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Quiz: What Baseball Fragrance Are You?

After reading that the Yankees are going to be coming out with two original perfumes later this month, which are imaginatively titled, “New York Yankees” and “New York Yankees for Her”, I got to thinking about the whole baseball-related-perfumes thing.  I, personally, am a Brit by Burberry girl and the Italian lime, icy pear, green almond, white peony, sugared almonds (cousins to cinnamon roasted almonds- obviously why I bought it), amber, mahogany, vanilla and Tonka bean notes it contains make me feel glam and British all the time.  But I admit, I nearly bought Prada’s Amber because 1) I am a Lover of All Things Prada and b) it reminded me of olives and pizza and spaghetti.  Sometimes scents that bring up particularly vivid images, especially of food, are terribly attractive to a buyer.

So what about a scent that smells like All Things Baseball?  Whatever that means to you in particular.  We’re not all garlic fries people.  And anyone can tell you that the bleachers smell completely different than a second tier box.

So!  I now present to you a Diamond Girl original, “Create Your Own Baseball Fragrance”!  Just select a option for each question and keep track on your fingers or a spare piece of paper.  Prepare to be wowed at the end.  Now you’re ready to go.

1.  What is your favorite ballpark food?

a)  A hot dog and some fries are a classic and perfect choice.

b)  The catered sushi is the best!

c)  Can’t beat a Philly cheese steak, now can you?

d)   I whet my appetite with a soda, add a hot dog with a fun blend of condiments, one serving of fries and then top it off with a few sticks of cotton candy.

2.  What is your favorite place to sit in the stadium?

a)  As long as I can see a ballgame, anywhere is fine.

b)  The suite.  Duh.

c)  The heat of the bleachers is the best!

d)  Near the concessions stands, of course.

3.  Who is your favorite player in the Major Leagues?

a)  Buster Posy of course!  I saw him in Single A Fresno and have been following him ever since.

b)  No one is classier than A-Rod himself.

c)  If he can trash-talk, I dig him.

d)  The Kung Fu Panda is loveable and a blast to watch.

4.  What is your favorite between-innings scoreboard feature?

a)  The updates about the Minor Leagues are always interesting.

b)  When the camera shows moi and the light catches my new highlights.

c)  When the camera shows me and my buddies in our chest-paint!

d)  The features about the stadium food are a lot of fun and totally make me hungry

5.  What is your favorite color?

a)  The green of freshly mowed grass.

b)  Black and white.  Very Chanel.

c)  Team colors, yo!

d)  If it looks edible, it’s good.

If you got mostly A’s, your scent is… Simply Green, by Buster Posey.  Presented by a quintessential good American ballplayer, this scent is for the fans who dig baseball games of all levels, everything from Little League to the sparkly Major Leagues.  The scent combines the fresh smell of grass with notes of that distinctive freshly ironed clothes smell.  This retro perfume will you take you back to the joys of small-town America.

If you got mostly B’s, your scent is… Bâşèbãll, by Alex Rodriguez.  You ooze sophistication and love all things chic and tailored about the game of baseball.  This scent smells like clear summer days, water and the citrus notes of icy lemonade.  Perfectly suited for everything from your suite at the ballgame to a gathering later in the evening, this perfume is endorsed by one of baseball’s best socialites.

If you got mostly C’s, your scent is… Move, by Jonathan Papelbon.  Made for the people who have an equal love of both playing and watching baseball, this scent captures the essence of the heat  and movement of sports, with a unique blend of sweat and tension that will amp you up for a hot day, whether you’re on the field or in your seat.

If you got mostly D’s, your scent is… Crimson and Gold, by Pablo Sandoval.  The Kung Fu Panda is rather partial to ketchup and mustard, so he’s the perfect guy to endorse this ballpark-food-themed scent aimed at the bleacher-sitting, seed-chewing fan.  Featuring yummy whiffs of hot dogs, garlic fries and cotton candy, this is sure to leave your friends hungry for more.

If you got a mix of all of them… Congratulations, you may be a well-adjusted and semi-normal human being!  Proceed to the mall and buy a real perfume.  xoxo.

Diamond Girl

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Awkward Moments and Vicious Cycles Galore

In other news, I have just now come to the realization that the Giants won’t play another game (okay, yes, I’m slow) until next March.  And I am sad.  And, okay, yes, that probably has something to do with the Rangers losing today.   Some days I hate baseball a lot more than I like it.

And then I watch highlights like this one- Favorite. Baseball. Moment. Of. All. Time- and like it all over again.

Vicious cycle, people.  Vicious cycle.

Diamond Girl

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Enough With the Yankee Bashing, People!

When talking about another baseball team- one you’re not a fan of- there’ s this sense of walking on eggshells, almost.   The national writers, the civilized fans, everyone, really just does their best to be courteous and cryptic when criticizing.  I mean, even within the Giants-Dodgers rivalry people basically stick to it.

But bring the slightest hint of pinstripes into the equation?  And all hell breaks loose.

It’s suddenly perfectly acceptable to be snide, rude and personal attacks are lauded by everyone else.

Look, I get to the whole underdog thing, I really do.  I see, from that perspective, I guess, why people would want the Tigers to beat the Yankees.  But what really warrants saying, “I don’t root for any team in MLB, but I always enjoy the moment the #yankees are eliminated.”  (That one came from @JeffFletcher1, editor of the A’s and Giants magazines, who, other than his Yankee bashing, is totally great.)  And that’s exactly my point.  People who try not to have allegiances or be impartial can still loathe the Yankees and be perfectly public about it.

And I really don’t get it.

Partially, I think, that’s because I’ve always basically liked the Yanks myself.  The Core Four are undeniably loveable, A-Rod is mega-fun to watch (more on that later, Roid-ers) and, yes, they’re payroll is super high.  But in the end, if they do well, it’s because they were smart as an organization and earned it.  Money can’t really buy success, in baseball and begrudging a team for being rich just seems backwards to me.

Fact is, Granderson, Cano and Gardener (among others) are really vibrant and tons of fun to watch.  They play baseball the right way, if you will, and I don’t understand hating on them for a little detail like the name on the front of their uniforms.

And then there is A-Rod, of course.  There seem to be very few Rodriguez fans out there, but I am one, actually.  I get the whole steroid thing and despise that as much as the next person, but I think plenty of people have done/are doing them.  He’s become something of a scapegoat, because of how good he is, probably.  But what I really hear is people picking on his persona, on the fact that he has dated Kate Hudson, Cameron Diaz et al.  That weirds me out because though he does have a bit of a celebrity persona, he doesn’t court that.  Compared to, say, the obnoxious, attention-begging persona of Brian Wilson, what is A-Rod?  I don’t think he’s a role model or a perfect guy, by any stretch of the imagination.  But at this point I basically respect him and enjoy watching him.  I think I get why everyone hates him, but I disagree with it.

Today, there was this article from one of my favorite writers, Mychael Urban of csnbayarea.com, titled “A-Rod the Nimrod”, which was basically 200 words to say, We hate him.  Plenty of other people, who have never even had an injury history, pull the injury card and no one breathes a word.  

I know that the Yankees are hated and that’s history and I’m not going to change anyone’s opinions.  And that’s okay.  But whatever happened to civility, people?

Diamond Girl

p.s.  I am not in the habit of dedicated posts but this one goes out to The Person Who Wanted Me To Write This.  You know who you are and I will never let anyone pick on the Yankees around you again.

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My Grizzly Birthday!

Let’s just say we had some quality entertainment on the way down to Fresno.


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It was maddening and riveting at the same time and I can’t say I cried when Wilson blew the save.  My team spirit when he’s pitching basically disappears.  Can’t bring myself to root for him.  But when Rowand walked-off?  Oh yes.  I was cheering.

The game actually didn’t seem that weird to me.  The 2010 Giants did that kind of thing a whole lot and Wilson was, of course, totally torturous.  During the postseason, they blew past everyone but the team doesn’t usually do things the easy way.  And that can get ugly.  Not to be a downer, or anything. 

I’ll also admit that I’ve never watched a banner raising before, but that one was beautifully executed.  And the banner, when it was folded up, looked exactly like the fleece Giants blanket I made a while back.  And how many times do you think they practiced the cueing of We Are the Champions to get it right?  Because it was so right.

Anyway.  Fresno.  It was great.  Really, really, great and totally different.  We were two rows from the field, by the bullpen and it was so quiet you could probably have heard a pin drop.  The fans don’t cheer.  Ever so occasionally, they whistle (that’s trendy, I guess) but the PA’s attempts to get cheers going were totally in vain.  It really refocused the game, though, and I could hear Jackson Williams (catching in the bullpen) and an unidentified person who was spotting them talking which was entertainment in and of itself.  It was a pretty tight game but the Grizzlies lost to the Las Vegas 51s 4-1.  Emmanuel Burriss who was tearing it up and, frankly, just looks like a big leaguer, set a Grizzlies record with four stolen bases in one game. 

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It was absolutely freezing (what else is new?) and we spent most of the game discussing how Brian Sabean/Bobby Evans/Other Front Office People get down there from San Fran.  Because it’s a long drive.  I kind of think they have a rock star decked out helicopter.  Of maybe they just use the airport.

I did have one big problem with the game and that was the trivia question near the beginning:

Which Grizzly went to the Pirates in the Javier Lopez trade?

I’ll tell you which Grizzly.  The one who I changed my background to Pirates-themed for, for a day, because I am such a huge fan.  Joe Martinez.  They didn’t have to bring that up.  It’s an emotional subject for me.  The question was multiple choice and one of the answers was Eugenio Velez and the PA guy pronounced it Ay-oo-gene-ee-o.  Do you think he did that every night when Velez was there?  Because that would have driven me insane.

This was my first minor league game and two things really struck me.

First, that these guys are so close to being Major Leaguers- plenty of them have been called up sometime- and still they are in a totally different stratosphere down there.  Why is everyone so uninterested?  There’s a really fine line between these guys and MLB players.

Secondly, they didn’t seem huge into team spirit.  Which makes sense, but felt strange anyway.  Neither team seemed that interested in who was winning.  I guess it’s really about individual player performance (which, of course, include teamwork.  Just doesn’t depend on the team winning.) but it still bizarre to watch.

It was really a lovely birthday and felt deliciously old style.  Like that stadium experience might have been that way, way back when.

 

Flowers and birthdays are a match made in heaven.

Catch y’all later.  The (discriminatory) Orange and Black Attack Team are rocking tuxes and that is big news. 

Diamond Girl

p.s.  Cliffy and A-Rod’s year book photos?  Too cute.

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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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