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Dusting the Antlers Off

I don’t know at what point “running away with the division” becomes an acceptable phrase, so I’m just going to designate right now as that time, if nobody objects.  (If you do object, feel free to file a complaint with the Emperor, but be forewarned, he’s actually a Sith, even though no one’s noticed yet.)

The Giants magic number has rapidly shrunk down to 13, which just adds to my firm belief that 13 is not an unlucky number and we’ve all been missing out on a great hotel floor for a million odd years.  Besides, they’re leading the division by 7 games.  7 games.  That’s a lot of games.  That’s like 7 million and one pitching changes in Bruce Bochy Land.  The Dodgers chose an awfully good moment to sort of forget how the game of baseball is played and the Giants are taking every advantage of it.

We’re closing in on the last few weeks of the season (what?  When did that happen) and I’ve even started gazing at my antlers, which have been tucked away since last October.  For those of you who are newer to the blog, I have these antlers and it’s my playoff tradition, when the Rangers are in, to wear them around town.  It doesn’t have great shock effect, since I live in the Bay Area where that’s positively normal, but it’s still loads of fun.

That’s my alter ego who’s kind of a ghoul on Halloween and her MLB pumpkins.  Back when she had copious amounts of hair, of course.

I’m dusting my antlers off.  And making “It’s September Inside” jokes until I run out (aka, never) because, seriously, I only get one month out of the year when I can use these.  I stockpile them all year in preparation.  I’m not going to miss an opportunity.

People have already started talking playoff rosters and matchups and to say my grin is infinite would be an understatement.  Buster Posey is generating some serious MVP buzz and getting close to completing his first full Major League season.  Isn’t that crazy?  I smell the postseason.  This thing isn’t over yet, but it’s getting there.  It really is.  I could not be more excited.

Still…

Just kidding.  Sort of.

Diamond Girl

 

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The Lowdown on the Get Stepped on by Taller Giants Fans Event, aka Fan Fest

I have detailed my feelings towards Fan Fest previously on the blog- you can read that here or my account of last year’s Fan Fest here (which I wasn’t at but made an account of all the same).

A few things that are now on my mind…

Firstly I have no excuse like I did last year.  I am available, I know where and when it is happening and cannot claim to have had an aunt in a freak skydiving accident, because some number of y’all have seen Confessions of a Shopaholic and would catch me in my lie.

Secondly I do know not whether it is Fan Fest or FanFest.  A quick search on my blog demonstrates severe schizophrenia on my part as to this particular dilemma.  Now how I can I go if I don’t even know how to spell it?  This could be a good excuse.  Another quick search shows that the Giants call it Fan Fest- two words- while the A’s, contrarians that they are, spell it as one word, FanFest.  What to make of it all?

This is the official logo which, of course, conveniently evades the issue by making it completely unclear whether or not there’s a space, with their cute logo.  Which is cute.  But that’s beside the point.

Thirdly I miss my KNBR fix and if I stay home, there is the upside of following the whole thing on the radio, rather than braving the sandy field in my fabulous boots and the lines as long as the playoffs Bud Selig is proposing/promising/guaranteeing.  I repeat, we need a new commish, people. 

But fourthly Fan Fest is the baseball equivalent to a horrible family tradition that you do just so you can show your battle scars in the future and be all, I survived!

This is all to say I am, as of yet, undecided.  Perhaps if I make some cupcakes and listen to lots of calming Enya beforehand I will go.  Or perhaps I will make some cupcakes and give them out to add positive vibes to the event and play Enya over some portable speakers, to amp up the whole positive vibe thing even more.

No one will mind if I wear my antlers too, right?

Yes, it’s Instagramed.  Yes, I am occasionally a hipster.  And a Rangers fan.  That too.

Diamond Girl

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Peace and Love and Antlers to All + My Resolutions for 2012

I’m sitting here, realizing this is my second New Year’s on my blog (you can see last year’s here, if you are morbidly or otherwise interested), which seems completely bizarre but pretty great at the same time.  Sifting through all this year’s posts yesterday, I realized how much has really gone down here and I’ve loved every moment of it.

So, yes.  Sappiness.  I very much appreciate you all reading (aka, tolerating) my stuff and wish you a very happy new year and hope your tortur—I mean, team of choice does well in 2012.  Provided their name is not Dodgers or Angels or Red Sox or Phillies or Cardinals. (Just kidding, guys.  I will attempt- and perhaps fail, but attempt all the same- to love your team no matter who they are.)

Okay.  Now that that’s out of the way!  Let do the whole resolution thing.

First, last year’s resolutions:

1.  I resolve to visit my grandparents in Los Angeles without fighting over whether Wilson or Broxton is a better closer.  (DID NOT SUCCEED.  ALSO, UNFORTUNATELY, STARTED LOATHING WILSON.)

2.  I resolve to dissolve my life savings and go to Citi Field or Yankee Stadium.  (DID NOT SUCCEED.)

3.  I resolve to carry a sign to an A’s vs. Rangers game and get the object of my sign to autograph it.  (DO NOT SUCCEED.  BUT DID GET A C.J. WILSON AUTOGRAPH, ON THE UPSIDE, THAT PROMPTLY RUBBED OFF, AS SOON AS HE WALKED AWAY.)

4.  I resolve to crash the 2011 GM Meetings.  (DID NOT SUCCEED.)

5.  I resolve to repeat my feat of walking over every inch of AT&T Park in stilettos.  (DID NOT SUCCEED.)

Huh.  Apparently those didn’t go so well.

No matter!  I have a whole new slightly more reasonable batch now and a whole new year (well, whole assuming the world doesn’t, you know, end, seeing as it’s 2012) to get them done.  Here we go:

1.  I will follow Joey Martinez’s career with eagle eyes and be his #1 cheerleader.

2.  I will go to sleep 10+ times to the sound of Jon Miller and Dave Flemming’s voice.

3.  I will paint portraits of all the Giants.  (Okay, fine.  Probably not.)

4.  I will finally, completely, actually finish A Band of Misfits. Yes, I got it after the 2010 season.  Yes, I have not finished it.  Yes, it’s still sitting on top of my bookshelf.  Yes, I am not exactly motivated.

5.  I will covert my fish into a baseball fan.  It can be done.  I have faith.

See?  Are those awesome or are those awesome?  And kinda-sorta potentially achievable, too.  I am also going to try to call Brian Sabean until his phone message quota cracks, but I’m trying to make this list mega-achievable and all that so I left that one off.

On another note, I have to warn you that I will probably post an enormous number of posts next year if I continue on my current track record, which is 71 in 2010 and 245 this year.  Forewarned is forearmed.

Anyhow, Happy New Year once more!  Let’s all make 2012 fabulous, shall we?

Diamond Girl

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Peace and Love and Antlers to All + My Resolutions for 2011

Peace and love and antlers to all!

I am purging 2010 (though seriously, what is there to purge?  The Giants and the Rangers played each other in the World Series) by redoing my nail polish.  Even so, I love New Year’s Eve and am pumped for 2011.  It’s going to be very good.  Armando Galarraga will do fantastically along with Eugenio Velez (he’ll do well, but the Dodgers won’t, of course) and Joe Martinez, who will be signed by the Rangers before the offseason ends.  ::Diamond Girl gives Jon Daniels a very pointed look::  The Niners may also hire me as their GM (okay, yes, that’s unlikely).  Bud Selig will decide to do important things like make the wild card wild and rename the Winter Meetings (this year from December 6th-9th) because everyone knows winter begins on December 21st.  The world will get over their Glee complex and watch baseball instead.  And the world will accept the antlers as the truth of all creation and wear them all year round.

I’m not really into New Year resolutions, but I’m going to try it this year. 

1.  I resolve to visit my grandparents in Los Angeles without fighting over whether Wilson or Broxton is a better closer. 

2.  I resolve to dissolve my life savings and go to Citi Field or Yankee Stadium. 

3.  I resolve to carry a sign to an A’s vs. Rangers game and get the object of my sign to autograph it. 

4.  I resolve to crash the 2011 GM Meetings. 

5.  I resolve to repeat my feat of walking over every inch of AT&T Park in stilettos. 

Okay.  I now have plenty to do next year.  Soon it’ll be time (It’s Time!) to settle in for a night of delayed Times Square.  Happy New Year everyone.   Hugs and cupcakes and aviator Prada sunglasses to all in the coming year.  2011′s gonna rule.

Diamond Girl

p.s.  2010 was my first year at this- blogging- and so I want to thank you all again for reading and commenting.  71 entries.  A lot of talk about Ryan Braun.  I dig the world.

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10 Things I Love About the Offseason

Not a slow news day!  Huff was resigned to a two year deal, with option for 2013 and Josh Hamilton won the AL MVP Award.  Huge congratulations to him.  I am totally wearing my antlers around town today.

The (sort of) eternal optimist that I am, I decided to come up with 10 Things I Love About the Offseason.  It was actually surprisingly easy.  I’ve discovered there are plenty of things to love about the offseason.  Optimism is good.  And the offseason isn’t too bad either.

10.  The promise of the coming season.  I mean, the Pirates could go to the World Series next year.  Even just a few weeks into season, some hopes start to disappear.  Obviously for Giants fans, we didn’t really want that season to end, but if your team finished anything short of a championship win, the promise of the new season is beautiful.

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9.  I don’t go through gum as fast, because I’m less on edge.  Being a gum addict for half the year, but it’s nice to have a little respite.

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8.  I’m a bit of a player transaction geek, so I love reading about the GM meetings and the Winter Meetings.  I also love to “oogle the player in his new jersey!” press conferences.

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7.  I get to slip into the glazed-over-eyes-I-don’t-get-sports-give-me-a-Gucci-handbag-please mode when people are talking about football, basketball or worst, boxing.  I do not get boxing at all.  I would rather shop at The Gap than hear about boxing and I really hate The Gap.  I started hated them even more after the new logo thing.  Graphic designer nightmare.

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6.  Bandwagon fans start to disappear a few weeks into the offseason.  Which is a relief for hardcore people.

 

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5.  I also come across as a semi (believe me, only semi) normal person when I wear my antlers.  It’s almost Christmas time, so I can pass as a Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer enthusiast.  Do those even exist?

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A new Giants calendar comes out.  The one I currently have has Fred Lewis and other so-pre-Championship-era people on it and I’ve been waiting for the updated, 2011 one to come out.  The old one does, however, feature Wilson sans beard which is a lovely thing.  You win some, you lose some.

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3.  All the award announcements rule.  As lamely as they’re announced, it’s still a fun and interesting time of year.  We do really need a red carpet award show for MLB, though, as I’ve discussed previously.  I think Bumgarner should go after a Taylor Lautner look- traditional with some hip flair.


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And Jon Daniels should rock a tough look, like Justin Timberlake at the VMA’s.


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And when I open the show, I would, of course, be wearing Carey-Mulligan-similar Prada (2010 Oscars).  Or something vintage, like Penelope Cruz (2009 Oscars).

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Would I lose all my blog readers if I did a whole post on what baseball players should wear to a potential MLB red carpet event?

2.  Anyway!  Onwards from clothes!  Well, actually… another good thing about the offseason is that I can go back to wearing colors that compliment my complexion more.  A.K.A., not orange.  I show my pride more subtly in black this time of year.

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 1.  And last but not least, I love how it makes me appreciate the season.  The season wouldn’t be special without the offseason.  So I’m relishing this for all the reasons above and catching snowflakes on my tongue.  (Well, I would be if it snowed in the Bay Area.  More like catching raindrops on my tongue which is not a superior experience to drinking water, so…)

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So what am I missing on this list?  What do you love about the offseason?

Wishing everyone in the MLBlogs community a lovely Thanksgiving.  No, I will not be hitting the shops on Black Friday.  As much as I love to shop, I hate crowds and can never find anything that fits me even when the stores are totally stocked.  Cyber Monday is more my style.  I’m a Gen Z-er through and through!

Diamond Girl

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