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It’s Raining (Not Here, In the Painting)

I was browsing poster websites this afternoon, trying to find something to fit that pesky spot on my wall next to my massive (massive, massive) Lord of the Rings poster and after browsing awesome Burton and creepily-fabulous Coraline, I found this.

I am something of a Rockwell fanatic, actually, and have an absolutely awesome big book about him with lots of wonderful prints (it’s called Norman Rockwell’s People and you should probably go buy it now) that holds a place of honor in my heart and on my shelf.  I was always partial to A Day in the Life of a Girl, Outside the Principal’s Office, Girl at the Mirror, The Marriage License, Triple Self Portrait… too many to list.  C’mon, some of you must be Norman fans too, right?

But then there are his baseball paintings.  They’re special in a unique sort of way- they always give me this feeling like, Some things never change.  The players, the fields, the umps… in a way they all sort of looked the same then as they do now.  It makes me miss baseball but also puts the seasons and the game and all that in a kind of perspective.  Without getting entirely cheesy, you know what I mean?

I am so buying this thing.  Maybe it’ll go next to Buster Posey in my kitchen.  They’d make a nice pair.  And then I could squeeze Johnny Depp’s Willy Wonka into my bedroom.  And Coraline and her button eyes may have to be relegated to the ceiling.  Whoever said interior decorating was easy…

Diamond Girl

p.s.  The Giants might trade Timmy.  Yeah.  Right.  Totally.

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Carlos the Giant (Yep, There’s a Photo!) and The Desperate Ballplayers Being Non-Desperate

The last of the pecan rolls are gone and I am sitting here sniffling about what may have been Carlos Beltran’s last game at home in a Mets uniform and trying to picture him in a Giants uni.

I was having a hard time, so…

This followed.

And after looking at my photo editing genius long and hard I came to two conclusions: 1) I am a photo editing genius (sorry, did I already say that?) and 2) I’m not totally sold on Carlos being a good fit for the Giants.  Even if we could, by some stretch of the imagination, get him for a few low level prospects.  Beltran is batting .290 with 15 homers.  He’s not brute strength.  But he’s a distant cousin, I think.  And I guess I just wonder how The Big Bat acquisition would actually influence the team.  Last year at the trade deadline there were similar discussions of getting something to bolster the offense in a big way, but we ended up with Javier Lopez and Ramon Ramirez and after the trade deadline, some fantastic waiver acquisitions.  I guess Carlos Beltran feels like the easy, obvious way out.  And though I’m a Giants fan, I do live in A’s territory, so maybe it’s some inbred Moneyball complex that makes me opposed to it.  Then again, assuming he goes over to a contender, that could make problems for San Francisco down the road.  If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, right?  Either way, I do like Beltran and have 2006 playoff nostalgia, so if he comes, I think the team could run with it.  But I’m not sending Brian Sabean urgent texts about this just yet.

I also just got around to watching The Franchise and I think this episode was a big step down from the last one.  Not at all Desperate Ballplayers-ish.  Maybe they were hoping the Giants would have a trainwreck season and all this winning just isn’t suited for the cameras.  More specifically, I understand that Vogelsong is a good story, I really do, but I just think we’ve heard enough for a little while.  And of course this was the one where they put the bright lights on Brian Wilson, which left me drumming my fingers.  Even for Wilson, it wasn’t very innovative or new.

The good parts!

Ryan congratulating Bochy was sweet, if it felt a little staged.  But he really. needs. to. cut. the. hair.  Pronto.

Scenic shots of the Golden Gate Bridge.  This is show is definitely not targeted at San Fran’ers.

And then Barry’s totally amazing kitchen and chairs- they’re even orange!- and sunglasses.  The white pants?  Not so much.  I so want his aquarium, too.  I do, however, wonder about his whole being away from civilization thing.  I mean, this view hardly constitutes the wild.

So another week ending firmly in first place.  The Giants aren’t running away with the division exactly, but I always liked walking better anyway.  And they are most certainly walking away with it.

Diamond Girl

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ROBBED! – In the Absence of Forbes, Diamond Girl’s Best Dressed MLB’er List feat. Ryan, Andy & Andres

Robbed!  This week, Forbes magazine named the best dressed athletes of 2010.  There are three basketball players, two NFLers, two hockey players, three tennis players (well, four people, if you count the William’s sisters as two, which they don’t), one soccer player, one boxer, one golfer and one equestrian.  There is an equestrian on there.  But not ONE baseball player.  Huh?  Baseball players have some style issues, but they couldn’t find one put on the list?  Inexcusable snub.  Y’all know what’s coming next.  Here it is:  SF Diamond Girl’s Best Dressed Baseball Players list.  Here we go.

Best Dressed: Ryan Braun

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No one saw that coming, right?  Not only does Ryan always ace it in public appearances he designs his own line of clothing which is hip, unique and still a little classic.  The line is described as, “[It] displays rich symbols of past and present, good and evil, grit and glam recreated in a pageantry of fashion. Emblems of war, peace, love and myth, are woven into the wearable translation of an unfolding story.”  If I spent $60 on a t-shirt, I would totally buy one.  But, on principle, I won’t.

Runner-Up:  Andy Pettitte

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I just adore the way Andy plays with stripes here.  The straight and diagonal stripes mesh in a slightly edgy look and the grey suit and pink tie complement each other perfectly.  Huge success.

Runner Up #2:  Andres Torres

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Yeah, I know he’s blinking.  But this is the only picture where you can see the boot-cut jeans in all their glory.  And the trendy jacket.  It’s casual and fun and the darker wash jeans make it professional enough for the event at hand.  (But not too professional.  See Zito for a this-is-what-you-should-not-do.)

So Forbes, you were wrong.  Baseball players can be fashion gurus too.  And I would like to say that Beckham, Casiraghi, and Federer are the only people who warrant the title of best-dressed on your list. Robbed, I say!

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Olives, Life, Baseball and Sunglasses, Feat. Jon Daniels in D&G Sunglasses (Yes, I Edited It)

My little brother was trying to wake me up this morning and having a bit of a difficult time.  So he said, “Emily, Matt Holliday was traded!”  “Mmm… to who?”  (It should have been “to whom”, but I was half-asleep so my grasp of the English grammatical system was slightly impaired.)  “The Mets!  For Johan Santana!”  I sat up straight.  “No way!”  Yeah, no way.  He wasn’t traded.  But I am awake now.

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So then I was eating olives and thinking about life.  And baseball.  And sunglasses.  And I realized that although Jon Daniels is obviously a good GM (Executive of the Year, people!) he has some style issues.  Namely, the sunglasses.

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They are atrocious, in my humble opinion.  Too small, too tight, too wannabe sporty.  So I decided to find some better ones.  These D&G frames are a little larger and have a hint of aviator, which is flattering to some face shapes.  Since he might not want to fork down the money for D&G sunglasses, there’s this guy in the Westfield Shopping Center in San Fran who sells fake designer stuff, who I’d like to recommend.  He tries to sell me a different designer every time I go there.

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I was going to give Jayson Werth some sunglasses advice, in honor of his, you know, huge and basically endless contract until I remembered that no matter how good the sunglasses are you have to look good underneath.  So step 1 is to cut his hair and shave off the beard.  After that, I can give some advice.  I’m thinking Versace.

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The.  Winter.  Meetings.  Begin.  Tomorrow.  Be excited.  Be very excited.

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This is for you, Eugenio (and a little bit for you, Executive of the Year) and Why Dave Groeschner is Due for a Mohawk

So this post was going to be for Eugenio Velez and then I read that Jon Daniels was named Executive of the Year by Baseball America and so I had to mention that first and foremost.  Congratulations to Jon and the whole Rangers organization.  Very much deserved.  It’s Time, and all that.

Anyway.  I miss Eugenio already.  Which is weird, because he hardly played last year, but I still miss him, you know, being there.  I know there is still the possibility that the Giants will sign him to a minor league contract, but I doubt that will happen.  At first I was very sad to hear they had non-tendered him but I’m trying to look at a bright side.  Hopefully he will find an organization that does need and want him now and has room for him in the majors.  I think if someone puts some confidence in him and gives him a real chance he will be a strong MLBer.  (Don’t breathe a word about his bunt attempts.  Seriously.  Don’t.)  And I do have a few teams on my wish list of who signs him.  Ahem, Doug Melvin or Jon Daniels?  Y’all should sign Eugenio Velez.  To see him in Brewer Blue or Ranger Red would make me very happy. 

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Meanwhile the Giants did tender Andres Torres, Jonathan Sanchez, Cody Ross, Javier Lopez, Ramon Ramirez and Santiago Casilla.  Ray and Velez are the two who were not tendered.  Both Burrell and Fontenot were signed to one year, one million dollar deals.  It looks to me (and probably to everyone else on the face of this beautiful planet) like Sabean is trying to re-sign everyone and keep the idea the same.  The problem I see with that, as I’ve written about before, is they’re not misfits anymore.  They’re players who won the World Series and are earning some nice money now.  Will it work again? 

Then again, there might be some big moves still ahead for the Giants.  Sabean tends to surprise us like that.  So you know when we’ll find out?  Yeah, you guessed it.  The Winter Meetings.  Three days.  I am still giddily excited.  Stay tuned.

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And it’s Day 8 and the snowflake earrings are still in my ears, in case you were wondering. 

Diamond Girl

p.s.  Dave Groeschner is due for a mohawk.  In the Inside the Clbhouse:  Hitters from January, he tells Pablo that if they go to the World Series, he’ll get one.  They went to the World Series.  Heck, they won the World Series.  He totally needs to get one now.

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