and Stockton. Which would lead me to believe that people in the latter cities are more into complete words and sentences. And “texas rangers” has something of a following in France.
I am a little bit addicted to this.
So I looked up “mlb” and saw that it usually spikes near the end of the year (around the postseason/World Series). No surprises there. The three most popular cities it is searched in, however, are Santa Domingo, the Dominican Republic, Caracas, Venezuela and Waterloo, Canada. I was surprised by the Canada part.
More specifically, here is the graph for searches on “mlb” in 2010.
And, lastly, the “sf giants” in 2010.
I also saw that “cliff lee” is a garnering a fair amount of interest. But I bet he would get more if he signed with someone. Taking a long time at first was building suspense. But now the suspense has sort of disappeared.
I’m thinking Yankees, at this point, and in a way I hope it is. A seven year, heck-of-a-lot-of-money deal might be disastrous for the Rangers. It could be disastrous for the Yankees, too, but they have a little more money to play with.
Hope I didn’t alienate all my non-nerd readers. I promise to wait a few posts before bringing the nerd in me back.