Monthly Archives: July 2012

[Insert Lousy Team Here] Are Sellers and [Insert Slightly Less Lousy Team] Are Buyers!

Well, this has been a crazy week.  I’ve been following it all out of one eye and ear because I was at a family event down south – with, y’know, a Rangers-Angels game mixed in – but sitting down to write this, I’m not exactly sure where to start.

There’s Ichiro in pinstripes which has to be acknowledged (yes, the apocalypse is definitely coming.  Also, I’m going to be heartbroken when 2012 is over and we can’t make those jokes anymore.) and then there’s Hanley to the Dodgers, which has made a pretty big shift in the division.  Personally, I’m of the opinion that Ramirez, as good as he is, is not a game-changer, pun kinda sorta intended.  I don’t think the Dodgers are that much better with him and I still don’t think this division is theirs to win, just because of that move.  We’ll have to see, of course, if they do anything further and if the Giants make any sort of corresponding move.  A lot could still change between now and next Tuesday and it’s also worth noting that a number of the Giants x-factor moves in 2010 happened after the trade deadline; there’s still the whole waivers thing, post trade deadline.  (Cody Ross?  He was acquired on August 21st.  Also, his secret career ambition is to be a rodeo clown.  ‘Member that?  Bet you didn’t.  And, I mean, I didn’t either.  Gracias, Wikipedia.)

Across the Bay, the A’s have been crazy good, going 9-1 in their last 10, completing a 4 game sweep of the first-place Yankees and are now beating Toronto 12-0 in the seventh.  Say, what?  Can you see my shocked face through the cybersphere?  No?  That’s probably a good thing.  Anyhows, I’m not an A’s fan and don’t like Brad Pitt and all that, but I’m rooting for this to go on.  It’s loads of fun to watch, no matter how you spin it.

The Giants won the series against the Padres, losing the final game today but pulling off an epicawesome walk-off win last night including the, um, potential Catch of the Year.

Just watch it over and over and bask.  I’m not going to write any more because I don’t want to distract you, but before I go, Corey Hart to the Giants?  I could live with that.  Also, if I hear “[insert lousy team here]are sellers and [insert slightly less lousy team] are buyers!” one more time, I may go stark raving mad.  My friends and family might react with, “Go stark raving mad?”  Because, you know… I kind of already am.

Diamond Girl

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Those Exclusive GM Clubs

The Giants finished up the roadtrip yesterday at 4-2 and are 7-3 in their last 10.  They’re still in first place, by one and a half games, and Nate Schierholtz came out of nowhere, starting three days in a row in Philly and absolutely tearing it up.  All in all, things are looking quite good.  But it’s a bit overshadowed by the first base situation which is not good.  Not good at all.  Brandon Belt was 1 for 20 on the roadtrip and to say he’s looking lost would be understatement of probably devastating proportions.   He’s a bit beyond lost and his backup by the name of Aubrey Huff suffered a setback with his knee injury in a Minor League rehab start the other day, so… the trade deadline is looking awfully interesting, if you ask me.

There are a handful of first basemen who could be on the trading block – obviously the biggest one, Youkilis, is gone from the market – but as they proposed over at Bleacher Report, Justin Morneau could be an interesting fit and then again, they could go all internal-options on us and shift Sandoval over to first for a while.  With Hector Sanchez on the DL, the Posey at first option is not as much of a possibility, but when he gets back, that could happen to some extent as well.

If Schierholtz continues to look good, with a few opportunities, of course, he could look attractive to someone looking for a quick fix (seriously, the Quick Fix GM’s need a whole club of their own) and he seems anxious to be traded.  Which is understandable, because his whole Giants career has been oddly handled, really.  Not unlike Brandon Belt’s – because as much as Belt is just having issues of his own, the whole disaster of how the organization sent him up and down last year certainly didn’t help.  Anyone seeing a pattern here?  The GM’s Who Don’t Really Have a Clue about Handling Young Players could also have an exclusive club.

Let’s hope they have a clue about the trade deadline, hm?

The 10 game homestand starts tonight against San Diego who are very simply toast.  Mike Adams pitched last night for Texas and I had some nasty flashbacks about what he did to the Giants when I tried to cheer for him.  Still, without him, them Padres do not stand a chance.   Not to mention that it’s Vogelsong, who has the fourth best ERA in the National League, for Pete’s sake.  I’m feeling pretty good about it.  No cupcake ingredients in sight.

Diamond Girl

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The Rangers Lost But the Bubble Cam Made My Night

(Brief blog post because I’m sleepy and Sleepy Emily blog posts go downhill fast.  So, here goes.)

We went to the Rangers-Angels game tonight in Anaheim.  It was my first baseball game ever where I was not in a sweater (and/or winter coat and/or winter boots and/or skiing gloves) by the end, which was kind of fantastic but the game was… not fantastic at all.  At all at all.  The Rangers lost by a final of 7-4 and Matt Harrison, who started for Texas, was pretty awful.  To add insult to injury, Alexi Ogando (Who Is My Favorite Ranger Ever) came in in relief, and melted.  In pure, Barry Zito, ice-cream-cone-in the-sun fashion.  Me and my polka dotted shorts shrunk down into the seat while the Anaheim fans did the wave and stuff and that was that.

 

They lost.  It was ugly.  It’s my second Rangers game of the season – the first was in Oakland – and they’ve lost both times.  Don’t say what you’re thinking because I know you’re thinking it.  I do not (do not) jinx them.  I’m seriously good luck.  The karma just, um, hasn’t itself out quite yet.  But it’s going to.  I am going to have to make it to #3 this year so I can prove the point.  Preferably a Yu start, just ‘cause.  Matt Harrison starts may or may not be out.

Also, at Angels Stadium they do something called a Bubble Cam (is this devilry unique to Anaheim?  Because I’ve never seen it before.) where they show fans on the Jumbotron and distort their faces with funhouse mirror type effects.  It was kind of a snooze until the end when… they showed Yu Darvish.  In the dugout.  With his hat all blown up and distorted.  And he laughed.  He laughed, guys.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Yu Darvish laugh before but it made my night.  I’m not usually much of a fangirl, but believe me when I say I am a Yu Darvish fangirl.

As a said, these kinds of posts go downhill fast.  Good night, people.  Catch you all tomorrow.

Diamond Girl

p.s.  Nah, we’re not talking about the Giants game.  That’s probablyreally not a good idea.

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Just a Quick Note to Say…

(Also, Matt Cain homered in today’s ongoing game.  Then Cole Hamels homered.  It’s been a pretty homer-ific handful of days over here.  Though living in an alternate LA reality as I am, I tend to doubt any of it really happened.)

Diamond Girl

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War Over (For Now)

9-0, 9-4, 3-2.  Final scores.  The Giants won the first two.  Attempt to control your gasps.

Although this morning’s game leaves a kind of sour taste in my mouth, the Giants scored twenty runs over the course of the three game series in Atlanta, which kind of feels like more runs than they’ve scored all year, combined.  Slight exaggeration, but they won the series and played basically good ball.  Sour taste is not necessary, lovelies.

One of the big storylines of this series was Melky Cabrera and Chipper Jones feuding through the media.  (Will these guys never learn that the media is, er, not the smartest way to feud?)  Summary:  Chipper thought Melky was being obnoxious with his celebrations, which Melky – much as I love him – basically was, and Melky thought he and Chipper were buddies so he was surprised Chipper would rip on him.  Media said Tim Hudson would plunk Melky in today’s game but Tim Hudson had no apparent interest in plunking Melky.  War over.  (For now.)  It’s a little bit shrug-worthy, in my opinion.  Baseball players are not really known for their tact or humility and it’s not a huge deal in any case.  I understand why the Atlanta fans would be insulted or offended and, as Bruce Bochy said, a talk is probably in order with the Melk Man, but it’s not a news story worth bumping REPORT:  A-ROD TRADED TO THE GIANTS FOR JUSTIN CHRISTIAN off the front page.   I mean, I live for those trade rumor stories.

The Giants are heading to Philadelphia next and I’m all at once nervous and excited.  This is a chance for the team to perform well in the hot weather and the second half heating up in more ways than one.  With Lincecum starting tomorrow night, that will the first and perhaps more interesting hurdle.  Rooting for him big time.  Printing out that blueberry muffins recipe as I write.  (Sadly, not kidding.)

Also, this video just made my life.

For those of you who don’t know, the way I reward myself for being a nice sister and hanging at The Little Brother’s Little League games is copious amounts of red licorice from the snack bar.  They could stop carrying everything besides that licorice and I probably wouldn’t notice.  So for me, red licorice and baseball are synonymous.  Apparently Josh Hamilton agrees.  If I were that fan, I might have died on the spot.  Not necessarily exaggerating.  I’m seeing the Angels play the Rangers in Anaheim this weekend.  If I don’t blog after the game, you know what happened.  I died because Josh Hamilton took licorice out of my very hands.

Diamond Girl

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