First, a little personal announcement before I get into all the fabulous drama that is raging in Giants-land right now. One of a few reasons I’ve been a bit MIA lately is that I’m doing a project in honor of my birthday, which is coming up on the 8th,and it’s a wonderful time-eater, but a time-eater all the same. This means, of course, that it’s that time of year again when I ask you for your money and promise you something absolutely irresistible in return. Last year, it was Fair Trade chocolate and this year, it’s earrings, made by women who have been rescued from human trafficking in Thailand. Here is my video about it:
It’s a cause close to my heart because it presents economic solutions to the complex issue of slavery in the world today, by providing futures for former victims and alternative industry in the country of Thailand. And a tip of the white beanie to Giants leftie Jeremy Affeldt for getting me on the modern-day abolitionist bandwagon a few years back. (Yes, that’s a baseball connection!) Jeremy is very involved with the wonderful organization, the Not for Sale Campaign, which is a great info resource for learning more and getting involved in this fight. Their website is: www.notforsalecampaign.org.
If you feel so inclined, you can donate via PayPal (info on the website at: www.apriceonyourdreams.wordpress.com). My fish and I would thank you greatly and you or a lady in your life would adore these earrings. Trust the Lover of All Things Prada on this one.
Onwards to All Things Baseball! I can’t believe we’re a week away from Opening Day and am terribly excited. Watching the roster get whittled down to the final 25 is rather nerve-wracking experience for me but fascinating all the same. It feel s a bit like our fate is being set into stone, never mind the fact the roster will change a thousand times during the year. This roster setting is still the biggest one. Until the playoffs, of course. Of course.
Like all the other legions of Giants fans, I am very, very curious to see what happens with The Brandon Belt this year and also to see if the team can reach a deal with Matt Cain before the season starts up. The word yesterday that they might go with neither Whiteside nor Stewart as the back-up catcher also made my jaw drop, just a little. I am partial to Stewart, as y’all know, but if the Giants want to move in the, eh, youthful direction, I am not opposed to that at all. Which is to say, I suppose, that I also see a potential silver lining to Freddy Sanchez starting the season on the disabled list. I am still waiting on the silver lining to Vogey being put on the DL as well, but I will let you know if I find one.
If I’m lucky, who knows, it could be a golden lining. Or a golden ticket.
Yes, I think I might just be able to get used to that idea.
In the meantime, although I have said I’m not entirely adverse to the idea of Cain becoming a free agent, I think I have grown a healthy dislike of Larry Baer. I seem to be behind the curve here, but better late than never, right? Anyhow, Baer is easier to blame than Sabean. Sabean drafted the Core Four for the Yankees and, yeah, won the Giants a World Series. That too. Baer has installed fake falcons. Which are kind of a cool concept, admittedly, but kind of completely beside the point, too.
p.s. And, hey. If you any of you are feeling especially generous, you know what I want for my birthday.