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Why I Don’t Want a Giants Belt Buckle

Much as I love my Texas Rangers, I do not live in Texas for a reason.  I do not like country music.  I do not like hot weather.  I do not wear belt buckles.  Horses sort of scare me.  And although I do have something of an incredible British accent, I can’t talk Texan for the life of me.  And I repeat, I do not wear belt buckles.  Not even Giant belt buckles.

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They are a fashion-faux pas.

They are really slightly bizarre.

So what is prompting my anti-belt buckle rampage?

Well, have you taken a look at the Giants 2011 promotions calendar?        

On Saturday, July 23rd (versus the Brewers, so I may actually be there) we will be treated to Country Western Night and the first 20,000 fans get a Giants belt buckle.

Where do they come up with these ideas?

If they’d promised me a coupon for a free download of Letters from Home sung by Aubrey Huff it would have gotten the same point across, but in a preferable way.  Or a DVD of The Frisco Kid, which is the only Western-ish movie I’ve even seen and that was because I am a Harrison Ford fangirl.  Or something- anything- other than a belt buckle.

Anyway.  The next day, also against the Brewers, is Fedora Day, where we all get free fedoras.  No one looks good in fedoras except A-Rod of Cam-Rod.  Even he is questionable in them.

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What is it about the Brewers inspiring the Giants to bad promotions?

I’m not even going to the touch the whole Bring Your Dog Day thing.  Been there, said that. 

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If This is What 2011 is Like, I Want 2010 Back and Why I Am Okay With the World Ending in May


Everyone is probably totally over 1-1-11, by now, but I just looked at my web stats and saw that I had 111 visitors to my blog that day.  Isn’t the just one of those things that makes you smile?  It makes me smile, at least.

Anyway.  If this is what 2011 is like, I want 2010 back.  I’m sure I’ll change my mind soon, but this year has been pretty hellish so far.  One violent cold and an undisclosed number of bowls of potato leek soup later, I’m finally ready to start the new year.  In Diamond Girl Land, it is now January 1st.  And every day is National Cupcake Day there too, because I could really use a cupcake right now.  Because aside from my cold, the endless parade of slow news day are enough to make anyone need some cupcakes.  I guess a few things did happen.

The Rangers made their deals with Webb and Rhodes official. 

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And Jon Daniels said something vaguely incoherent at the press conference.

The Giants did God-only-knows-whatever-they-do-all-offseason.

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Looks like it’s boring for Sabean too.

A-Rod sported a particularly atrocious fedora in Vegas.

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And Armageddon is coming in May.  Good thing Ashton Kutcher is ready.

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Bad shades and all.

In a little bit of good news, only 41 days until catchers and pitchers report and the 2011 season comes a little closer to reality.  Even if judgment day does come in May, we’ll get a month of the new baseball season in before then.  I am no longer afraid.

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p.s.  MLBlogs is doing that thing with the bolds again.  Sorry for the weirdness.

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Is A Sense of Style a Key to Success in Baseball?

Summer has come and passed…

September is here (yes, I am aware that I am nearly two weeks late on that particular profound observation) and I have missed an obscene number of games, in the past week and a half, but I got to watch today.  Other than today, they’ve been playing good ball, which is almost enough to lead me to believe that I jinx them when I watch/listen.  Not really.  I think fans who feel they can jinx a team are being self-centered.  Barry Zito facing his shoes directly south in his locker before a start may have an impact, but what I eat for dinner is unlikely to.

Anyway.  Through this pennant race I’ve been thinking… what really distinguishes one team from another?  Good hitting, good pitching, good defense… they’re all hard to come by, but not that hard to come by.  I’ve become especially aware of this since watching Little League games where you see plenty of physically talented kids but realize that attitude is huge.  And team chemistry, which is tremendously corny sounding but strikes me as true.  As Aubrey Huff said, “I thought last night about what Bengie said to us on the bus when he found out he had been traded and was saying goodbye: ‘You guys have something special.'”

What is the something special?  Obviously not good fashion sense.

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Aubrey Huff at the annual Play-Ball Luncheon in his famous (or should I say infamous?) purple plaid pants.

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And Brian Wilson in his not-so-famous but equally hideous turquoise shirt at the same event.  I commend him for his obvious knowledge that turquoise is the color of 2010 but… not on you, Brian.  Sorry.

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Tim Lincecum at the All-Star game.  Three words for a hat at a press conference: it ain’t cool.

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Not just a hat.  Not just a white hat.  A white hat on TV.

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My theory is supported by the fact that the Yankees are a good team but don’t know how to dress.  The sunglasses.  The handkerchief.  The pose.  

So if it’s not fashion, is it something intangible?  Or is it just who is bought with the cold, hard cash?  What really distinguishes a winning team from a losing team and at what point does a team lose their “winning team” title?

I think money and acquisitions definitely play a big part but I think there’s also a big intangible part.  I loved the part of the Stand Up 2 Cancer telethon where they talked about baseball as a miracle.  It is.  And we are watching something really miraculous unfold in San Francisco right now.  (Other miraculous thing?  I added the “cisco” part to San Fran.  That’s a first.)  I think the “It’s Magic Inside” ad campaign was remarkably on the mark.

I’m curious to hear all your opinions (not just on the clothes, on what distinguishes teams).  And I want to be in San Diego for this final game of the series.  Wearing something beautiful.  Aviator Prada sunglasses are on the top of my list.  I tried them on at Saks Fifth Avenue a few days ago and… wow.  The design of those is miraculous, too. 

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And the MLB Hair Awards Go To…

The Giants walked off against the Padres on Saturday.  Very exciting.  But what were the first words out of my brother’s mouth when the team stormed out of the dugout? 

“Look at Burrell’s hair!”

Explanation needed, right?  Because earlier in the broadcast the play-by-play guys had said that Burrell keeps his hat or helmet off in the dugout because he thinks he has the best hair in Major League baseball.  ::Alarm bells go off in Diamond Girl’s head::

 
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I couldn’t find a source on Burrell’s quote on the internet, so don’t hold me to it.  But I, of course, thought, “no way!”  So here are my MLB hair awards.

Best hair:  CJ Wilson, of the Texas Rangers

I have become a Rangers fan.  Not just ’cause of Wilson’s hair.  Bengie is there too.

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Most in Need of a Hair-Cut: Tim Lincecum, of the San Francisco Giants

Here’s the deal: Tim Lincecum has a long face.  Long face + long hair + long pants = you look long.  Which is a style, I guess, but I would at least recommend a trim, if not a serious navy cut.  I think he’d look great, like that.  He could also use shorter pants, but we’re talking hair, here, not fashion. 

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Best Electrocuted Hair: Freddy Sanchez of the San Francisco Giants

As mentioned in my last post.  Gotta wonder how much gel he uses, because it stands up even after hours under his hat.  If he ever needs a new gel, though, I could recommend some fantastic stuff that I use from time to time, to hold curls.  I’ve tried it out to spike my brother’s hair a little and it works well for that too.

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Wickedly Craziest Hair: Barry Zito of (who else?) the San Francisco Giants.

On his website bio, Zito says, “the owner of some wickedly crazy hair.”  This photo is from his website, evidently to illustrate his point. 

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Most in Need of Growing Out Hair:  Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees

Picture is from the Eclipse premiere.  Yep, the Eclipse premiere.  Is A-Rod Team Jacob or Team Edward?  I have some issues with his sunglasses as well, but again, hair not fashion.

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Most in Need of a Haircut and a Shave: Corey Hart of the Milwaukee Brewers

I could not, unfortunately find a picture of him sans hat or helmet, but this should give you a sense.

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Most in Need of a Dye-Job: Juan Uribe of the San Francisco Giants

He doesn’t just need a dye job, he needs dye job to replace this one.  Come on, why blonde hair, Oo?

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Hair: Brian Wilson of the San Francisco Giants

Hair.  Not best, not weirdest.  Just hair.  The t-shirt is fantastic as well.  It’s vote for Row.  As in Rowand.  But the goatee is basically horrible.  So ’08. 

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Okay, gals and guys.  Here we go.  Who do your hair awards go to?  They can be from any team and in any category; new categories are fine, as long as it’s someone who has spent time as a major or minor league player. 

X’s and O’s, friends.

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