Monthly Archives: October 2012

One Parade, Lots of Confetti and a Few Photos

What amazingly lucky fans we are.  I’ve gotten to blog about two World Series wins and now, two World Series parades.  I want to pinch myself, because that is marvelous and crazy.  Hats off to the 2012 Giants – an absolutely wonderful team that will leave us with memories for years to come.

After the parade was over, we got to walk down the middle of Market and confetti fell like snow.  Truly magical.

And why yes, I am carrying a coffee cup in each hand in my photo-op with The Adorable Little Brother.  No parade would be complete without two coffees.  Money on Hunter Pence agreeing with me.

Diamond Girl

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Ryan Theriot and Punk and Elephant Jewelry

The parade is tomorrow which kind of takes I am so there to a whole new level – hopefully so there, if I can finagle my way out of all the things I’m supposed to be doing at 11am tomorrow morning, of course – and I may or may not be wearing a pair of reindeer antlers because a) it’s Halloween and b) Yu Darvish would be proud of me and c) that’s my playoff tradition, the end.

Everything’s still sinking in for me and there’ll be ample time to dissect it all later, but today I just wanted to post an excerpt from the absolutely marvelous article on Bay Area Sports Guy today:  The unlikely hero worship of Ryan Theriot.

See, Theriot scored that winning run for average guys everywhere. I can’t relate to Posey’s pure abilities, or Pablo’s power hitting or Cain’s perfect pitching. I can relate to being knocked down. I can relate to being replaced. I can relate to not hanging my head and coming through when it counts.

Plenty of folks will buy their Scutaro jerseys to remember this year’s championship. I can’t blame them. It makes perfect sense. But I’m weird, so maybe I’ll get myself a Theriot jersey instead. I don’t really care how people look at me or how obscure it is; I’ll never forget the quiet, harious hero that lifted the Giants to a 2012 title.

Isn’t it true?  I would say we should all go out and buy Theriot jerseys, except that would kind of ruin the alternativeness of it all.  As Berkeley boy Billie Joe Armstrong once said, “A guy walks up to me and asks ‘What’s punk?’, so I kick over a garbage can and say ‘That’s punk!’.  So he kicks over a garbage can and says ‘That’s punk?’ and I say ‘No, that’s trendy.”  The Ryan Theriot jersey is now the virtual equivalent of kicking over garbage cans and wearing elephant jewelry (hello, my soulmates who did that too) and whatnot.

Still, none of that changes the undeniable amazingness of Ryan Theriot.  He is just a deadlock to do something GIF-able tomorrow, isn’t he?

Diamond Girl

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A Sense of Inevitability

Nearly 24 hours ago, now, the Giants became World Champions.  It always takes me a little while to collect my thoughts after a game like that, because there is so much to be said.  First of all…

Congratulations to the 2012 San Francisco Giants.

Not only are they World Champions, but they are a group of guys I could not be happier for.  To a man, they are all class acts and the kind of people I want to root for.  This team captured my heart in every way, even more than that 2010 team.  I mean, how on earth could you not be thrilled for Sergio Romo when he got to pitch the last one of the game?  How could you not be elated for Ryan Theriot (THE RIOT) and Marco Scutaro when they combined for the winning run in the 10th inning?

Just a magical, unexpected season – at least to me, maybe some of you wizkids expected it – and it’s still a little surreal to think it’s over.  The most amazing part to me, perhaps, is what Henry Schulman at the Chronicle called “a sense of inevitability” when the Giants had a commanding seven game lead with nineteen left to play.  That phrase stuck with me.  There was a moment when that inevitability began to set in during the regular season and to me, it never quite left.  Even against the wall versus Cincinnati and then against St. Louis.

When #RallyZito hit the scene, it took it to a whole new level: there was no way they could lose.  And they did not let us down.  They did not lose a game after that.  It was not luck.  This was quietly a very, very good team.  The best in the Major Leagues, in fact.

I think I’ll remember this as the postseason of rain, but also for the opponents we faced.  The Reds and Cardinals obviously put up quite a fight and I am sure, even as a Giants fan, the Tigers are better than they played.  See you next year, Motor City, because I have a feeling you’ll be back.

Lastly, I would like to thank all you marvelous people for following along through this season.  It’s always bittersweet when it comes to an end, even though this one is more sweet than bitter.  Still, it’s been a wonderful ride and not least of all for all your comments and tweets.  I am an enthusiastic offseason blogger, though, so you won’t have a chance to miss me.

See you all parading down Market on Wednesday – I will hopefully be a few inches taller than I am now.

Diamond Girl

p.s.  I will never stop using this GIF.

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That Magic Number is One

The Giants are a win away from winning 2012 World Series.  And they are having a damn good time, while they’re at it.

Too jittery and excited to write much more.  But if we’re real lucky and we have a parade in San Francisco in a few days, I’d like a little advance notice, because I need to grow a few inches before it takes place.  Being short is no fun at parades.

In other news, I am absolutely dressing up as Hunter Pence Crazy Eyes for Halloween.  Not sure how I’m going to pull that one off, but it will be fabulous when it comes to pass.

Diamond Girl

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The Evils of Consumerism On an Off Day

As you guys know, I have a love-hate relationship with off days.  Aside from them being necessary because of travel and whatever, they’re hard on us fans.  The World Series is intense and a day away from it, while it should be relaxing, just leaves ample time for us all to go stir crazy.   (On which note, anyone else see World War III break out on Twitter today about sabermetrics and the Giants?  As I said.  Stir crazy.)

The Giants are up 2-0 in the series, which is obviously the best way to go into an off day.  A little feeling of confidence is unavoidable (not to mention, wonderful) but this team has come from behind to steal too many series’ this season for me to write off the Tigers.

Madison Bumgarner helped out the cause quite a bit with a stellar performance last night, making us all basically feel like slackers, because he’s 23 and he’s already pitched in two World Series game, not to mention he has a World Series ERA of… 0.00.

Do those zeros look like googly eyes to you?  Because they do to me.  Googly eyes like, “Holy crap, how did we get this lucky?”

The series heads to freezing Detroit now, so it seems only fitting to give full disclosure that I absolutely have a Detroit complex.  See, the Bay Area part of me doesn’t fall prey to the evils of consumerism and advertising, but… I am a complete sucker for those Chrysler commercials.

My sources tell me Detroit is not nearly that pretty (understatement of the year?  Perhaps.), but still.  I hope FOX does some pretty shots of the city.  With that completely awesome slow-mo camera of theirs, maybe?  A girl can dream.  A girl can also have nightmares.  Which I have had about that awesome slow-mo camera of theirs.

Diamond Girl

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