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Potential Last Post Ever, Plus Why I Wouldn’t Let Bruce Bochy Design My Bath Rug

I know I’m in the minority here, but I feel I need to say it: I think World Series rings are ugly.  The whole idea is perfectly nice and I understand the symbolic importance and the ceremony was lovely… but the actual rings are pretty much the tackiest kind of jewelry Snooki and Sears could have dreamed up.  It’ s like what they sell at Claire’s, except the target demographic is not pre-teen girls who like earrings with watermelons (WATERMELONS, peope) on them and they’re, um, covered in diamonds.  So presumably they have a slightly higher retail value.  Still, terribly ugly, if you ask me.

Let me put it this way: I would not let Bruce Bochy go near the design ideas for my bath rug, as much adoration as I have for him.  He helped design the rings.  Go figure.

Anyhow, I’ll stop sticking my foot in my mouth now.  The game was on the ugly side, too.  I think the Cardinals were probably pretty sick and tired of all the ceremonies and they channeled it into their baseball-ing.  They shelled Cain for nine runs in the fourth inning and ended up winning 14-3.  In a bright moment, Angel Pagan did hit a booming triple but he was left stranded, which kind of took away from the boomingness.

I’ve heard talks about a few people’s slow starts, but I think it’s really still too early to call them slow starts.  Like, slow first five seconds would maybe be more appropriate?

I was sitting outside in my garden today and suddenly looked up to see a cat sitting about ten feet away and staring straight at me, completely still.  I assume this means I’m destined for an imminent and terrible death, so if I don’t blog again, hugs and kisses, you guys were great.

Diamond Girl

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A Sense of Inevitability

Nearly 24 hours ago, now, the Giants became World Champions.  It always takes me a little while to collect my thoughts after a game like that, because there is so much to be said.  First of all…

Congratulations to the 2012 San Francisco Giants.

Not only are they World Champions, but they are a group of guys I could not be happier for.  To a man, they are all class acts and the kind of people I want to root for.  This team captured my heart in every way, even more than that 2010 team.  I mean, how on earth could you not be thrilled for Sergio Romo when he got to pitch the last one of the game?  How could you not be elated for Ryan Theriot (THE RIOT) and Marco Scutaro when they combined for the winning run in the 10th inning?

Just a magical, unexpected season – at least to me, maybe some of you wizkids expected it – and it’s still a little surreal to think it’s over.  The most amazing part to me, perhaps, is what Henry Schulman at the Chronicle called “a sense of inevitability” when the Giants had a commanding seven game lead with nineteen left to play.  That phrase stuck with me.  There was a moment when that inevitability began to set in during the regular season and to me, it never quite left.  Even against the wall versus Cincinnati and then against St. Louis.

When #RallyZito hit the scene, it took it to a whole new level: there was no way they could lose.  And they did not let us down.  They did not lose a game after that.  It was not luck.  This was quietly a very, very good team.  The best in the Major Leagues, in fact.

I think I’ll remember this as the postseason of rain, but also for the opponents we faced.  The Reds and Cardinals obviously put up quite a fight and I am sure, even as a Giants fan, the Tigers are better than they played.  See you next year, Motor City, because I have a feeling you’ll be back.

Lastly, I would like to thank all you marvelous people for following along through this season.  It’s always bittersweet when it comes to an end, even though this one is more sweet than bitter.  Still, it’s been a wonderful ride and not least of all for all your comments and tweets.  I am an enthusiastic offseason blogger, though, so you won’t have a chance to miss me.

See you all parading down Market on Wednesday – I will hopefully be a few inches taller than I am now.

Diamond Girl

p.s.  I will never stop using this GIF.

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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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7 Things About the Number 7

I’m going to try to make this quick because Game 7 is creeping up on us and I have to try to do normal human being things in between now and then.  (Crazy, I know.)

For starters, Game 6 was the best thing since… Game 5, I guess.  We are spoiled, spoiled fans.  Ryan Vogelsong pretty much convinced me for good that enchiladas are the food to eat the night before something important, being every bit as good as we could have hoped and the offense did that crazy thing called hitting, time and time again.  I don’t know – and I don’t even know if I want to know – what it is about being faced with elimination that makes this team wake up, but it is amazing to watch.

Tonight is Game 7, so now seems like a good moment for a 7 Things About the Number 7 list.

7.  It’s the number you can either write like it’s going to look in this blog post, which sort of reminds me of a tree without any branches, or you can write it with the cross through it and sit back and wait for people to ask you what the heck you are writing.  Have fun, guys.

6.  7-Eleven of “at the center of the earth in the parking lot / of the 7-Eleven where I was taught” fame.  That is literally my only association with 7-Eleven.  Can you tell I grew up in the Bay Area?  We don’t drink Slurpees here, we drink $8 organic smoothies.

5.  007.  My name is Diamond Girl.  SF Diamond Girl.

4.  The traditional count of Basque provinces as expressed in the slogan Zazpiak Bat.  I love you too, Wikipedia.

3.  The number of islands in Atlantis.  You know, people have thrown out pretty much every location on the face of the planet for where Atlantis could have been, but has anyone suggested McCovey Cove?  No?  Let me be the first.

2.  The number of games you play when your team gets a kick out of being up for elimination.

1.  What we’re going to bite our nails through tonight.  I’m drifting between complete confidence and abject misery at the thought.  Remember what I said about enjoying it, no matter what, win or lose?  Still holds true.  (Kinda.)  Fingers crossed.  With red licorice between them.

Yes, We Cain.

Diamond Girl

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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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