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Why Barbra Streisand is a Better Awards Show Host than Harold Reynolds and Greg Amsinger

They should have just re-named the This Year in Baseball Awards the Giants Rule the Universe Awards, for 2010.  Seriously, we stole the show.  I agreed with most the selections, although I think Madison and Cain are overlooked way too much.  In my mind, one of them should have been Postseason MVP (or, you know, that guy named Cody Ross who hits homeruns obsessively?) instead of Timmy.  Not to say Lincecum didn’t do well- even very, very well- but in my mind he wouldn’t be the postseason MVP. 

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Cain and MadBum seem happy enough, though.

And then I sort of think looking at the 2010 payrolls (from US Weekly’s website) tells its own story:  one of the teams in the World Series had the ninth highest payroll, one had the 27th.  Sabean was brilliant about handling his team, no doubt, but I think Daniels should have been Executive of the Year. 

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The dorky player photo thing obviously transcends the field.  It applies to the front office too.

What really annoyed me about the Gibby’s, though, was how the hosts of the presentation show, Harold Reynolds and Greg Amsinger, announced a winner and then explained who they thought should have won and showed a highlight reel for that person.  Then they talked briefly about the actual winner.  Can you imagine if Barbra Streisand had announced Kathryn Bigelow as Best Director and then explained why James Cameron should have won and shown clips of Avatar?  Not cool, MLB.  Not cool at all.

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p.s.  Utterly off-topic, but The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is the best Narnia movie yet.  King Caspian lost the Spanish-ish accent (and upgraded from his title of Prince) and it’s absolutely beautiful and very funny.  It’s slightly overdone at points, but if you need some offseason distraction, Diamond Girl says check it out.

And the Teenage Girl with Ichiro Being the “Ultimate Teenage Girl” should have won Fan Moment of the Year.  Ichiro ran into her trying to catch a ball and she is decked out in tons of Mariners gear.  Bo the Bailer has a lame nickname and no girlfriend.  Obvious winner much?

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No, That Game Did Not Shock Me, What Google Is For And On the 141st Most Common Baby Name in 1977

I wasn’t shocked that the Giants won that game last night.  Has anyone else noticed that the “underdog” always wins?  To an extent that we should just call ‘em the overdogs and be done with it. 

 

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Like everyone else on the face of this beautiful planet, I can’t stand the Fox announcers but I do enjoy seeing it on TV from time to time so this game was fun.  Aside from the fact that Edgar Renteria and Mike Fontenot always look like they’re about to cry.  Has anyone else noticed that?  With Renteria it’s sort of a constant look of melancholy whereas with Fontenot, it’s permanent moisture around his eyes.  Speaking of moisture… would someone like to clue me into why one would drink Gatorade and then immediately spit it out.  If it’s just a show for the cameras, then who taught those guys what fans like to see?  Um, not you spitting out a stream of Gatorade.

 

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Picture is slightly irrelevant because this player seems to actually be drinking his drink.  Which is not a weird thing to do, contrary to what you might think from watching sport’s broadcasts.

 

Today’s game is going to be a struggle for me because I’ve always been an Oswalt fan and part of me really wants his decision to go to the Phillies, because he saw them as a potentially World Series winning team, to pay off.  But he’s the only player from the team who I like, so I am going to try to root totally and utterly for Sanchez and the Giants.  Depending on the state of Sanchez’s chameleon facial hair, that may be more or less difficult.  Will keep you posted.

 

Lastly, for now, on the hair thing… Dear Cody Ross:  A shaved head and sort-of-kind-of-no-not-really beard may be acceptable for a rodeo clown, but, um, it is not in the NLCS.  I suggest you get rid of the beard, pronto.

 

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I was also kind of wondering if Roy was a really popular baby name in 1977, the year Oswalt and Halladay were both born so I looked it up and Roy was the 141st most common name that year.  Then I looked Halladay up and his name isn’t really Roy.  That’s a nickname.  Theory, invalidated.

 

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I would just like to put it out there one last time that I have serious Rally Rag envy issues.  If any generous people have an extra one, leave it by the Prada sunglasses at Saks Fifth Avenue on Union Square.  I spend a good chunk of my life there so I’ll find it within a few days and if you leave your name, I’ll give you a virtual hug.  And a real hug if you buy me some sunglasses.

 

I also came to the realization, when the Fox guys referenced “Giants Baseball:  Torture” that it has been way, way overused.  I love the phrase and think it very well represents the 2010 Giants but everyone just says it so much.  At the least, I hope people will stop telling the whole story behind it.  Because surely we all know by now and we can just use the phrase?  If someone doesn’t know and is interested, well, that’s what Google is for!

 

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p.s.  I just noticed last night that Wilson’s glove says, “WILSON” in big black letters.  It is dorky and adorable at the same time.

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And isn’t that just a fantastic pose?

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The Pink Paraphernalia

Here is my virtual high five to Bochy and Sabean.  I wasn’t into the Bengie trade, because I was one of those people who wasn’t totally sold on Buster, but it seems to have been a smart move.  They are managing this team well right now so I am more a fan than ever.  Which means I want to give you all a little talk about female fans.

Being a female fan is hard.  Case in point: a few weeks ago I was shoe shopping at Nordstrom’s (duh, I’m a big shoe person; see my profile picture) and they were showing the Giants game on the TV in the department.  So watch the game or try on some five inch heels by Steve Madden?

Female fans, I feel your pain.  But there’s one thing that girl fans do that I don’t get.  Actually, there’s one thing MLB does for girl fans that I don’t get, but we must be buying or they wouldn’t sell them, so we’re all at fault.  In two words: pink paraphernalia. 

You know how MLB sells pink hats and pink bats and lots of other pink stuff with the team’s logo on it?  I don’t get wearing that stuff.  If you’re a fan, then show your pride, be it orange or black or blue or white or red or green or anything else. 

 

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They do try to make it more Giant-y by putting the orange logo on the tops, but seriously.  Orange and pink clash.  Who designed those things?  Guessing it wasn’t Miu-Miu or anything.

If you’re a girl who wears pink MLB paraphernalia, please tell me your reasoning.  

The trade deadline is getting really close now and I’m still half-hoping for the Giants to get Ryan Braun and/or Roy Oswalt, but I don’t think that really looks likely, right now.  And I don’t think that we need either, particularly.  There’s not a whole lot of evidence that we need a big bat or a starting pitcher.  So I’d say a relief pitcher would be a good investment.  I’ve heard that the relief pitcher market is not very good, so this might be tricky to do.  But it’s the move I’d make.

And congratulations to Jon Miller.  We are so lucky to have him in San Francisco and his acceptance speech was really great.  I wish broadcasters got awards more often.  They give better speeches than athletes or actors or anyone else. 

Please send your healing thoughts Eugenio Velez’s way.  Scary incident, with the foul ball that hit him in the head in the dugout.

X’s and O’s, friends.

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The Marathon, Advice to Pitching Coaches & Trades

I heard an inside-the-park-homerun for the first time on Sunday.  I was in the car coming across the bridge from San Francisco (not from a game, unfortunately) so the reception was bad, but I heard it.  And that was the first back-to-back homer and inside-the-park homer for the Giants since 1966, Mays and McCovey.  It was a bit of heartbreaker at the end, but who really thought we’d get out of bases loaded, no outs twice?  Notwithstanding, the Giants gave a real fight and have taken two out of four from the Brewers so far.  So things are looking slightly rosier. 

Now for the advice.  The Giants pitching has been doing much better lately but this advice is really for any struggling pitching staff and their pitching coach.  You know when the coach goes out there to talk?  Righetti seems really good at calming pitchers down.  I don’t know what he says, but it generally works.  So though Righetti may be more qualified to give advice than me, I’m going to take a shot.  What if they went out there and told jokes?  Example:  Lincecum is on the mound, having let in one earned run.  It’s the seventh and it’s 2-1 Giants.  Lincecum loads the bases with one out.  No room for error.  Righetti visits the mound. 

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“Hey, Timmy.”  He says.  “A horse walks into a bar and the bartender says, ‘Why the long face?’”  Righetti leaves and… bingo.  Two backwards K’s.  Can’t you just see it happening?  The other possibility is hiring a professional joke teller to come out.  Or maybe we should have a clown in Death Valley, juggling away.  They hardly ever hit it out there, anyway.

It was put out there that theoretically the BrewCrew would want something like J. Sanchez and a top prospect for Prince Fielder (though maybe they changed their minds after seeing him pitch the other day…?), who currently has 17 home runs on the year.  So I think we should totally go for something along those lines and then trade a few prospects for Roy Oswalt, who is dying to be traded anyway.  I really want Oswalt on the Giants and he could take the empty #4 spot, left by Sanchez.  Sounds perfect to me.   So, what do you think?  Any other trade thoughts (not limited to Giants, all of MLB)?

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p.s.  Um, did I die and go to heaven?  It’s currently 11-1 Giants.

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