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Why I Think AJ Preller is in Mongolia and Baby Giraffe Refers to a Viral Video of a Yawning Giraffe

I decided it was time to escape from the torture and I was missing my Texans terribly, so I snuck off to the O.Co Coliseum this morning and spent the day there.

It all started off very well, blow-out style, with the A’s walking in a run in the first and I was perfectly prepared to sit back and eat french fries that, yes, tasted a bit like gasoline. Then things got a li’l tense. Make that very tense. Eventually, the Rangers untied it in top of the 9th and after an iffy bottom, I went home with a heart rate slightly elevated and a 7-6 victory. They won and the Angels lost, which is the bottom line, but couldn’t they have just done it 10-0 or something, for this long-suffering San Fran’er?

I do have to the give the Rangers credit, though. They were the sweetest away team I’ve ever seen and I got an autograph from the former Best Hair in the MLB King, CJ Wilson (he might get that crown back, because now I’ve seen the hair up close) and their adorable pitching coach, Mike Maddux, the owner of a rather impressive mustache. Josh Hamilton also gave a bat away to a kid (the word is that he does that at every game) and signed for nearly 20 minutes, which is not exactly easy with the A’s dugouts. He was totally personable and nice to everyone. Love that guy.

The Maddux ‘Stache

I was secretly sneaking glances around, trying to spot AJ Preller (Rangers Senior Director, Player Personnel and former frat brother of Jon Daniels) but I figure he was probably on the Mongolian planes or something scouting around for awesome talent, not hanging in Oakland so I didn’t spot him. Better luck next time, when the appeal of throat singing has worn off, maybe.

Anyhow, I got home and saw a lot of things about a “Baby Giraffe”. At first I thought it was a viral video of a baby giraffe yawning or something (not irrational of me, there are loads) and then I realized that it actually had to do with one Brandon Belt. He, eh, hit two home runs. I don’t need to explain what that all means. Belt has been mismanaged this year no question, I think, but what’s done is done. I want to see way more out of him like that. The Giants are still very much in contention and if Brandon can help out with that, fabulous. I, for one, or maybe one million, am very glad he’s here. And glad to have a taken a series. (Taken a series! How foreign and fantastic that feels to type.)

And I finally got to test out a line I’ve waited a long time for. When the A’s mascot walked by, I was all, “Can somebody get this walking carpet out of my way?” Just, you know, channeling my inner Princess Leia.

Diamond Girl

p.s. When Alexi Ogando walked by, I nearly fainted. And when Mike Adams walked by? My mind screamed, “Giant killer!”. But my face just smiled politely, in case you were wondering.

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An AL West Moment

First. 99 games left? Does that really mean we’ve played 63? Time flies when you’re having fun.

So I was just going about my business (reading tweets, that is) when “Bob Geren relieved of his managing duties with the Athletics” popped up. I was shocked. It’s not that the idea of firing him surprised me. People have been calling for it/predicting it for a long, long time. I was just surprised that the A’s took the plunge and did it. And I admire that. Personally? I liked Geren. And I don’t think firing the manager is really the answer to a team’s problems. But it may be an answer. And it does, to me, demonstrate some sort of resolve and commitment to moving forward and competing. Happy travels to Bob in the future.

Speaking of travels… Bob and his wife nail airport style here. I love her coat. And his tie.

Speaking of the AL East. Have you, uh, checked out Alexi Ogando? He’s 7-0. With a 2.10 ERA. Which is really something, especially considering that this is his first year as a starting pitcher and he’s come on a long, long road to get here. Read a great article about his journey here. I hasn’t been very well publicized or much talked about, but it’s fascinating. And Ogando has been absolutely dominant this year, putting the Rangers in first place, seven games (seven Alexi games?) above .500.

My “I do that too!” moment? Nyjer Morgan hit a walk-off hit for the Brewers yesterday against the dismal Mets (not so dismal! The Nationals are behind them!), but thought it was the eighth. The other day I did the exact same thing at a Little League game. Except, well, I wasn’t batting or anything. I just collected my coat and blankets (yes, blankets) and started to leave. Not so different, right?

Diamond Girl

p.s. You think Bieber would do me a favor and take off the Rangers cap?

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