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Game 1 of the World Series and a Manic Pixie Dream Bat

That was quite probably the greatest Game 1 of the World Series any of us could have hoped for.  Actually, probably the greatest game, period, that any of us could have hoped for.

More than a few people wrote off this game as a certain loss for the Giants and that wasn’t unreasonable – they were facing Justin Verlander, for God’s sake.  When the A’s faced JV in the final game of the ALDS, I said more than a few times, “It’s a verb.  To Verlander.  The A’s are about to get Verlander’d.”  And get Verlander’d they did.

The game we saw was a very different game, indeed.  Barry Zito stood tall while Verlander only lasted four innings and, really, his performance was a footnote compared to the performance he played a role in:  Pablo Sandoval’s three home run night.  Three home runs.  That is a lot of home runs.  Like, the number of home rums that might make me blink and pinch myself and wonder, “Am I dreaming?”

I actually wondered that a couple of times during last night’s game.  And it shouldn’t have felt as crazy as it did – the Giants just defeated the defending World Champions in the NLCS by a final of 9-0 and are every bit a solid matchup for the Tigers.  But it did feel a little surreal.  In a good way.  A very, very good way.

There’s still a good deal more work to be done and baseball to be played, but that is a Game 1 that none of us will be forgetting any time soon, I think.

Oh, and can I just throw something out there?  In a game with a lot of good candidates for “favorite moment”, my favorite moment was undoubtedly Verlander’s expression when his pitching coach came out to the mound.  That was priceless.  Seriously, seriously priceless.

Classic, JV.  Classic.

Diamond Girl

p.s.  I know Hunter Pence has gotten his fair share of needling for naming his bats, but I think it’s awesome.  (Of course I do.)  If I were a baseball player, I would totally name my bats.  Sure, my names would probably be, eh, slightly different than his, but still.

Move over, Manic Pixie Dream Girl.  We have the Manic Pixie Dream Bat.

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I #RallyZito’ed Before It Was Cool

The World Series starts tonight and the Giants are in it and that still hasn’t quite sunk in.  I am donning my antlers, just because, and pulling out my Barry Zito pumpkin photo from a few years ago.

I #RallyZito’ed before it was cool.  In other news, yes, I am most definitely a hipster.

Happy Game 1, people!  I cannot wait for this to get started.  I’m hardly even nervous.  Just excited because this is our secondtriptotheWorldSeriesinthreeyears.  If that, my friends, is not marvelous, I don’t know what is.  (Maybe Craig Ferguson monologues?  Yes.  Craig Ferguson monologues are always marvelous.  But the whole World Series thing too.)  Now let’s go get Verlander, shall we?

And post this Zito picture again, because this picture can never be posted enough.

Diamond Girl

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So, The Giants are Going to the World Series.

If there is a such a thing as an instantly classic moment, this is it. Marco Scutaro and rain and a 9-0 lead in Game 7 of NLCS in the 9th inning.

But there were so many classic moments from last night: Hunter Pence’s hit, which is probably one of the strangest and greatest you will ever seen and the fact that that was the Giants first win of a game seven in the entire franchise history. Entire franchise history. Let that sink in for a moment. In sports, we’re prone to saying, “We just saw history,” all the time, but last night was the real thing and it was glorious. Absolutely glorious.

I can’t quite figure out in my head how the Giants went from being half a game back from the Dodgers at the All Star Break to one of the last two teams standing in 2012, but I know the Dodgers got left in the dust along the way and the Reds and the Cardinals were both defeated with a nice dose of drama.

The World Series starts tomorrow in San Francisco, Barry Zito vs. Justin Verlander.

This pitching matchup has got me more excited than any in a long while and it’s such a testament to how much can change in baseball in a couple of years. I started this blog in May 2010 and was a crazy Barry Zito fan. I learned not to say that too loudly around here, because Giants fans did not like it one bit but I’m very, very happy for him. In the final game of the NLCS last night, Buster Posey was the only starting player who was out there in Game 1 of the 2010 World Series. Strange, magical.

I followed Game 1 of that 2010 World Series on a plane coming home from a couple of weeks in New York and was wearing a pair of truly wonderful boots, which I miss to this day. I also miss that starting lineup a bit, but the great thing about baseball is that if you’re very lucky, just when you think you’ve seen the greatest team you will ever see in your life as a fan, another one comes around. I’m inclined to think we are very lucky.

A few more things, real quick… I like the Tigers. Other than the Rangers, there is no AL team I’d rather be facing in the World Series. Also, MarcoScutarowastheMVPanditwasawesomebecausehetotallydeserveditandheisthebest.

World Series, here we come.

Diamond Girl

p.s. For those of you who followed my blog last postseason, you know there was an extra bit of karma in taking out the Cardinals. Game We Do Not Talk About and all that. Nicely done, Giants. Nicely done.

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HeyLets Talk Spots to Watch a Game

I’m already getting jittery for tonight’s game.  I will probably make myself a vanilla Italian soda and curl up in my living room with the television and cross my fingers and hope for a magical unicorn to come and save the day for the Giants.  But for those of you who are not as anti-social about baseball as I am, I thought today would be a good day to get into the best spots to watch games.  My favorites:

Right around the stadium, there are the usual suspects: The Public House, which is nestled pretty much inside the park, but also accessible from outside.  It’s packed to the brim during games, but the energy is as intense as it is inside, so it’s pretty crazy and a lot of fun.  Down the street, there’s the always wonderful hole-in-the-wall, Red’s Java House, which is right on the pier and although I’ve never been, I’ve heard only good things about21st Amendment.  If you like Italian food (and who doesn’t?) Zero Zerois a wonderful and convenient spot and if you like to club and watch games, Bottom of the Hill at – you guessed it! – the bottom of Potrero Hill is a bit out of the way, but completely worth it.  They make a mean black bean hummus, too.  In the East Bay, there’s a lovely 50s style diner called Oscar’s and not only do they play Giants games, but they have a banner as tall as me (which isn’t saying much, but still) for the championship team of 2010 and they wear Giants gear while they fry the french fries before your eyes, need I really say more?

There you have it, America!

As for the North and South Bay, I’m completely clueless so you guys will have to help me with that one.  Comments, people, comments!  If nothing else, it will get your head off of what is to come tonight and after a morning of tweeting #ReplaceSongLyricsWithBarryZito, we all need it.

One last note… for recommendations for all sorts of spectacular and weird things to do around the Bay Area, follow the hashtag on Twitter #HeyLets.  It’s an app that’s going to launch any time now and in the meantime, there’s lots to see on Twitter.  If you want to know about all my weird proclivities for Portuguese music and pumpkin lattes – who are we kidding, you already know about that – that’s where to see ‘em.

Rally Zito.  I am amped and feeling pre-tty optimistic at the moment.  In other news, Italian food sounds really good.

Diamond Girl

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Beware the Ides of March and of October

If you’re looking for someone to innumerate all the reasons that long-haired hippie needs to be traded rightthisverymoment, I cannot oblige.  There have been mutterings in Giants-fandom-land for a few days now, but it got really noisy this evening and the calls for firings and releases and trades began to surface in earnest.  Tonight was an ugly game.  No two ways about that.  Key players – ones who we were looking at to carry us through the postseason – have not performed.  Seeing your team go down 8-3 in the championship series is a terrible feeling.

But.  Let’s step back for a moment.

I think we were all a little, “Beware the ides of March!” this spring.  I heard more than a few of you saying this was going to be a bad season to make the Astros seem all peachy (okay, maybe not that, but still).  I certainly did not see the Giants going to the NLCS.  This makes them the second best team in the National League, technically, and probably third best in the Majors, assuming they’re better than the Yankees at the moment.  (Dear Lord, please say yes, please say yes.)

They’re not playing like that right now.  And them being as successful as they have been doesn’t mean this offseason couldn’t include a good deal of overhaul and even if it doesn’t, we’re free to throw out whatever we want.  But they have been successful.  Very successful.

And you know what?  If tomorrow is the Giants last game of 2012, I hope it’s a good one and I hope we have a good time watching it.  There will always be another baseball season.  This one, I know, has surpassed my expectations and hopes for it.  That said… let’s do this, Barry Zito.  Let’s do this.

Also, pro tip, for any of you who happen to be fabulously wealthy Cardinals fans who come to the game decked out in suits.  You plan ahead, right?  You know you’re coming to the game?  So why on earth would you wear a brown suit when you know you’re going to be sporting all the red gear?  Don’t, people.  Don’t.

In tonight’s Joe Buck scoop, Jack White’s Blunderbuss is available for download online!  Unlike most albums, you know, which you have to go pick up to listen to on your turntable.

Diamond Girl

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