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Potential Last Post Ever, Plus Why I Wouldn’t Let Bruce Bochy Design My Bath Rug

I know I’m in the minority here, but I feel I need to say it: I think World Series rings are ugly.  The whole idea is perfectly nice and I understand the symbolic importance and the ceremony was lovely… but the actual rings are pretty much the tackiest kind of jewelry Snooki and Sears could have dreamed up.  It’ s like what they sell at Claire’s, except the target demographic is not pre-teen girls who like earrings with watermelons (WATERMELONS, peope) on them and they’re, um, covered in diamonds.  So presumably they have a slightly higher retail value.  Still, terribly ugly, if you ask me.

Let me put it this way: I would not let Bruce Bochy go near the design ideas for my bath rug, as much adoration as I have for him.  He helped design the rings.  Go figure.

Anyhow, I’ll stop sticking my foot in my mouth now.  The game was on the ugly side, too.  I think the Cardinals were probably pretty sick and tired of all the ceremonies and they channeled it into their baseball-ing.  They shelled Cain for nine runs in the fourth inning and ended up winning 14-3.  In a bright moment, Angel Pagan did hit a booming triple but he was left stranded, which kind of took away from the boomingness.

I’ve heard talks about a few people’s slow starts, but I think it’s really still too early to call them slow starts.  Like, slow first five seconds would maybe be more appropriate?

I was sitting outside in my garden today and suddenly looked up to see a cat sitting about ten feet away and staring straight at me, completely still.  I assume this means I’m destined for an imminent and terrible death, so if I don’t blog again, hugs and kisses, you guys were great.

Diamond Girl

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Eggplant and A Bruce Bochy Revelation

So I was eating eggplant this evening, which was really good, and kind of thinking about things and Angel Pagan’s hair (Bay Area Sports Guy says it’s mullet-y, but I can’t decide if I believe that or not) and then I realized I hadn’t blogged in a week and so that was the end of the eggplant and time to blog.

Ahem.

Spring Training’s been pretty sleepy so far, with a whole bunch of ties, which would be nice and football-y, except there’s no David Beckham involved.  So not all that nice at all.  Brock Bond has not been sleepy at all and he got Bruce Bochy to say, “He’s going to get some playing time,” which is pretty much a revelation when you consider Bochy’s usual, “Mmm something about a platoon mmm probably get back to me in like 25 years and maybe I’ll give you a straight answer.”

Kind of mind-blowing, if you think about it.

One of the things that surprises me each year about Spring Training –and evidently I have the memory of a goldfish because I don’t, you know, remember year to year –is that they let the media speak to the players while games are still going on.  It’s a bit like when they grab the players at breaks in basketball games, in that a) it’s freaky b) it’s uninformative.  As far as I can tell they only interview baseball players who aren’t coming back into the game, which is different.  But still.

Let’s all pause for a moment now to reflect on the brilliance of Yu Darvish, who made his 2013 debut a few day ago.

Also, remember how he has Ranger-themed headphones?!

On an unrelated note, happy 40th birthday to The Dark Side of the Moon!  I know people like to listen to it while watching The Wizard of Oz, but has anyone tried it with Star Wars because I think it would blow your mind.

Diamond Girl

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I Love U, Ryan Braun: UPDATED

So you all remember that time I carried that sign to the Giants-Brewers game, yes?  Yes.  It is the gift that keeps on giving.  Updated:

Lots of Love U, Ryan Braun3

Bear with my awkward photoshopping.  I didn’t have any coffee until 6 this evening and it was sort of cold and watery.  I’m not in any state to edit photos.

Also, welcome back, Ramon Ramirez!  While the Giants have figured out how to make off with absolutely everyone from the Angel Pagan-Andres Torres-Ramon Ramirez trade, the Mets are, uh, getting a casino.  (Incidentally, where does one get a casino?  Can I get one?  Like, for my living room?)  At least they live in New Yor—haha, but it’s Queens.  So it doesn’t count.  Sorry, guys.  Rough times.

Diamond Girl

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Not Your Mother’s Winter Meetings Round-Up

(I don’t know your mother.  No promises.)

The Winter Meetings are coming to a close and the path for the Giants has been surprisingly – eerily – straightforward?  They leave Nashville with 2012 heroes Marco Scutaro and Angel Pagan resigned for a comfortable three and four years respectively and now we’re left to decorate our Christmas trees and negotiate a long-term extension with our catcher who, yeah, just won an MVP and stuff.  Of course, the offseason is far from over and neither of the biggest free agents, Hamilton and Greinke, have signed anywhere yet, but for the Giants, the payroll is close to maxed out and aside from a platoon outfielder to rev up Gregor Blanco or a backup cupcake baker to… make cupcakes, I guess, they seem pretty much set.  (I volunteer for backup cupcake baker.)

Against some odds, it looks like nearly the entire 2012 team will be back for another go at it, which is exciting and definitely different than the offseason after the 2010 championship.  I am terribly excited about this.

Meanwhile, pretty much everyone else is in mega-rebuild mode which, if you’re the Yankees, means grabbing old Giants players and if you’re the Cubs means sitting back and being all, We got this (I sure hope they do – I have a running wager that they will win a World Series by 2016, so it better happen).

I think the most interesting development by far from these meetings, though, was the growing possibility that Hamilton will end up back in Texas after all.  I mean, the attraction of DFW obviously made Yu Darvish choose the Rangers, but still, if it happens, it will be unexpected, considering early signs.  I am secretly (well, not secretly anymore) hoping it does happen.  Hamilton in any other colors would be too weird.  People changing teams confuses me.  Yeah, I’m obviously perfectly suited to being a baseball fan.

Speaking of which?  Michael Young: Stay the hell put.  Remember the kid you made cry when you and JD had a catfight?  Yeah.  That kid is a few years older and probably a few years cuter, too.  Not a good idea to not be a Ranger anymore.  Viral Video Land would have a field day.

Diamond Girl

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Happy Eve-of-Winter-Meetings!

Hello, everyone!  I spent the better part of today defrosting and cutting up frozen peas for my sick fish only for him to give me as near as someone without an eyebrow can to a quizzical eyebrow and be all, “I don’t know what you’re smoking, Emily, but there is no way.”  So I gave up on him and went to Starbucks for a peppermint mocha.  He seems okay now.  Still hasn’t eaten the peas, though.

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This little guy is a Giants fan, so I’d have to take care of him.

Also, the Winter Meetings start tomorrow, which means all is doubly well.  For those of you who have never taken the time to read my bio a) do it now b) it helpfully informs innocent passersby that the Winter Meetings are my favorite part of the year.  No joke.  I mean, the World Series is pretty rad and all, but seriously, nothing is better than all the heads in baseball getting together to feud and make trades and stuff.

There’s also the inherent hilarity of sending hundreds of media people to hang out in the lobby while the GMs hide out upstairs.  It sounds like the opening to a joke, because… it kind of is.

Us Giants fans will be on the lookout for deals with Pagan and Scutaro, a potential extension on Posey and maybe one for Hunter Pence, although Sabes made it sound like that is only happening in yo dreams, yo.  I don’t reallyatall trust him, though, so I’ll still be in the lookout for it.

Them Rangers are linked to pretty much every big name on the market, because that’s just how JD rolls, so I honestly have no idea what direction they will go.  But they will go one direction.  One Direction.  Get it, guys, get it?

Ahem.

The Josh Hamilton rumor mill is as busy as ever.  My guess is he’ll go to one of 30 teams, but who knows, could be wrong.

Happy Winter Meetings, everyone!

Diamond Girl

p.s.  Stop talking about football, silly people.  Hibernation is looking like an increasingly attractive option.

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