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On Predestination and Josh Hamilton

Exciting day, no?!  The General Manager Meetings are starting tomorrow in Southern California and while nothing really ever happens at the GM Meetings it’s still an offseason highlight, because it’s baseball related, you know.  And there’s not enough of that right now.

What?  There was an election?  Oh.  That’s kind of exciting, I guess.  Not nearly as exciting as the GM Meetings, though.  It’s pretty much party time if you are a) a GM b) a blogger who likes GMs (that is, yours truly – I’m sorta of the only one).  I have no idea what Sabean is up to these days, but I figure he’ll probably be very prominently wearing his World Series ring from 2010, because he doesn’t get that many opportunities to show that to Jon Daniels, right?

In Jon Daniels news, he announced that Alexi Ogando is going to be back in the rotation next year which I wholeheartedly agree with.  Now if he would just hurry up and run for president with Yu Darvish as his VP, there would be magic sparkles and candy for all.  Only partially kidding.

I don’t except we’ll hear any substantial Josh Hamilton news for a good long while, but it’s sure to be one of the big ones on the rumor mill this week and going forward.  I mean, hasn’t it been the biggest one on the rumor mill since, like, July?  I remember perfectly legitimate baseball sites putting out stories that he was coming to the Giants this past summer, which kind of freaked me out because if that was preordained all those months ago, then I seriously doubt I have any say in what I wear tomorrow.  There’s logic in there somewhere.

Anyhow, I have broccoli and guacamole to attend to so there is nothing keeping me here.  Catch you all later.

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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The Rough Spot Strategies

Hello, hello!  Yep, that was me who said on Saturday that I thought “the Giants were coming into their own”.  Needless to say, by that I did not mean “were going to very nearly get no-hit by the Rangers bullpen”.  Yesterday’s game was just ugly.

I was excited about Alexi Ogando starting for the Rangers and figured if he shut down the Giants offense, I wouldn’t be too torn up about it, because he’s pretty much my favorite pitcher ever.  And he did do rather well, but then… he injured himself running out a bunt in the fourth before he’d reached his designated pitch count (65) and is now probably headed to the DL.  Also, Tim Lincecum now has the fourth-worst ERA in the National League and Aubrey Huff got the Giants first hit of the game, pinch-hitting in the sixth.

Ouch does not even begin to cut it.

The Giants have fallen to five games back from the Dodgers and the Rangers only narrowly lead the American League West by three games.  Additionally, Texas has won just one more game than San Francisco overall.  Did anyone see that one coming?  The plot has most certainly thickened.  (Also, who predicted that the White Sox would be super awesome this year?  If you say, “I did,” I do not believe you for a second.  Sorry, guys.)

The biggest story out of the weekend, I think, is Timmy, as mentioned above.  He is not looking good.  He is not even looking better.  There is the occasional encouraging sign here and there, but mostly, he is just not helping the Giants, period.  The numbers about their record without his starts is pretty mind-boggling, at least to me.  It’s June 11th and the season has not just started.  Very simply, every starter makes a big, big difference and the difference Lincecum is making is negative.  But as much as that’s all statically inarguable, I wonder how much good it does to repeat it over and over.

For the time being, the Giants have placed a lot of trust in Lincecum (not to mention the money) and the likelihood is, in my opinion, that to get to the playoffs and beyond, they would need him to help them out.  A lot of people are calling for them to skip him for one start and while that could help, I think there is something to be said for just hitting a rough spot.  Sometimes, the best way to get out of those is to simply keep moving.  Other options:

  1. Eating aforementioned player alive.
  2. Burning aforementioned player alive (could work with #1, theoretically).
  3. Tarring and feathering aforementioned player alive.
  4. Trading aforementioned player to the Kansas City Royals.  (Hihi, Jonathan Sanchez and Jonathan Sanchez’s walks.)

There will come a point when it’s not productive for anyone to keep sending Lincecum out, but I don’t think we’re there yet.  The Bud Selig G—I mean, the All Star Game isn’t even here yet.  Which reminds me, I gotta go vote.  I still have not worked up the motivation.  I mean, what would you choose if you could vote for the ASG or make apple cinnamon muffins?

I know.  I agree.  The apple cinnamon muffins.

Diamond Girl

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13-Minute Cupcakes and Assorted Rangers Pitchers

When I looked at the probable pitchers for this weekend’s Rangers-Giants series, I was disappointed.  If Twitter is any measure of the general population’s opinions (which it, well, isn’t, but no matter), a lot of other people were too.  Why?  Because we all wanted to see Yu.  Not you.  You’re awesome and all, and it’s not you it’s me… but I’m talking Yu Darvish.  Because he is pretty much the best thing to happen to Major League Baseball since Ryan Braun’s haircut.  When I saw, then, that he was starting in Oakland today, my fingers were on StubHub in record time and soon enough, I had tickets and had suckered my family into dropping everything and coming with me.  I have a delightful family, on occasion.

I got to the O.Co Coliseum sort of, um, early because apparently they open the gates an hour and a half before gametime, rather than two full hours, like they generally do in civilized pla— I mean, AT&T Park.  I’ve never been to Arlington, Texas but I imagine it’s something like it was in Oakland today.  Rangers.  Fans.  Everywhere.  It was kind of weird, but kind of fantastic.

Anyhow, for reasons I discovered and will explain later, My Favorite Ranger Ever (as much as I love Yu, this one goes to Alexi Ogando) was throwing a bullpen session when I did get into the stadium.  I was, oh, four feet away from him and it ranks up there in Greatest Moment of Emily’s Life, right up with the time I made cupcakes from scratch in just under thirteen minutes.  True story.

Pictures or it didn’t happen, you say?  Okay, I say.  I will gladly oblige.

Also, isn’t their Rangers-themed ball bag the cutest thing on earth?  I want one.  Even though I don’t really tote around baseballs.  Ever.  Still, I bet it could double as a fab makeup bag.

I would once more like to say thankyouAJPrelleryouarethebestandsoisAlexitheend.

The game itself was not nearly as fun.  Yu was not in tiptop Yu shape and sort of seemed to forget where the strike zone was, midway through.  Josh Hamilton, in good ol’ Josh Hamilton fashion, hit a double and Beltre singled him in, for the only Rangers run of the game.  I like the A’s just fine under normal circumstances… normal circumstances being when they are not scoring seven runs off of Texas.  I glowered into my avocado sandwich for a while and then the Yu jokes started and I had a good time.

All with one eye, of course, on the out-of-town scoreboard.  Yes, guys, I’m still a Giants fan, believe it or not!  It was getaway day in San Diego and the Giants had their first three-homer game since the beginning of April at Coors Field and they, you know, have a humidor and things so that doesn’t really count.  Today, it was the magical and marvelous combo of Buster Posey, Gregor Blanco and Angel Pagan.  Good times, eh?  The Giants head into this weekend’s matchup with the exact same record as the Rangers, by some fate:  33 wins, 25 losses.

To say I cannot wait would be a massive understatement.  Sure, my loyalties are a bit messy, but the games are also sure to be loads of fun.  And yes, Alexi is starting on Sunday, in place of newly-DL’ed Derek Holland.  Which is why he was throwing a bullpen.  So he can mow down the Giants.  Yep, messy loyalties, indeed.

Diamond Girl

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In Case You Ever Wondered What An Eugenio Velez in a Toy Shop Is Like…

Baseball Sundays are just the best, aren’t they?  The Giants won very tidily in Arizona today, by a final of 7-3 and got loads of hits in the process.  14, to be precise.  Is that the best or is that the best?  After such an up-and-down couple of weeks, a game that just goes down nicely is an anomaly and a welcome one, at that.  Gregor Blanco and Brett Pill were the stars of the show and Barry Zito squeezed out a quality start, too.  It is games like these that make you think – or, at least, hope – that the squad can work things out.  It may not be neat, but it may work.  They are back at .500 with 17 wins and 17 losses and they are six games out from the first place Dodgers.  Not terribly shabby for May 13th.  I think we may make it out alive, after all.

I am watching the Rangers (hopefully) rip through the Angels on ESPN, so I have to get going, but I would like to leave you with this two Mother’s Day stories.  This first one comes from the Giants official blog about former Giant Eugenio Velez and it’s a smile-worthy story.

“Pura Eugenia Vancamper named her son after herself, and they always had a particularly close bond. She knew early on that baseball had a hold on him. When she let her three children choose a toy one day at a store, her older son chose a truck, her daughter a doll and Eugenio, still just a toddler, went straight for the plastic bat and ball. She tried to talk him into a tricycle but he insisted on the bat and ball.”

This story, about Texas’ Alexi Ogando, is also wonderfully heart-warming.

“It took five years for that second chance to come, but it did come, and there came a day last July when Fefa Ogando was not cooking in San Pedro de Macoris. She was riding in a truck through Phoenix streets that were lined with baseball fans. Her son was on the back of the truck during the Red Carpet Parade on his way to his first All-Star Game at Chase Field, and the fans were shouting ‘Ogando! Ogando!’

Fefa Ogando turned to Rangers broadcaster Eleno Ornelas and said, ‘They know my son’s name! I can’t believe it. Thank you so much for talking me into coming here!’”

Lastly, of course, our very own Gregor Blanco dedicated his fantastic game to his mother, who passed away six years ago.  Bittersweet, but mostly sweet.  A very lovely day around Major League baseball.  Totally talking about the mother stories, but did I also mention that Nelson Cruz just hit a grand-slam in Texas?  Yes.  A lovely day.

Diamond Girl

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