Monthly Archives: August 2011

Heath Bell Is Raising Goats in Peru Now?

After all this time, waivers still make my head spin.

As far as I can tell, the Padres wanted to send over Heath Bell to the Giants but the league wasn’t into that idea, so they’ve sent him to raise goats in Peru instead.

Sorry, the possibility of photo shopping that one was too good to pass up.

Or something.

There is the distinct possibility that my brain is a little shaken and jumbled due to the volume of earthquakes (three in twelve hours in the Bay Area, people) and I misunderstood the stories I read.  So don’t quote me on that.

In other news, the Padres are still killing the Giants.  San Francisco has actually started to display some potential for getting runners across home plate (!) but at the same time the pitching has started letting in seven runs, so they are still losing.  ::takes long, deep breath::

Beltran is off the disabled list, which is good news and I hope to see some flashes of brilliance from him.  I am a little skeptical of the plan to have Schierholtz play through a foot fracture and more than a little worried about the number 5 spot (Runzler starting?  Again?  Really?) but we shall see how it will play out.

The Dog Days are nearing an end and I am ready for the stretch run.  I mean, ready-ish.  Having Bell in the bullpen would make a little ready-er.

Diamond Girl

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I Knew Orange Juice was the Answer!

Major League Baseball fans and probably many other people are familiar with the beating of Bryan Stow on Opening Night of this year in Los Angeles.  Basically, some vicious people, “Dodgers fans” came at him, a Giants fan, from behind and beat him savagely.  The story is really beyond terrible.

This weekend, there was a shooting outside Candlestick Park in San Francisco after a Raiders/Niners game and it drew immediate comparisons to the Stow case, although there are some obvious and major differences.  You can read about it here.

What it all comes down to, though, is fan-on-fan violence.  I don’t think as a trend it’s necessarily growing (there have always been fights outside of games), but the attention on it certainly is.  I can’t quite pinpoint why, but I would guess it has to do with a growing diversity in sports fans (hey, people like me!) and that a lot of people really want to go to games without lots of rowdiness, let alone these fights or beatings.

Call me what you will for saying this, but to me going to a ballgame is like going to the movie theatre or a play or a concert.  At none of those events do I think selling alcohol really makes sense.   I remember being struck by reading a tweet from someone who was going to an important game with his favorite team and he said he wasn’t going to be drinking because he wanted to remember this one.  I choked when I read that.  Does that mean that some percentage of people routinely drink so much at sporting events that they don’t remember it?  Probably yes.

That makes me sad.  That makes me very, very sad.

Now I do know that there are plenty of people who just want to be able to get a beer and leave it at that.  And I understand that.  I guess I just have to ask, Would it be that much worse if you got a soda instead?

I mean, take it from the drunk driving perspective.  There have been times walking back to the parking lot with a crowd where I’ve questioned my sanity at getting on the road with these people.  I don’t know any stats on accidents after games, but I would guess there’s something there.  The bottom line is that drunk people = impaired people = potential for a whole host of problems.

It’s a culture, really, but I think at this point it’s a culture that is destructive and does not make sense.  On the Giants radio station, a good half of all the sponsorships are from beer companies.  So when they then give a line about drinking responsibly or getting a designated driver, I have to roll my eyes a little bit.

Which brings me to my main point… what if they really just stopped selling alcohol at baseball games or football games or any other sporting events?  What if Minute Maid Park was the norm instead of Coors Field?  I’m sure the stadiums would argue that right now they can control the issue with stopping the sale of beer after the seventh inning and whatever, but the fact is that isn’t working.  Whenever you outlaw something you unwittingly, perhaps, create a black market of people sneaking in their own, but I think they could deal with that too, if they wanted to.

I can hear a million voices that would disagree with what I’m saying but I just think the negatives far outweigh the positives in this situation.

Not to mention that I do not like that my shoes smell like cheap beer for days after I go to a game.

I knew orange juice was the answer to all the world’s problems!

Diamond Girl


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I Laughed and I Cried and I Googled Photos of Train Wrecks

I’m honestly not quite sure whether to laugh or cry right now.  So I did a little of both.  I was prepared to find some non-graphic train wreck photos for the end of this road trip, but then the Giants, of course, go and finish it only a game and a little .5 behind the Diamondbacks.

Cute photo anyway, right?

I just have no idea what to say.

I am speechless.  For once.

Expect for, Put Brandon in the lineup, cupcake-heads!  (Cupcakes are great.  But not for someone’s head.)

Okay.  Speechless other than that.  I am glad they are coming home, that’s for sure and, for some bizarre reason, I am fully prepared to believe that things will get better from.  Really, whatever happens from here, they did stay very much in contention through that Week from Hell.   It’s almost Monday and the Padres are coming to town for a two-gamer (why, Selig?  Why?).  It’s still the Dog Days and this is totally and utterly doable.

Really going to be quiet for a while now.

Diamond Girl

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Stuff that Might Vaguely Resemble Optimism

*The Giants are only 2.5 games back.

*Only one player went on the DL today.  The honor went to Eli Whiteside.

*Only one player got hurt today.  That would be Pablo Sandoval.

*No, seriously.  The Giants are only 2.5 games back.

*Lincecum pitched a seriously awesome game last night.

*Belt is all rested for, um, tomorrow!  Or the next day.  Or whatever.

*Really!  I mean it!  The Giants are only 2.5 games back.

*Beltran might be doing better. 

*Wilson might- might, might- be doing better.

*You don’t believe me?  The Giants are actually only 2.5 games back.

*While our starter for tomorrow may be 7-11 on the year, theirs is 1-7.

*6-0 looks prettier than 6-2 or something.  If they’re going to lose, shutouts do look rather nice.

*Cold hard proof about aforementioned fact!

There is always a bright side, my friends.  With scoops of chocolate fudge ice cream in waffle cones.  And wins.  Lots of wins.  Okay.  I am officially going insane here.   Lots of wins is not exactly on the horizon.  But that is what we pay Sabes the big bucks for and there is definitely, uh, talent here, so wins are potentially, kinda-sorta, possibly possible!

Good night, world.

Diamond Girl


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Typical Pitching Stuff?

Synonyms for injuries, for your viewing pleasure:

abrasion, abuse, affliction, affront, agony, bad, bite, blemish, boo-boo, bruise, burn, chop, cramp, cut, damage, deformation, detriment, discomfiture, disservice, distress, evil, fracture, gash, grievance, hemorrhage, ill, impairment, indignity, injustice, insult, laceration, lesion, libel, loss, mischief, misery, mutilation, nick, ouch, outrage, pang, ruin, scar, scratch, shock, slander, sore, sprain, stab, sting, suffering, swelling, trauma, twinge, wound, wrong

Last night, Whiteside went down.  He doesn’t have a concussion but he does have a scraped lip and dizziness.  Yikes.  That is all.

The Giants did, however, win last night with a whole lot of sac flies and a brilliant performance from Matt Cain.  Runzler’s return was not exactly triumphant and Affeldt was far from brilliant, but the final score was 7-5, which means I can exhale for the first time in this series.

My mind was on Wilson a lot, though.  The rumor going around is that Brian thought he had blown his arm out and would need Tommy John surgery again.  And, I mean, he went to see Dr. Tommy Jo–, I mean Dr. Andrews in Florida.  From there on, the news has all been positive, with the team saying it’s just “typical pitching stuff” and such.  But it leaves a nagging worry with me that he thought he’d blown it out.  Really?  Typical pitching stuff?  I guess I wonder if this problem will magnify in the future.  No way of knowing and for now I just hope he gets healthy and remembers how to close games but it does all leave me with a little bit of a question mark in my mind.

On the bright side, (well, not for rabid Belt fans but for the team trainers then) Rowand and Nate are in tonight’s lineup and Kepp is available off the bench.  They all appear to be doing much better and there are no DL trips in sight.  Which means that maybe- just maybe- this is going to blow over.   Happy Tim Lincecum Day, everyone.  The Giants have the chance for a split.   The world is getting brighter!

Diamond Girl


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