Monthly Archives: June 2011

3 + 3 = 3 Wins + Mandatory Low Point In Trailer When Main Character Cries Or Almost Cries If He Is Tough Guy Brad Pitt So He Can’t Actually Cry

I don’t drop “Baseball Gods” a whole lot.  But when people hit triples, they always feel like little gifts from Baseball Heaven.  And has anyone else noticed that they do tend to come to people who really, really need them?

Like Pat Burrell  who is rumored to be the odd man out later this year and Eli Whiteside who has, well, big shoes to fill.  And he isn’t really fillin’ them.  Then Billy Hall’s (am I coining Billy?) magical half hour with Bam Bam seems to have paid off, which comes at a nice time when Freddy pessimism is at a 2011 high.  I am all for the holistic, natural approach and have (some amount of) total confidence that the shoulder can heal on its own but it’s good to have some, ahem, backup.

Which means that this night of three basers notched MadBum his third win of the year and a 3.21 ERA.  Sometimes I have the urge to bang the heads of the offense together but then I remember that they do things like hit key triples and I go to my punching bag (laptop keyboard) instead.

We are on our way to sweeping the Diamondbacks, which is a phrase I would have been petrified to utter a few days ago.  This is good.

Zito is moving up in the world and will be starting in AAA Fresno tonight.  I guess this must be his first time pitching for the Grizzlies and I think he’ll fit in.  No snarky-ness there.  Barry and Chuckchansi Park just seem like a match made in heaven.  Still, I’d be lying if I said I don’t feel like the clock is ticking down to doomsday.

The first Moneyball movie trailer hit the web yesterday my skepticism about it is fading.

I think it looks really good, actually.  The hairdresser captured Billy Beane’s vaguely volumized hair perfectly and even if they look nothing alike otherwise (yeah, that’s a big cause of mine) they do kind of make the same expressions.

And am I the only one who thinks doing this looks incredibly fun?  Even if that is the mandatory Low Point In Trailer When Main Character Cries (Or Almost Cries If He Is Tough Guy Brad Pitt So He Can’t Actually Cry).  So I don’t think it’s supposed to look fun.  But it does.

Someone else commented that the field looks suspiciously dark in this walk scene and why doesn’t the stadium have any lights?

True.

I will be in the theater opening day, I think.  I’ve only done that for one other movie, Takers, and it was unwarranted.  That was a terrible movie (not to mention Hayden Christensen’s character was the first of the bank robbers to die, which tempted me to demand my $8 back, but that seemed petty).  I have hope, though.  I kind of think this might be my first baseball movie love.

Diamond Girl

p.s.  Congratulations to former Giant/Grizzly Jesus Guzman on his call-up to San Diego!

I remember seeing him during his two weeks up at AT&T Park in 2009 and enjoying watching him play.  Wishing him much success.  I mean, some success.  Enough for him to have a happy career but the Padres to keep on their last place, sub-.500 ways.

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5 Best Tim Lincecum Moments

Yesterday was a strange day. I forgot there was a Giants game. I think I actually forgot the Giants existed. Somewhere around the fourth hour of The Fellowship of the Ring director’s cut at AMC Theaters, it all came back to me. But I was too engrossed to care.

Evidently, the Giants squeezed out a win against the Diamondbacks in this as-super-important-as-June-series-get series. Since I spent the evening a several realities away, I’ll leave the breakdown of that game to others.

I woke up to see happy birthday messages to Tim Lincecum everywhere. Which reminded me…

He signed that ball for me last June 15th and the whole crowd of autograph seekers sang Happy Birthday to him. It was loads of fun. So in honor of his big day coming around again, I’ve made a list of my personal top 5 favorite Tim Lincecum moments.

5. August and Beyond

In 2010, Timmy faced adversity… but it was storybook adversity. The kind where there’s a clean, simple problem with a clean, simple, perfect ending. Sure, it didn’t feel that way while it was going on. But looking back? Couldn’t really have gone down better.

4. A Day In The Life

I absolutely loved this Comcast SportsNet show. It didn’t feel overly rehearsed or corny but it wasn’t boring either. It was just a nice little slice-of-life. Well done.

3. The Kiss

Remember her? The girl who said she wanted her first kiss from Tim Lincecum? And he totally gave it to her. Too sweet.

2. Beanies Galore

The beanies have gone rather MIA recently. But remember when he wore them all the time? To his first Cy Young press conference even? Those were the days. I love ‘em.

1. 15 Strikeouts

Everyone has baseball games they attended that they will never, ever forget. Timmy’s career high 15 strikeouts against the Pittsburgh Pirates is one of those for me. Orange K after orange K going up on the wall and him just never slowing down.

Happy Birthday, Timmy. You’re named The Franchise for a reason.

Diamond Girl

p.s. Can my cake which won me the Ultimate Tim Lincecum Fan award get an honorable mention? I think there’s, you know, a striking resemblance.

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A Quick Note To Bud

Hey Bud-

Just a quick note.

I know you’re focused on really important things like removing the divisions and removing the Wild Card (make up your mind!  I thought we were getting a second Wild Card!) all to give the Brewers the best possible chance at winning it all, but can we please make it so that some surprise cows appear on the baseball field sometimes?   

You’re the best.  Thanks.

Diamond Girl

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May I Respectfully Suggest a Few Things to Jonathan Sanchez?

The San Francisco Chronicle’s story about yesterday’s Giants was titled “Giants finally get a break”.  The sentiment is widespread.  Which is why every time I look at the National League West standings I have an Am I really reading this right? moment.  The Giants are in first place, a game ahead of the Diamondbacks.  Sure, part of it is that the West in not a strong division this year, so far (Arizona, Colorado, Los Angeles and San Diego are all 5-5 in their last 10, the Giants are 6-4).  But you also can’t deny that despite the fact that they look like a limping AAA team at times, they do win ballgames.  Which is, of course, the bottom line.

Jonathan Sanchez is the quintessential example of this and I spent yesterday evening with more forehead rubbing.  He let in two runs over 6 innings.  He gave them a chance to win and they did.  So I’m not complaining.  But he felt like a train wreck while he was at it.  May I respectfully suggest that he cuts the drama classes from his extracurriculars and tapes this up next to his bed?

You can never repeat the basics too many times, right?

Being a baseball fan is a full time job.  This, you know.  Being a Giants fan?  Sort of a life’s work.  So the day off is nice.  Still, I don’t envy the players.  They’re headed to Arizona, where the highs over the coming three days are 104°, 107° and 105° respectively.  Could mean good news for Aubrey, but I, for one, am glad Foul Weather Timmy will be on the bench until the Oakland series.

And to Todd Coffey and his unfortunate capris

We all have bad fashion moments.  And we all know players aren’t responsible for their own uniforms.  That delivered with a meaningful look to all the Eugenio Velez haters out there.

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Maybe There’ll Be a Walk-Off Win Tonight. Total Shot In the Dark. And Baseball Players Shouldn’t Design Clothes. And Other Facts of Life.

So does anyone else remember the moment in the Charlie in the Chocolate Factory movie where they’re in the Great Glass Elevator and they fly over a hospital room?  Willy Wonka says, “This is the Puppet Hospital and Burn Center.  It’s… relatively new.”  And then he gives his uncomfortable little laugh.  The reactions?

I’m the Mike Teevee’s father in the equation.  Every time a Giant gets injured, I make that expression.  The, Are you kidding me, you weirdos?

Freddy is on my top 3 favorite Giants list.  I consider him a constant and a sparkplug and the kind of guy who would keep us sane during the injury insanity.  Five seconds and one Brandon Phillips hit later, he’s on the DL.

Maybe we should get the Giants their own hospital…?

Brian Sabean wasted no time in picking up a new second baseman, fueling the “this is really bad” fire.  Bill Hall is the guy, recently designated for assignment from Huston with nearly identical numbers to Pat Burrell, when he came to the Giants last year.  I went to Hall’s Wikipedia and saw the following Awards Highlights.

  • Good Guy Award- 2006
  • Michael Harrison Award (Community Service)- 2004,2006
  • Unsung Hero Award- 2005
  • Pitched a 1-2-3 inning as a utility player- 5/28/2010

Huh.  I love Good Guys.  And the Wiki piece fails to mention that he was the Brewers Team MVP in 2006. Looking at pictures of him in that Brewers uniform is acclimating me to the idea of having him in a Giants uniform.  He is reportedly available to play today in what may be a walk of win (total shot in the dark, there).

No matter what, I just hope Aubrey plays games, from now on, in head to toe armor. 

(Props to the brilliant person at www.arewestillcool.com who mocked this up.)

I also have to say something about the line of Giant-designed jerseys that came out yesterday.  I’m not sure what to say.  Except that I will not be going out to buy one.  They’re hilarious, a little ego-maniacal and I feel like this might be a good time to break out an old blog I wrote but never posted called Baseball Players Shouldn’t Design Clothes and Other Facts of Life.

I mean, really?  The font?  The faded edges of the corny image?

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