Monthly Archives: July 2012

Buster Posey Being Buster Posey

I shouldn’t have worried so much.  The Giants had that down, obviously.  Then again, my worrying did create this, so no complaints there.

 

Yes, they were every bit as delicious as they look, if I do say so myself.  And the Giants were every bit as wonderful as the box score might imply.  Nine runs in the actually-tolerable Atlanta weather (77 at gametime, aka miracle) and Barry Zito pitched not at all like a melting ice cream cone, in addition to driving in a run and altogether making me wonder how I ever complained about him.  Buster Posey was kind of the star of the show – there were a lot of stars, but he was one of the big ones – driving in five runs on three hits.  As noted yesterday, Atlanta is close to home for him and family and friends come to watch him droves, so his performance was fantastic in more ways than one.

A tidy 2.0 has turned into an even tidier 3.0, which is the biggest lead the Giants have had in nearly a year, if memory serves me right, so basically everything is golden right now.  This roadtrip is off to a much better start than the, um, last one.   Much better.

The one piece of bad news from the game was Hector Sanchez’s injury.  He was placed on the 15-day DL today with a leg injury and Eli Whiteside is on a plane to join the team in Atlanta as I write.  A lot of people seem terribly dismayed by this and while it’s certainly not good news, I am inclined to think the drop-off in production from the backup catcher is not going to be all that tremendous.  Is Whiteside likely to tear it up?  Nah.  He batted .197 last year.  This year, Sanchez is batting .281.  That’s clear enough, but I still think Whiteside will be just fine for the team for a couple weeks.  Also, with Buster Posey Being Buster Posey, it may or may not make a terribly huge difference.

If it does, there are always blueberry muffins to be made.  It’s been too long since I’ve done those.

Diamond Girl

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Red Velvet Cupcakes, Atlanta and Jonathan Sanchez’s Magic Leather Jacket

During the 2010 season, I baked a lot of cupcakes.  A lot, a lot.  I pretty much had cupcakes coming out of my ears during that year.  At the time, I told myself it was about the baking.  Looking back now at my fragile psychological state, I realize it was never about the cupcakes.  (The first step is admitting you have a problem, y’know.)  It was about the Torture with a Capital T.  See, when I get nervous and frazzled, I bake.  Tons.  Tons.

Which is why I’m feeling a strange sense of déjà vu as I stare at the red velvet cupcake recipe printed and sitting next to me on my desk.  I tell myself that I am longing for red velvet cupcakes, but it’s also worth noting that the Giants are starting off a key, six-game roadtrip later this afternoon against the Braves.  And yeah, I’m nervous.  And yeah, I’m baking.

Can I just talk out my fears?  You don’t mind, do you?

a)      Barry Zito will melt.  He’s been known to go all ice-cream-cone-in the-sun-on-us.  This is not irrational.

b)      We’ll, like, get no-hit.  These things happen.  And Buster Posey’s entire extended family/every person he’s ever met in his life will probably be there, because they always are when the Giants hit Atlanta.  That would be embarrassing, guys.

c)       My red velvet cupcakes will taste like vinegar.  All the recipes I’ve looked at have cider vinegar in them.  I’m told cider vinegar is sweeter than normal vinegar, but I can’t get the theoretical taste of a cupcake with Balsamic vinegar out of my head.  Speaking of embarrassing.

d)      The beautiful round number of 2.0 games ahead of the Dodgers will shrink.

e)      Jonathan Sanchez, in a jealous rage after being DFA’d by the Royals, will get out his Magic Leather Jacket and place a curse on the Giants so they can never wear chic clothes again and, somewhat less importantly, lose.

f)       Hector Sanchez, seeing they are away and there is no chance at a walk-off, will decide to go 0’fer.  Just because.

Whew.  That feels better.  Thanks for listening.  You guys are the best.  Must go make cupcake frosting now.  xoxo.

Diamond Girl

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Sweeping the Astros Has Upsides and Downsides, Evidently

So, this happened.

The Giants have started off the second half with a bang, sweeping the non-pesky Astros in a three game series and taking hold of first place over the also non-pesky Dodgers.  That would make me happy under any circumstances but since I am heading down to Los Angeles for a family event later this week, it’s pretty much put me in full on the-world-is-a-beautiful-place-and-I-love-absolutely-everyone mode.  (Sweeping the Astros has upsides and downsides, evidently.)  Family event, see, means lots of Dodger fans.  Lots of Dodger fans.  Dodger fans everywhere.  (In addition to a lone Mariners fan, but he’s irrelevant.)  It is, therefore, of the utmost importance that the Giants hold on to a tidy division lead through my trip there so I can quietly – or non-quietly, as the case may be – gloat.

It sure looks like they will.  They’re not doing everything or blowing the competition out the water, but they’re doing enough of the little things right.  They’re playing neater baseball and Tim Lincecum came through in a huge way last night, in what might have been a start for his spot.  Bochy, in typical Bochy fashion, was oblique about what would have happened if he’d struggled, but he’s staved that off, if only for a little while.  Hector Sanchez one again proved his affection for walk-off hits and although Melky Cabrera is on paternity leave, the rest of the team actually hit.  Enough to score runs.  Enough to win games.  It’s been a pretty fab second half so far.

On Tuesday, East Coast Roadtrip 2.0 will get started, with the Giants hitting Atlanta and Philly.  In the visiting-them sense, but also, hopefully, in the hitting-off-of-them sense.  Since East Coast Roadtrip 1.0 was pretty much a disaster all around, there’s a lot riding on this one.  Although there’s obviously a while to go until the postseason, pulling ahead in July can big indeed later on.  Three in a row is making good things look pretty possible at the moment.

I told you I was spouting optimism.  I better go before I start reminiscing fondly of the days when Miguel Tejada and Aaron Rowand peppered the Giants field.  I was reminded of them when I experimented with MLB the Show ’11 yesterday and played as the Grizzlies against the ’11 Giants.  Let’s just say a Grizzly I’d never heard of took Tim Lincecum deep into the Allegheny River beyond PNC Park.  Video games are strange.  And no, I’m do not really have fond memories of Miguel Tejada and Aaron Rowand.  Not even close.  Even this breed of optimism has limits.

Diamond Girl

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The Second Half and Stuff

So… this place looks pretty different, you noticed?  Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend has migrated off of the MLBlogs templates, due to some issues with the advertising.  You can still find the blog at the same URL (duh, you’re here) but it’s just going to look a li’l different.  It’s a work-in-progress, but if you have any comments or suggestions as to the design, feel free to drop them in the comments (in a friendly and non-internet-troll-like way).  I am kind of digging it, though.  Aside from the fact that my header photo could read as either “The torture stops here,” or “The torture shops here.”  I see that as a subtle warning that I talk a lot about shopping, in addition to being a baseball blog.

In somewhat less important news, the second half starts today!  (Too. Excited. For. Words.)  The pesky Astros are in town tonight and Madison will be taking the mound.  It’s nearly two o’clock and the fog still hasn’t burned off, so I think the Giants are in for a nice shock from those last few East Coast games.  I have long hypothesized, although I have no cool and groundbreaking stats to back this up, that the cold weather is the secret ingredient to this team winning everything all the time and am hoping to be proven right tonight. 

The Giants are half a game out of first place heading into the second half and in many ways the first half was full of highs – Melky Cabrera, need I say more? – but a lot of the discussion over this break has been about Lincecum.  Bochy has altered his stance from the rest of the season and hinted at skipping Timmy if he struggles in his next start.  Honestly, it’s hard to imagine that Lincecum won’t struggle.  I’ve said before and I will say again that I still believe Lincecum is having a down year and that doesn’t mean much for his career in general, but this is getting unproductive; this practice of sending him out and just hoping for the best.  I don’t think it would be a bad thing to skip him and reassess.  At the moment, the Giants are competitors in a big way and Lincecum is not helping that.  If skipping him is what it takes, I think that makes sense all around. 

In other news, the second half starting on Friday the 13th means it’s going to be the best second half ever.  I’ve moved on from positive affirmations to reverse psychology.  Things like Friday the 13th being a day of good luck.  This new stance served me well so far.  For the fifteen seconds or so that I’ve been employing it.

Diamond Girl

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Sit Back, We’ve Got This – Love, The San Francisco Giants

83rd MLB All Star Game is in the books and what an All Star Game it was.  It was basically the Sit Back, We’ve Got This – Love, The San Francisco Giants Game and it couldn’t have been more fun to sit back and watch.  For us fans and for everyone else on the NL squad.  Not that Ryan Braun didn’t put on a bit of a show (remember his completely unnecessarily dramatic catch in ’09?  No?  You’re not the president of the Ryan Braun Fan Club like I am?) and combined, the National League pitchers held the explosive American League lineup scoreless, which is pretty darn impressive.

Still, it was the Giants night.  Maybe it was inspired by Sandy Alderson’s, ahem, well-thought out comments or maybe they just do well in Kansas City.  Buzzing Selig.  We need the AL Central in Interleague Play next season.

The music was all country and all atrocious, I had the unsquashable urge to yell “Clown question, bro,” every time Bryce Harper poked his head onto the screen and my belief that pinstripes are the most fab uniform ever was affirmed when Jeter and Cano and Granderson took the field.  I was also wearing borderline pinstripes of my own.  I think the people at H&M are secretly Yankee fans because they sell loads of clothes with pinstripes and then how can I possibly resist buying them?  (I can’t, in case you’re wondering.)

Home field advantage is now safely resting on the NL side for 2012 and I can’t lie, this whole All Star break has got me craving the postseason.  And autumn food.  Pumpkins and cinnamon and… yeah.  Mostly the playoffs, not the food, trust me.

Also!  For those of you who have read this blog when the Marlins are in town (if you haven’t, catch up here), you know the whole “Marlins and the trout” thing.  I swore it off after repeating it, oh, five thousand times but when Sergio Romo tweeted this photo yesterday from his Tahoe vacay, I couldn’t resist.

See, according to Sean Parker logic, people don’t hang a photo of themselves with a trout over their fireplace – they want to show off the 20 ton marlin or whatever.  Since Twitter is a virtual over-your-fireplace, my world = shaken.  Because this picture is him with a trout.  People aren’t supposed to want to display that.  Just excuse me while I reorient my world view.  I’ll be back tomorrow.

Diamond Girl

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