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Your Choice

Apparently, the Giants failed to notice the part of yesterday’s blog post  where, after I detailed how they could train wreck the rest of the season, I put a disclaimer.  In case you missed it too, it was: “Note: I am not endorsing this or recommending this.”

They are rather stubborn, this bunch, and they don’t hit ever, in the same way that Facebook doesn’t crash ever.  (Yep, I quote The Social Network when I’m depressed.)

Bochy named this as the Official Low Point of the Season, though frankly, I could think of some other ones, like the day when everyone got injured or the day when… well, you get the point.  This has been a season with a few ups and a whole lot of downs.

It’s not over, of course.  There are still a fair number of cold hard baseball games to be played and the Giants still have some great pitchers and, you know, Carlos Beltran.  None of that has changed.  They’re not brilliant, but in my opinion, they weren’t last year either.  There are the obvious differences like lack of Buster and Freddy, but stranger things have happened.

As much as a part of me wants them to just quietly slip off the map now, another part of me thinks that I’d sure as heck like a good show in the last month of the season, whether or not they end up in the playoffs.

I don’t think the team has changed that much.  I think it’s our perception.  The orange-tinted glasses have fallen off in a hurry and the Giants need to clean up the pieces.

I’m sure there are a lot of people who are just settling in for the wait until Opening Day, 2012, but that feels beside the point.  The season isn’t over until the last pitch is thrown, bottom line, as this team proved last year and until then we just need to ride with it as fans.

Or find an ocean paradise and sunbathe without a radio/TV/internet connection for a month and just forget Giants baseball exists.  Your choice.

Diamond Girl

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Moral of the Story? Chill the Heck Out.

I was going to say that Panda was not at all express and he took his sweet time, but look what happened when he finally did arrive but that seems in poor taste now.  Seeing as the Cubbies won.  After all that.  Wilson blew the save and then Ramon Ramirez blew whatever else there was to blow in the 13th.  The offense crossed the line from “sleepy” to “fast asleep” and Matt Cain’s performance of seven shutout innings was largely forgotten.  Not to mention his 1000th strikeout.  That was entirely forgotten.

There.  Did I cover it all?

No, I think I missed this part: the Giants recently went on a seven game winning streak.  As we end June and sneak up to the All Star Break, they’re in first place, two games ahead of Arizona with 46 wins and one of the best records in Major League Baseball.

Moral of the story?

Chill the heck out.

Yep, the game was basically terrible and your totally staunch closer blowing a save would make any division lead feel insanely tentative, I think.  Don’t panic yet, friends.

Bochy promised “changes ahead”.  I can’t decide if that’s a tactic to comfort the homicidal/suicidal Giants fans after a game like this or he really means it.  I also don’t know whether I like it or not.  If he means stirring the pot a little, mixing up the lineups, getting a few fresh faces in there and demanding an answer from Sabes about why he likes Bill Hall, I’m all for it.  If it means mini-trades (not Nate!  Not Nate!  Not Nate!), acquisition of DFA’d players or something else like that, then I’d rather he just stuck with talking about it, not doing it.

By the way, the mini-Uribe drama the other day got me looking at his stats and… oh.  I’m sad to see him in a, um, slump like that.  But still glad he isn’t going to be back in orange and black in the imminent future, seeing as there’s a lot of money to be paid to him.  Incidentally, I don’t think what Sabean said really totally shot down the rumors.  He said he hadn’t spoken to Ned Colletti in weeks.  But if it’s true that he doesn’t answer his phone, then maybe Ned left messages offering Uribe or something and he just hasn’t called back?  Sorry.  I had to throw it out there.

I have to check out now.  I did the PA announcing for a Little League All Star game for the first time last night (yes, someone dropped Renel on me) and that somehow qualifies me to teach another person to do it tonight.   Wish me luck with that.  I am armed with a kid-friendly playlist featuring lots of Owl City and some other secret weapons in case things get ugly with the parents.  I mean, how am I supposed to know there are that many ways to spell the name “Rider” and they’re all pronounced the same way?

Diamond Girl

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I Had A Ball.

Not like an I-am-Scarlett-O’Hara ball.  Like I went to baseball game and had a great time. Which, now that I think of it, is a ball(game).  No pun was intended.

The baseball game was in Anaheim which seemed like a bit of a dismal place (sorry, Anaheim-ians) but that may have had to do with the fact that I was half-asleep on the way there.

Let’s just say it’s impossible to be half asleep at the actual stadium because there are so many attendants.  Everywhere.  Talking you to.  All the time. 

Our seats were in the second row, second deck which is the deck I’ve never sat in and it was something else.  There was a nice little restaurant overlooking right field which we watched BP from and the waitress told us her name about 50 times in 10 minutes.  It was impressive.

Our section was right next to the suites and walking through the halls I saw carts with these really fancy cupcakes on them, being delivered to the suites.  I was sorely tempted to pilch a few, but I settled for an ice cream sandwich with chocolate chip cookies.  Whose idea was it to freeze chocolate chip cookies?  Because it’s weird.

When it came down to it, I basically rooted for the Angels.  I have Erick Aybar nostalgia from 2009 ALCS and they have a sweet rookie named Alexi Amarista.  Then again, when the Rangers vs. A’s score (A’s won 7-2) popped up in center field, I switched allegiances.  I gotta stand by my beautiful people who inhabit Texas.

This also helped me root for the White Sox.

Bitter.  Very bitter.

May I also say that I have never been to an even semi-warm baseball game and I was so excited for this one?  Well, when I sat down at 7:00 I had a coat and a blanket.  And it just got colder from there.

Really?

I think I bring the cold weather wherever I go.

Overall, I liked the stadium.  The fans were really mellow (read: totally silent) and the giant Angels caps in the front and yes, the fountain are undeniably a lot of fun.

But they could work on the whole scoreboard situation.

That black bar was there for several innings.

And has anyone else noticed that the clouds look exactly the same, no matter what city you’re in or what the weather’s like?  I think it must have something to do with the stadium lights.

So thank you for your hospitality, Anaheim.  You are definitely the preferable stadium in Southern California.

Diamond Girl

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The Verdict on Suppan and the Jon Daniels Lookin’ Like Shia LaBeouf Thing

Happy Birthday, Mike Krukow!

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I am a rabid Kruk fan and I care very deeply that people say Kruk and Kuip, not Kuip and Kruk.  That just feels so wrong.  Anyway, I hope he has a lovely birthday and I am so looking forward to listening to him again.

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That’s Kruk and Kuip on baseball.  Ennn-joy the ballgame.

Someone asked me my thoughts on the Suppan signing as the “6th starter”.  I’m not 100% sold on it.  I think the ideal 6th starter is a younger person who is looking to make it, not looking for a place to finish up his career.  But since the Giants have four above-average starters locked in for a few years to come (and Zito who is locked in, above average or not) I can see why they would go with Suppan.  A interesting or iffy young pitcher doesn’t have a place in their organization right now, whereas Suppan could play a solid number six/relief role and he isn’t looking for fame or glory.  He’s already had that.  And if it’s a train wreck in spring training then, hey, there’s a way out.  So I think it’s a basically positive move.

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Rangers FanFest is this weekend and I so, so want to be in Arlington.  I am living vicariously through my Texan readers.  Tell me all about it.

Diamond Girl

p.s.  Yesterday, @MLBFanHouse tweeted, “Does Jon Daniels look a little like Shia LeBeouf? I say yes.”

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I don’t see it.  At all.  My sister does, but I am totally puzzled.  Come to my support, people.  Is there any resemblance? 

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Day One in Snowflake Earrings Retrospective: Black Friday Wishlist filled with Rangers Toaster, “Don’t Ask Me, Ask Barry” Tees and More

I am in a good mood today.  It’s Day One in snowflake earrings.  I have these snowflake earrings I adore, but I only wear them from the day after Thanksgiving ’til the beginning or March or so.  I am savoring every day.

So here I am, sitting with my laptop  checking store websites to see if there are any good deals.  So far: nothing.  Nothing that incites me to scream and click “checkout”.  Not even anything that incites me to scream under my breath.  I am disappointed in Black Friday.  It strikes me as a bit like Body Scanner Opt-Out Day… way media hyped and not really that huge a deal.  Correct me if I’m wrong, Black Friday-ers!

Anyway, just because I’m not buying doesn’t mean I’m not oogling some stuff.  So I decided to make my holiday wish list.  Baseball themed holiday wish list, that is.  I’m telling the people in my life to buy me silly things like an Evenstar necklace pendant and a Sephora 30 color eye-shadow palette.  But this list is just a lot of things I don’t need (I do need an Evenstar pendant, you know) but think are adorable and worth staring at for a few minutes.  And a few things I think are too funny not to share.

(I would also like to note that I currently have a Cubs Christmas tree ornament.  It’s a little snowman, with a Cubs logo on his front, came straight from Chicago.  Very sweet, but I’m not a Cubs fan.  So it’s on my dresser.  Sort of hidden.)

The Good

Texas Rangers L-O-V-E T-shirt by Majestic Athletic

$21.99

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I’m not usually into using something other than a team color to make a shirt more feminine, as I discussed here, but this one is just so adorable.  The pink makes sense, here.

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San Francisco Giants Women’s “Get on Board” T-shirt

$21.99

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Aside from the giant faux-pas of using a font that is/resembles Curlz MT, which is almost as overused as Comic Sans (have I mentioned that I am a font geek?), I want this shirt now.  It’s unique and has a San Francisco flare which I love.

 

 


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Ask Barry T-shirt

$35.4

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Back in the day, the story goes, Barry Zito and Barry Bonds had lockers next to each other and at Spring Training one year, they wore these t-shirts.  “Don’t Ask Me, Ask Barry” is a great way to answer people.  And an even better way to answer people is to, you know, point at your shirt.  So I want one.

 

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Tickets to the Giants vs. Brewers (@ SF) games, July 22nd, 23rd, 24th

Price depending on how generous the giver is. 

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I luv u, Ryan Braun.  ‘Nuff said.

 

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San Francisco Giants Dangle Earrings

$17.99 $7.59

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If someone gave these to me, I might actually take out my snowflake earrings for a day during Snowflake Earring Season.  Might.

 

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 The Funny

 

Boelter San Francisco Giants Personalized Bowl

$39.99

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a. I will not pay 39.99 for a bowl.  b. Does it come with pretzels?  c.  PERSONALIZED BOWL? Not cool, darling people.  Not cool.

 

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Pangea Texas Rangers ProToast Toaster

$34.99

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How do they come up with these things?  And I’m taking votes: who thinks they made a piece of toast with the “T” on it and who they thinks they just Photoshopped it in?  And why do they sell a Rangers toaster and not a Giants one?  Do they think people in Texas eat more toast?  Or people in San Fran are all on non-wheat diets?

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So who went shopping this Friday and did you find anything incredible?  And what’s on your holiday wish list this year?

Will report on Day Two in Snowflake Earrings.

Diamond Girl

p.s.  Apologies for the oddness in the font, bolds etc.  MLBlogs is being a little weird.  I will try to fix it again later.

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