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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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Hello from Red Sox Nation!

Seriously, guys.  Everyone here is a Red Sox fan.  Everyone.  And if they’re not a Red Sox fan, they still hate the Yankees.  It’s a little bit eerie, actually.  As I landed in Boston yesterday, a woman behind me was filling in her kids on the Sox game and said something about Cody Ross.  I was this close to turning around and being all, “2010 World Series, baby!” when I realized that I was in Boston now and they were not the least bit interested in the 2010 World Series.  I picked up my black-and-white checkered tote and zipped my lips.

I missed last night’s game because being a West Coast fan on the East Coast is horrible and I couldn’t stay awake, but I hear it was quite depressing anyway.  I would be lying if I said I was all sad about missing it.  Interleague Play has not treated us terribly well so far this year and I’m more nervous than I should be, heading into the Bay Bridge Matchup.  Series loss to the Rangers, series loss to the Mariners and now a series loss to the Angels.  When this Giants team is good, it’s really, really good.  But when it’s bad?  It’s really, really bad.  Not that there were’t good things about last night’s game and the past few series’ in general – Vogelsong did pretty much the best he could have, three runs over seven innings – but otherwise, they just seem off, for lack of a better word.  Everyone’s healthy, but not everyone’s good.

Also, the Angels of Anaheim are doing better than they should be.  It helps that the Rangers are 9-1 in their last 10, but the Angels are also 7-3 and exactly five games back.  Too close for comfort?  Yes.

The Giants meanwhile, are 4-6 in their last 10, but that’s exactly the same as the Dodgers, so nothing is too disastrous after all.  San Francisco is four games back from first place and heading into a series against the A’s who, while they might be hot right now, are sure to cool off sometime.  And starting tomorrow is sure to be “sometime”.

Am I not the best inspirational speaker in the history of the Giants blogosphere?  (Admittedly short history, but still.)

Go Red So– aah.  No.  This city is not getting to me.

Diamond Girl

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Why I’m Going to Be Getting a Bad Case of the East Coast Bias

First, a public service announcement. I am heading off to the East Coast tomorrow for ten days and may or may not be blogging. As previously discussed, WiFi seems to be a commodity on the other side of the nation so we shall see. In any case, you can bet on your life that I will spend an WiFi time huddled around my iPod, checking the Giants score and any San Fran gossip I can get my hands on, on Twitter. I shall not disappear entirely, although if I catch a case of the famed East Coast Bias (high likelihood, guys) you may wish I had disappeared entirely.

Either way, I am going to Fenway – by all means, die of jealousy – and will share all my pictures when I get home. Assuming I get home. And am not eaten by cannibals. (Distinct possibility.) ‘K? ‘K. Now that that’s out of the way…

The Giants kicked off the World Series rematch and, um, has anyone else noticed that we play the AL West a lot a lot in the World Series? Or maybe my East Coast Bias hasn’t kicked in yet and I’m deluding myself. But seriously, every Interleague series this year is a World Series rematch aside from the Mariners who, no offense to them ‘cause I’m sure they’re fantastic guys, don’t count. Anyway, Cain was far from perfect last night but the team came together to squeeze out a win by a final of 5-3. The bullpen was absolutely stellar and even the Orwellian attendants at Angels Stadium could not bring them down. There was some nice circumstantial hitting – yes, I just said circumstantial hitting, shoot me now – from a variety of fabulous Giants.

I have to get going for the dreaded packing before I settle in for tonight’s game, but before I do, I’d like to send out thoughts and prayers to the Angels pitcher Jerome Williams, who is in the hospital right now after experiencing breathing difficulty following last night’s game. There are few things more frightening than breathing difficulty and I hope that Jerome has a full and speedy recovery.

Now let’s go Zito! There are few pitchers who need to be beat right now more than CJ Wilson, says the San Francisco Rangers fan. Either way, this matchup of them quirky lefties should be a lot of fun.

Diamond Girl

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10 Possible Reasons People Walk Off Against the Giants So Much

(Okay, so much might be an overstatement.  But once is too many.  Once traumatizes me enough to write a blog post.  And it’s been at least two times this year, so I’m overdue.  Therefore, I present to you: my semi-reprinted blog post from May 21st, last year.  You can read the original right here.  Then proceed.)

10.  The opposing teams are being paid off to not just win, but walk-off win. There are a lot of suspects for this.  The TV networks.  Or B-Squad players who want more innings and opportunities.  Or ridiculously wealthy season ticket holders who want excitement and a little more bang for their buck.  Or, as applies to the Mariners, Starbucks.  They’re from Seattle, right?  So maybe they sell more espressos when there are walk-offs or something.

9.  They have a strange condition like Bella Swan (Twilight, anyone?) that leads them to thrill seek.

8.  Josh Byrnes/Ned Colletti/Kevin Towers/Daniel O’Dowd put their heads together and put a spell on the Giants so that they would not just lose, but lose in cruel and unusual ways.  I know, I love those guys too!

7.  It’s totally random and there is no explanation.

6.  Walk-off win years happen every so, we-get-walked-off-against-years happen every so often too.   I’m not real strong on math, so maybe some probability experts could take it from here?

5.  The Giants are doing it on purpose, because they’re on a mission to prove to Sabes that they really have no offense and they really need to do tons of trades and things before they will be good.

4.  They’re borderline really good, which is why they lose so closely.  (Encouraging, right?  Kinda-sorta.)

3.  They peak too early.  By inning 9, they’ve done everything they’re going to do.  I don’t totally buy this but, hey, they say it all the time about political candidates and everyone knows the politics media is smartsmart.

2.  Karma for giving out Orange-and-Black Fedoras at AT&T Park last season.  Doing evil things can cause you to be cursed, you know.

1.  It’s something in the water.  My vote goes to that.

I need to go lust after pictures of Angels Stadium now.  I am rather partial to that place, although not its inhabitants.  Note to any Giants fans who might be down there for the series: it’s quite lovely, but also Weird with a capital W.  Like, Twilight-Zone weird.  It’s something in the atmosphere.  You’ll know if you go.  Or maybe it was just a fluke the night I was there and you’ll leave thinking, She is cray-zee.  Which I might be.  But that place is still weird.

Diamond Girl

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I Had A Ball.

Not like an I-am-Scarlett-O’Hara ball.  Like I went to baseball game and had a great time. Which, now that I think of it, is a ball(game).  No pun was intended.

The baseball game was in Anaheim which seemed like a bit of a dismal place (sorry, Anaheim-ians) but that may have had to do with the fact that I was half-asleep on the way there.

Let’s just say it’s impossible to be half asleep at the actual stadium because there are so many attendants.  Everywhere.  Talking you to.  All the time. 

Our seats were in the second row, second deck which is the deck I’ve never sat in and it was something else.  There was a nice little restaurant overlooking right field which we watched BP from and the waitress told us her name about 50 times in 10 minutes.  It was impressive.

Our section was right next to the suites and walking through the halls I saw carts with these really fancy cupcakes on them, being delivered to the suites.  I was sorely tempted to pilch a few, but I settled for an ice cream sandwich with chocolate chip cookies.  Whose idea was it to freeze chocolate chip cookies?  Because it’s weird.

When it came down to it, I basically rooted for the Angels.  I have Erick Aybar nostalgia from 2009 ALCS and they have a sweet rookie named Alexi Amarista.  Then again, when the Rangers vs. A’s score (A’s won 7-2) popped up in center field, I switched allegiances.  I gotta stand by my beautiful people who inhabit Texas.

This also helped me root for the White Sox.

Bitter.  Very bitter.

May I also say that I have never been to an even semi-warm baseball game and I was so excited for this one?  Well, when I sat down at 7:00 I had a coat and a blanket.  And it just got colder from there.

Really?

I think I bring the cold weather wherever I go.

Overall, I liked the stadium.  The fans were really mellow (read: totally silent) and the giant Angels caps in the front and yes, the fountain are undeniably a lot of fun.

But they could work on the whole scoreboard situation.

That black bar was there for several innings.

And has anyone else noticed that the clouds look exactly the same, no matter what city you’re in or what the weather’s like?  I think it must have something to do with the stadium lights.

So thank you for your hospitality, Anaheim.  You are definitely the preferable stadium in Southern California.

Diamond Girl

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