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Why I Was So Jittery for Play Ball 1.0, Torture 2.0

Things I did this morning:

*Burned my fingers getting a bagel out of the toaster

*Drank black coffee and bounced off the walls on caffeine

*Went through five possible nail polish colors before deciding not to paint my nails at all

*Straightened my hair (which I have only done twice since a fateful November 1st, I might add)

I was jittery.  Really jittery.  You know how it is when you are about to meet up with a friend or family member who you haven’t seen in a while and suddenly you’re not sure if maybe you’ve grown apart?  Yeah, you’ve talked on the phone and emailed back and forth… but what if they just don’t like you and you don’t like them?  Especially if you’ve parted on odd terms.  That’s how I was with the Giants this morning.  My beautiful beat writers and Twitter buddies have kept me updated and in the loop, but I was still irrationally jittery this morning.  Hence all the odd behaviors explained above.  And then, how it always is, the game came on and after one awkward second it was like no time at all had passed.  We hugged and chatted and braided each other’s hair and my burnt fingers stopped hurting.  My Giants and I have a great relationship, like that.

Jon Miller and Dave Flemming made me smile for three hours straight with their long-sleeved Aloha shirts and “the main thing about Spring Training is figuring out who the hell that is” and despite Timmy’s, ahem, rough start the team looks pretty darn good to me.  And they won, which would kind of rock except for the fact that we appear to be in for Torture 2.0.

I would just like to add that the Moonlight Sonata is in a new KNBR ad about the Giants.  The Moonlight Sonata.   I love it, but it’s sort of my depressed-teen-girl piece.  Not something I’d want in a triumphant baseball team ad.  That is all.

Diamond Girl

p.s.  Breaking news: the Phillies are officially and undeniably the best team in the history of Major League Baseball!  They beat up on the Florida State University Seminoles, 8-0.  Official and undeniable.

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There are Surprises in Surprise, AZ, Ryan Braun Sticks His Foot Firmly In His Mouth and CJ Wilson Jeopardizes His Best Hair Crown

There were some surprises in Surprise!, AZ this morning with a big storm.  I had one of those too.  But I didn’t have adoring fans watching my every move.  I was just trying to balance my florescent green water bottle (hey, no comments.   I never lose it) and my notebook and my papers and my recently-upgraded-to-become-more-giant handbag.

The 2011 season is starting to feel like home, now that Ryan Braun has stuck his foot firmly in his mouth.  His honesty is refreshing, but he still seems to be in some sort of blissful ignorance that “to be honest with you” is not really a known phrase in contact between Major Leaguers and the press.  Last year may have been miserable, but his statement still felt a little off.

And another case where honesty went a little awry… chapter 500 of the Michael Young saga started today when he arrived at camp.  As previously stated, I am in the We Are So Puzzled We Are Not Even Going There phase with Young and I am sticking to that.  Young has his game face back on and I get the sense that whatever goes down from now on in that saga is going to be behind tightly closed doors.  Although Jon Daniels still seemed a little miffed about, you know, “his integrity being questioned”.  Who knows?   Maybe we’ll get a little more soap opera before the end.

CJ Wilson may be in danger of losing his Best Hair crown from this photo, but that food is making me stare for a long, long time.  So that’s what they eat!  Lucky MLBers.

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Photo is from Derek Holland’s Twitter account, @dutch_oven45.  Just to clarify that I am not in Arizona, stalking CJ.

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13 Things Brian Sabean Needs to Do Before the Giants Hit Scottsdale and Why Surprise, AZ Needs an Exclamation Point

I’m heading down to the City of Angels, otherwise known as Dodgertown, USA tomorrow to visit family.  I am really not a Southern California person (Berkeley born and raised, baby!) and the whole I’m-a-Giants-fan-they’re-Dodgers-fans thing makes it all the more, you know, complicated.  Every time I pledge to be really mellow and not offensive when talking about baseball.  And I am really, really going to try not to rub in the Giants performance in 2010 versus the Dodgers performance last year.  We are World Champions.  We are above that.  Wish me luck.

I think we will share common joy, though, because we are on the home stretch of the offseason.  I am so excited.  Everyone seems to think the teams are pretty much done for the offseason.  I think the Giants front office- hello, Brian Sabean- have a few things left to do.  And since 13 is both an unlucky number (tradition) and a lucky number (Cody Ross), 13 it is.

13.  Institute a new facial hair rule.  ‘Nuff said.

12.  Make sure Jonathan Sanchez is out of his (very overpriced) leather jacket and ready to roll.  You know.  Pitch.

11.  Plant trees in honor of Chris Ray and Todd Wellemeyer, who are now Mariners and Cubs respectively.  Or they may be members of AAA affiliates of the aforementioned teams.  A moment of silence would do if the tree thing takes too long.

10.  Watch ALCS videos to get adequately afraid of the Rangers, in preparation for their March faceoff.  The Giants may have skewed impressions of the Rangers from what went down in the World Series, so a little refreshment of the memory may be in order.

9.  Buy a drumming table for the clubhouse.  Lincecum, in “A Day in the Life of Tim Lincecum”, says “Zito would have a day with this”.  And it would make a great diversion to break up possible monotony of the Desperate Ballplayers of San Fran. 

8.  Clear up for me whether or not those World Series rings have poison in them.  In all corny historical movies/books, nobility (yes, the Giants are nobility.  Duh.) have poison in their fancy rings.  I have a (irrational?  Yes.) suspicion that the Giants’ rings do as well.  You can call me a conspiracy theorist now, if you want.

7.  Have a long talk with your marketing department before you release the 2011 ad campaigns.  A. because it needs to live up to It’s Time and B. because the whole “It’s September Inside” was kind of embarrassing.  It was September outside, too.

6.  Don’t put Belt on the roster out of camp.  Bring him up on May 29nd.  Then pretend it was a coincidence.  (Don’t I just give the best advice in the world?)

5.  Go to each and every one of those stalls that sells Emerald Nuts and tell them that it’s false advertising to have a big sign that says, “Roasted Walnuts” when all you ever have in stock is roasted pecans.  I have nothing against pecans, but that is just way misleading.

4.  Orange lipstick was big on Spring 2011 runways.  It’s the new, modern take on classic red.  Alert female Giants fans.

3.  Go to the New York Giants and demand giants.com.  They are not world champions.  We are.  They can be nygiants.com.

2.  Breathe in.  Breathe out.  Everything’s going to be okay. 

1.  Take a little vacation.  Get a spa treatment.  The season is going to be long.  Appreciate the offseason while it’s here.

Diamond Girl

p.s.  And one assignment for JD and the Rangers:  since your spring training camp is in Surprise, AZ, would you do me a huge favor and convince the mayor there to add an exclamation point at the end?  That would be just awesome.  SURPRISE!, AZ.

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Oops.

And here was me thinking my conversation with GM Extraordinaire had gone well.

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Oops.  Note to self:  be more convincing next time.

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No, That Was a Dream and The Amazing Nerd Paradise That is Google Trends

First, congratulations to Nick Swisher and his new wife Joanna Garcia.  People reports that her veil was by Monique Lhuillier, and his tux was by Burberry London.  Getting married in style.

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I had a dream last night that it was Opening Day 2011 (wishful thinking, huh?) and the Giants were playing the Diamondbacks in Arizona.  I remember how I was just ecstatic, listening to my radio.  Timmy was starting.  So he throws the first pitch and Jon Miller says, “He [whoever the hitter was] hits a high drive… deeeeep to left… way back… it’s gone!”  Oops.  Let’s all join hands, virtually, and channel positive energy so that the first pitch the Giants throw in 2011 will not be hit for a homerun. 

There’s also this thing called Google Trends (www.google.com/trends) which I’ve fallen in love with.  You can search a term and see a graph of how much people are searching it, what cities it’s most popular in, etc.  So what did I do?  I searched “sf giants”, of course.  Here’s the graph.  Any surprises?  The world was fascinated by the Giants this year.

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Incidentally, “sf giants” is most popular in San Rafael, San Mateo, Oakland and “san francisco giants” is most popular in Pleasanton, San Francisco and Stockton.  Which would lead me to believe that people in the latter cities are more into complete words and sentences.  And “texas rangers” has something of a following in France. 

I am a little bit addicted to this. 

So I looked up “mlb” and saw that it usually spikes near the end of the year (around the postseason/World Series).  No surprises there.  The three most popular cities it is searched in, however, are Santa Domingo, the Dominican Republic, Caracas, Venezuela and Waterloo, Canada.  I was surprised by the Canada part.

 

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More specifically, here is the graph for searches on “mlb” in 2010.

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And, lastly, the “sf giants” in 2010.

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I also saw that “cliff lee” is a garnering a fair amount of interest.  But I bet he would get more if he signed with someone.  Taking a long time at first was building suspense.  But now the suspense has sort of disappeared.

I’m thinking Yankees, at this point, and in a way I hope it is.  A seven year, heck-of-a-lot-of-money deal might be disastrous for the Rangers.  It could be disastrous for the Yankees, too, but they have a little more money to play with.

Hope I didn’t alienate all my non-nerd readers.  I promise to wait a few posts before bringing the nerd in me back.

Diamond Girl

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