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Nostalgia Day: Brain Wilson Batting

It’s foggy.  And rainy.  And Cliff Lee still hasn’t signed anywhere.  So it’s the perfect day to be nostalgic.  I was looking through my New York photos from October and found this one:

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One of my favorite parts of baseball is when relievers- especially closers- come up to bat.  So I pulled out my iPod and took a picture of Brian batting in the NLCS, against Philly.  (Correct me if I’m misremembering and it was against Atlanta.)   It was such a fun moment and high-tension series.  In a way, I think beating Philly was more of a triumph than beating Texas.  And I think the photo’s kind of great.  The Beard + Batting Helmet.

Now that I’ve gotten the nostalgia over with, it’s time to sit back and wait for Cliffy to sign.  With the Rangers, of course.  And he will decide a six year deal is better than a nine year deal any day.  Positive affirmations, only!  

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Who else is kind of diggin’ the sunglasses?

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ROBBED! – In the Absence of Forbes, Diamond Girl’s Best Dressed MLB’er List feat. Ryan, Andy & Andres

Robbed!  This week, Forbes magazine named the best dressed athletes of 2010.  There are three basketball players, two NFLers, two hockey players, three tennis players (well, four people, if you count the William’s sisters as two, which they don’t), one soccer player, one boxer, one golfer and one equestrian.  There is an equestrian on there.  But not ONE baseball player.  Huh?  Baseball players have some style issues, but they couldn’t find one put on the list?  Inexcusable snub.  Y’all know what’s coming next.  Here it is:  SF Diamond Girl’s Best Dressed Baseball Players list.  Here we go.

Best Dressed: Ryan Braun

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No one saw that coming, right?  Not only does Ryan always ace it in public appearances he designs his own line of clothing which is hip, unique and still a little classic.  The line is described as, “[It] displays rich symbols of past and present, good and evil, grit and glam recreated in a pageantry of fashion. Emblems of war, peace, love and myth, are woven into the wearable translation of an unfolding story.”  If I spent $60 on a t-shirt, I would totally buy one.  But, on principle, I won’t.

Runner-Up:  Andy Pettitte

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I just adore the way Andy plays with stripes here.  The straight and diagonal stripes mesh in a slightly edgy look and the grey suit and pink tie complement each other perfectly.  Huge success.

Runner Up #2:  Andres Torres

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Yeah, I know he’s blinking.  But this is the only picture where you can see the boot-cut jeans in all their glory.  And the trendy jacket.  It’s casual and fun and the darker wash jeans make it professional enough for the event at hand.  (But not too professional.  See Zito for a this-is-what-you-should-not-do.)

So Forbes, you were wrong.  Baseball players can be fashion gurus too.  And I would like to say that Beckham, Casiraghi, and Federer are the only people who warrant the title of best-dressed on your list. Robbed, I say!

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Brad Pitt as Billy Beane is like Hayden Christensen as Stephen Glass + Three Pearls of Wisdom from Moneyball

And the Winter Meetings are flyin’ by…  I am loving the fact that baseball is once again at the forefront of people’s minds although, as numerous people have noted (Mychael Urban and TR Sullivan both wrote great articles about this) there seem to be a lot of weird rumors coming this week, perhaps perpetuated by bored beat writers.  No matter.  It’s very fun for me to watch general manager after general manager interviewed because I’m a player transaction geek.  I am now stalking Jed Hoyer.

But who chose the hotel?  There are so many shots of it on the MLB Network and pictures of it everywhere.  They could at least have chosen a pretty building.  To me, the happiest place on earth would not have hideous architecture. 

I would also just like to say that I think Brad Pitt as Billy Beane is ridiculous.  Billy is more charming and better looking, to boot.

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Though I know I am obviously in the overwhelming minority of the female population when I say that.  It’s like Hayden Christensen playing Stephen Glass.  Except I like Christensen, so I don’t mind.  And Shattered Glass is an incredible movie so I can forgive it.  I’m not really sure how Moneyball will be as a movie, but I’m looking forward to it.

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The real Stephen Glass on the left, Hayden Christensen, of wood-board Anakin Skywalker fame, on the right

So this all reminded me how much I love the book Moneyball and the three pearls of wisdom I always remember from it.

“‘Why should noise have any more effect on the hitter than the pitcher?’ says Billy, a little testily. ‘If you’re playing away, you can just pretend they are cheering for you.’

Haven’t we all wondered this?  I sure have.

“‘In the last ten years guys started covering their lips with their gloves,’ snaps Billy.  ‘I’ve never known a single lip-reader in baseball.  What, has there been a rash of lip-reading I don’t know about?’

And last but not least…

“The new pitcher, Ricardo Rincon, gets two quick outs and gives up just one run on a sacrifice fly: 11-7.  With two out and runners on first and third, Art Howe [the manager], walks out yet again.  This time he calls for right hander Jeff Tam, newly arrived from AAA, to face the right-handed Mike Sweeney, who is, at the moment, leading the American League in hitting.

“‘ Why?  [says Billy] They take all this lefty-righty crap too far.  What’s wrong with leaving Rincon in?’”

Now I’m looking at the movie’s IMDB listing and seeing that someone named Sergio Garcia is playing Jorge Posada.  This is getting weirder by the second.  I need to go back to reading that Alex Rodriguez is going to get traded for Joe Martinez.

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Olives, Life, Baseball and Sunglasses, Feat. Jon Daniels in D&G Sunglasses (Yes, I Edited It)

My little brother was trying to wake me up this morning and having a bit of a difficult time.  So he said, “Emily, Matt Holliday was traded!”  “Mmm… to who?”  (It should have been “to whom”, but I was half-asleep so my grasp of the English grammatical system was slightly impaired.)  “The Mets!  For Johan Santana!”  I sat up straight.  “No way!”  Yeah, no way.  He wasn’t traded.  But I am awake now.

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So then I was eating olives and thinking about life.  And baseball.  And sunglasses.  And I realized that although Jon Daniels is obviously a good GM (Executive of the Year, people!) he has some style issues.  Namely, the sunglasses.

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They are atrocious, in my humble opinion.  Too small, too tight, too wannabe sporty.  So I decided to find some better ones.  These D&G frames are a little larger and have a hint of aviator, which is flattering to some face shapes.  Since he might not want to fork down the money for D&G sunglasses, there’s this guy in the Westfield Shopping Center in San Fran who sells fake designer stuff, who I’d like to recommend.  He tries to sell me a different designer every time I go there.

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I was going to give Jayson Werth some sunglasses advice, in honor of his, you know, huge and basically endless contract until I remembered that no matter how good the sunglasses are you have to look good underneath.  So step 1 is to cut his hair and shave off the beard.  After that, I can give some advice.  I’m thinking Versace.

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The.  Winter.  Meetings.  Begin.  Tomorrow.  Be excited.  Be very excited.

Diamond Girl

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This is for you, Eugenio (and a little bit for you, Executive of the Year) and Why Dave Groeschner is Due for a Mohawk

So this post was going to be for Eugenio Velez and then I read that Jon Daniels was named Executive of the Year by Baseball America and so I had to mention that first and foremost.  Congratulations to Jon and the whole Rangers organization.  Very much deserved.  It’s Time, and all that.

Anyway.  I miss Eugenio already.  Which is weird, because he hardly played last year, but I still miss him, you know, being there.  I know there is still the possibility that the Giants will sign him to a minor league contract, but I doubt that will happen.  At first I was very sad to hear they had non-tendered him but I’m trying to look at a bright side.  Hopefully he will find an organization that does need and want him now and has room for him in the majors.  I think if someone puts some confidence in him and gives him a real chance he will be a strong MLBer.  (Don’t breathe a word about his bunt attempts.  Seriously.  Don’t.)  And I do have a few teams on my wish list of who signs him.  Ahem, Doug Melvin or Jon Daniels?  Y’all should sign Eugenio Velez.  To see him in Brewer Blue or Ranger Red would make me very happy. 

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Meanwhile the Giants did tender Andres Torres, Jonathan Sanchez, Cody Ross, Javier Lopez, Ramon Ramirez and Santiago Casilla.  Ray and Velez are the two who were not tendered.  Both Burrell and Fontenot were signed to one year, one million dollar deals.  It looks to me (and probably to everyone else on the face of this beautiful planet) like Sabean is trying to re-sign everyone and keep the idea the same.  The problem I see with that, as I’ve written about before, is they’re not misfits anymore.  They’re players who won the World Series and are earning some nice money now.  Will it work again? 

Then again, there might be some big moves still ahead for the Giants.  Sabean tends to surprise us like that.  So you know when we’ll find out?  Yeah, you guessed it.  The Winter Meetings.  Three days.  I am still giddily excited.  Stay tuned.

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And it’s Day 8 and the snowflake earrings are still in my ears, in case you were wondering. 

Diamond Girl

p.s.  Dave Groeschner is due for a mohawk.  In the Inside the Clbhouse:  Hitters from January, he tells Pablo that if they go to the World Series, he’ll get one.  They went to the World Series.  Heck, they won the World Series.  He totally needs to get one now.

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