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Well, I Stopped Boycotting The All Star Game + Another Awkward Jon Daniels/Michael Young Conversation

I boycotted All Star voting for a while because I wanted to make a point about the whole World-Series-home-field-advantage thing, but then I saw who was leading the voting and realized the world is insane and can’t be trusted to choose , because if given the chance it will choose endless Red Sox.  (Incidentally, we have the Giants PR partially to blame for that, because of their extremely odd “vote Giants/Red Sox campaign.)  So I got mad and voted.  Opinion seems to be divided on whether people should share who/what they vote for in general, but I figure this is just the All Star Game (yes, Bud, I said just) so I’m sharing my ballot (which, yes, I submitted 25 times). 

You all need to go vote.  And I wouldn’t object to you copying my ballot or anything.  The only one I’m not sure about now is Michael Young, because every time my father sees him he says to me, “Good thing Jon Daniels didn’t mess that up!” and you can just imagine (or read here) how I feel about that.  So if he makes it into the ASG, I’ll be hearing that comment a lot.  JD and Michael never aired their dirty laundry in public, but I have to wonder what their conversations go like when they run into each other in the tunnels or something.  I imagine something like this:

JD:  Michael!  Nice batting average you got there.  (JD probably adds something here about siddin’ down and talking about it, because his One Phrase is always “sidown and talk about it”.

MY:  (Gives dirty look) Thanks.  (Mutters) I still want to be traded…

JD:  Mmmmhhhhmmm.  Well, I gotta get going.  See you around!

MY:  (Mutters) I still want to be traded…

JD:  Bye!

Anyway.  My All Star ballot.

American League:

1B – Moreland, Mitch

2B – Kinsler, Ian

SS – Andrus, Elvis

3B – Rodriguez, Alex

C – Torrealba, Yorvit

DH – Young, Michael

OF – Crisp, Coco

OF – Cruz, Nelson

OF – Hamilton, Josh

Write-in – N/A

National League:

1B – Pujols, Albert

2B – Sanchez, Freddy

SS – Reyes, Jose

3B – Sandoval, Pablo

C – Molina, Yadier

OF – Braun, Ryan

OF – Huff, Aubrey

OF – Torres, Andres

Write-in – N/A

Go vote, now.  It’s your moral/legal/something else obligation.

Diamond Girl

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Diamond Girl’s Retrospective of the 2010 Season

(Quickly… looking through the This Year in Baseball Awards and it’s so much fun to relive it all.  Armando Galarraga.  I’d forgotten about that, can you believe it?  Roy Oswalt in left.  Ichiro and a teenage girl being the ultimate Teenage Girl.  Dallas Braden’s perfect game.  So many fun moments.  Anyway.  Two quick things.  I’ll try to keep them quick.  First- I saw the Ryan Braun’s catch against the Giants on September 17th is one of the top plays.  To be honest, I’d forgotten all about that too but now I’m remembering what a fun day, a highlight of the 2010 season, it was for me.  And how perfect it was for Ryan to make that catch.  Needless to say, I held my “I Love U, Ryan Braun” sign high.  I’m also campaigning for Jon Daniels for Executive of the Year.  If any of you live in or spend time in Berkeley, you’ll know that someone named Josh Daniels was running for school board in the last election, so there were signs for him all over.  Couldn’t we, in true Bay Area sprit, recycle them and make them say, “Jon Daniels for Executive of the Year”?)

 

One week tomorrow since the Giants became World Series Champions and the 2010 season finished.  Time to do my retrospective.  This collage is my photo highlights of things I’ve written about and done relating to baseball this past season.  This collage is joined by three all-important items:  designer sunglasses, a hairbrush (heart-shaped, no less) and a baseball.

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March

Diamond Girl sees video of Zito at Spring Training talking about new socks.  She is puzzled.

Opening Day

Diamond Girl sees Zito’s socks.  She prays that she is hallucinating.

 

Later in April

Diamond Girl visits LA.  LA survives.  Barely.

May

Buster Posey sees ball and hits ball in debut.  World calls NY Times, but Diamond Girl does not.  She is getting a (non-Buster-Posey-themed) pedicure.

June

Diamond Girl gets picture of self with Barry Zito and aforementioned picture sets record for most comments on DG’s Facebook page.  80% female comments.

 

July

When the NL bullpen at the All-Star game goes from a Dodger to a Padre, Diamond Girl begins rooting for the AL.  (Some historians link this to her later switch of allegiances during the World Series.)

 

August

Brian Wilson grows beard.  Male portion of world grows beards, female portion wears fake beards.  Diamond Girl does not.  She is getting a (non-beard-themed) manicure.

September

Tim Lincecum cuts hair.  Diamond Girl calls the NY Times to give a tip on the sensational story but they don’t answer the phone. 
               
Later in September

Diamond Girl luvs u, Ryan Braun.  Ryan Braun ignores.

 

October

Diamond Girl announces that she is rooting for the Rangers in the World Series.  World attempts to call NY Times but they have blocked World’s number, due to the volume of Buster Posey and Cody Ross related calls. 

 

November

Giants win World Series.  World celebrates by setting fires and turning over police cars.  Diamond Girl celebrates by taking off nail polish, straightening hair and eating (non-baseball decorated) vanilla cupcakes.

 

Diamond Girl + World + San Francisco Giants + NY Times live happily ever after.

 

The End.

 

::cue clapping::

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In Which Diamond Girl Accidentally Channels Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

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Aside from the red nose, I was accidentally channeling Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer here.  I was, of course, trying to show Rangers pride, but I don’t think that was obvious.  But aren’t the MLB pumpkins adorable?  It was supposed to be a non-partisan thing in my divided house, but the photo sparked a lot of “Go Giants” comments on Facebook.  Since when does MLB mean Go Giants?

And despite my protestations of “Shear the Beard” I had a mini Brian Wilson running around my house.  As soon as he put on the costume he decided he looked more like Sergio Romo and so he became a Romo/Wilson hybrid.  Which would be incredibly odd, for the record.

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@MLB tweeted this earlier today:  “Pitchers & catchers reported. Opening Day. No-hitters. #ASG. Walk-offs. Foul balls. Shared good times. Clinchers. Does it all end tonight?”  Aside from the not very subtle, “WATCH THE GAME TONIGHT” message, it made me think about what I was doing during this year’s spring training.  And this year’s opening day.  And this year’s All-Star Break.   And made me realize that this season has been going on for a long time and it really is time for it to end.  Not tonight, but on Thursday, hopefully.  I’m sure I’ll be sad when they make the last out- whoever wins- but I’m already pumped for the 2011 season.  Lots of games going on every day, winners and losers.  I miss games where the announcers don’t say, “I know I’ve said this before, but this is a must-win.”  I’m excited to watch the last- ahem, last three- games of the Fall Classic and then I’m going to devote all my energy to getting excited for April and a time when Jon Miller and Dave Flemming broadcast together.  I miss that.

X’s and O’s to all,

Diamond Girl

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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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