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Fun Facts About Marco Scutaro and Stuff

Look, I know today didn’t go terribly well (understatement of the century?  Perhaps.), but if anyone can help these Giants out of the hole they are rapidly slipping into, Marco Scutaro is the one.  The One, in the romantic comedy sense of the term.  To start with, he’s played on pretty much every team that’s ever existed, which has to count for something.  That something might be figuring out accessories to match his various uniform colors or it might mean some fab experience that will really boost this team down the stretch.  I vote for both.  All of the teams he’s played on, per Wikipedia, just ‘cause:

  • Cleveland Indians
  • Milwaukee Brewers
  • New York Mets
  • Oakland A’s
  • Toronto Blue Jays
  • Boston Red Sox
  • Colorado Rockies
  • San Francisco Giants
  • Boy Band Heaven’s *NSYNC

(Let’s play, Catch the Fake Team Name, shall we?)

There’s also an interesting article about him over on ESPN, which you can read right here and it features his kind of fantastic welcome-to-the-Big-Leagues story.

It was a Sunday day game, so he went into the hotel coffee shop to have breakfast by himself. A couple of seats down, he recognized the Mets’ manager, Bobby Valentine. “Oh my God,” he thought to himself.

He hesitated. Should he go introduce himself? If he didn’t, Valentine might ask him later at the ballpark why he’d avoided him.

So he overcame his shyness and spoke to Valentine. “Hello, Bobby, I’m Marco Scutaro.”

Valentine answered, “Hi, kid, how you doing?” and resumed eating. Then Valentine, a gregarious type, looked up and said, “So, kid, do you live around here, or are you going to school in Cincinnati?”

“I’m Scutaro,” he said.”I’m your new player.”

Anyhows, beyond all of that, I am of the opinion that Charlie Culberson was not a piece of the future in the way you could argue Zach Wheeler was and while this deal is obviously less flashy than that one, it’s also lower risk with a potentially good and productive return.  Hey, it’s not like going big with Beltran worked out, after all that, and I think Scutaro makes a good deal of sense.  The Rockies may be a cool 18.0 games out of first but even so, I am secretly very partial to trading within the division.  Weakening teams that have a flag on our standings pole?  That makes me happy.  And while I’m admitting embarrassing things, it’s worth noting that I do have a Justin Timberlake song on my iPod.  I mean, I bought it to use it for a certain video I was making.  But I do still have it.

Willkommen aboard, Marco.  We have lousy weather and overenthusiastic fans (cough, cough) but we’re pretty fun all the same.  Also, we do not usually lose 10-0 to the Dodgers.  Like, that never happens.  Other than today.  Want to make sure it never happens again?  Please and thank you.

Diamond Girl

p.s.  In heartwarming news, Chris Stewart hit a big ole bomb in New York this evening and the Yanks setting a franchise record for homers in first 100 games of a season at 157.   (Speaking of cool and meaningless stats.)  Am I the only one who misses that guy?  Because I seriously do.

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Luckily, I Was Listening to Enya When I Read the Roster News, Plus PREDICTIONS.

So I chose a kind of a weird time to go on vacation.  While some of the biggest decisions in recent Giants-fan memory were coming out, I was walking to and from the pool and kinda-sorta trying for a tan.  (No luck there.)   When I finally started catching up, I started looping my Enya and went to Twitter.  It’s probably a good thing I had the über-calming music going because, well, my jaw pretty much dropped at the initial 25 man news.  And just as I was picking it up off the floor, I read the Chris Stewart news.  I am still attempting to connect jaw to rest of head and it’s not working terribly well.  Whoa, whoa, whoa, for lack of a better way of putting it.  I did not see any of this coming, but I am happy with it, all around.  The Giants are looking pretty young and energized going into Opening Day and what else can you really ask for?  (Other than pre-steroid scandal Ryan Braun starting in left, but hey, you can’t have it all.)

I’m sad to see Chris Stewart go, because I was rather partial to him, but I am also always glad to see guys go the Yankees.  It feels like sending them to a family member’s house, rather than to a complete stranger, to use a slightly strange analogy.  That is my inner New Yorker speaking, don’t mind it.  So in many ways, I’m actually happy for Stewart and wish him safe travels with the Yankees.

Here is my happy waving GIF, because if you don’t laugh, you might cry.  Not that I cry about baseball trades.  Usually.  Let’s not talk Bengie Molina and I’ll be fine.  Don’t get between me and my catchers, people.  People being Brian Sabean.

And now!  I’m a couple hours late this year, but I’m going to do some predictions now.  I like to do them before the season kicks off, but just bear with me.  It’s not like the first few innings of a game give me any edge on the rest of you who predicted a few days ago, so!

 National League

East:  Philadelphia Phillies

Central:  St. Louis Cardinals

West:  San Francisco Giants

Wildcards:  Colorado Rockies, Cincinnati Reds

American League

East:  New York Yankees

Central:  Detroit Tigers

West:  Texas Rangers

Wildcards:   Tampa Bay Rays, Cleveland Indians

See?  No need to worry that I have an edge, prediction-wise.  I am so terrible with ‘em that the timing makes zero difference.  But now I have put them out there and can cringe over them for the next six months or so and it just wouldn’t be baseball season without that.  Have you all made predictions?  Put them (or a link to them) in the comments so we can commiserate/I can get completely jealous of your brilliance.  ‘K?  ‘K.

Happy Pappy Opening Day!

Ever-So-Slightly-Tanned Diamond Girl

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It’s That Time of Year Again. When They Make Roster Cuts and I Ask for Your Money.

First, a little personal announcement before I get into all the fabulous drama that is raging in Giants-land right now.  One of a few reasons I’ve been a bit MIA lately is that I’m doing a project in honor of my birthday, which is coming up on the 8th,and it’s a wonderful time-eater, but a time-eater all the same.  This means, of course, that it’s that time of year again when I ask you for your money and promise you something absolutely irresistible in return.  Last year, it was Fair Trade chocolate and this year, it’s earrings, made by women who have been rescued from human trafficking in Thailand.  Here is my video about it:

It’s a cause close to my heart because it presents economic solutions to the complex issue of slavery in the world today, by providing futures for former victims and alternative industry in the country of Thailand.  And a tip of the white beanie to Giants leftie Jeremy Affeldt for getting me on the modern-day abolitionist bandwagon a few years back.  (Yes, that’s a baseball connection!)  Jeremy is very involved with the wonderful organization, the Not for Sale Campaign, which is a great info resource for learning more and getting involved in this fight.  Their website is: www.notforsalecampaign.org.  

If you feel so inclined, you can donate via PayPal (info on the website at: www.apriceonyourdreams.wordpress.com).   My fish and I would thank you greatly and you or a lady in your life would adore these earrings.  Trust the Lover of All Things Prada on this one.

Onwards to All Things Baseball!  I can’t believe we’re a week away from Opening Day and am terribly excited.  Watching the roster get whittled down to the final 25 is rather nerve-wracking experience for me but fascinating all the same.  It feel s a bit like our fate is being set into stone, never mind the fact the roster will change a thousand times during the year.  This roster setting is still the biggest one.  Until the playoffs, of course.  Of course.

Like all the other legions of Giants fans, I am very, very curious to see what happens with The Brandon Belt this year and also to see if the team can reach a deal with Matt Cain before the season starts up.  The word yesterday that they might go with neither Whiteside nor Stewart as the back-up catcher also made my jaw drop, just a little.  I am partial to Stewart, as y’all know, but if the Giants want to move in the, eh, youthful direction, I am not opposed to that at all.  Which is to say, I suppose, that I also see a potential silver lining to Freddy Sanchez starting the season on the disabled list.  I am still waiting on the silver lining to Vogey being put on the DL as well, but I will let you know if I find one.

If I’m lucky, who knows, it could be a golden lining.  Or a golden ticket. 

Yes, I think I might just be able to get used to that idea.

In the meantime, although I have said I’m not entirely adverse to the idea of Cain becoming a free agent, I think I have grown a healthy dislike of Larry Baer.  I seem to be behind the curve here, but better late than never, right?  Anyhow, Baer is easier to blame than Sabean.  Sabean drafted the Core Four for the Yankees and, yeah, won the Giants a World Series.  That too.  Baer has installed fake falcons.  Which are kind of a cool concept, admittedly, but kind of completely beside the point, too.

Diamond Girl

p.s.  And, hey.  If you any of you are feeling especially generous, you know what I want for my birthday.

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At Turns Banged Up, Cuckoo and Terrible

Just as I was starting to think we might get through Spring Training with minimal disastrousness, everything started to, well, fall apart.  That’s what I get for trying to be optimistic.  The offense has started snoozing enthusiastically, the pitchers are pretty much looking at turns banged up (Vogey), cuckoo (Zito) and terrible (Zito again, plus a bunch of other starters and a few relievers).  There’s no such thing as a free pass, huh?  I am just trying to visualize this as the spring equivalent to the dog days of August and convincing myself that everything will be all ironed out by the Opening Day.

Cross your fingers with me, m’kay?

In other news, I have another example of the strange but undeniable fact that the Giants and I obviously mystically connected.  Case in point?  Just as they get all injured, I get a nasty fever and cold.  Seriously, people.  This is eerie.  I spent last night making pesto with badly ground basil, watching Annie Hall and then promptly sleeping for thirteen hours or so.  The fever has faded now.  The Giants might try that, you know, if all else fails, because I am totally feeling better now.  Who knows, some Woody Allen could do wonders for Brandon Belt’s sore hip!

The thing that’s really been on my mind lately, though, is the peculiar phenomenon of the Overperformer in Spring Training Who Makes Opening Day Roster Against All Odds.  John Bowker comes to mind, but there’s really one almost every year.  If I were not still groggy and sick, I would try to get some statistics on this front, because I am honestly extremely skeptical of these guys.  Really, how often do they end up succeeding?  Is there any good reason to believe that a little while longer in the minors would be terrible for them?  I’ve been thinking about this, of course, because of Hector Sanchez, who is, admittedly, tearing it up with the bat and the Giants need that badly.  But I think I am rooting against him playing in San Francisco on April 9th all the same.  If nothing else, it makes for a much better story for the papers/Tweeps if he comes up in May, a la Buster Posey.  And if something else, he might do a thousand times better.  Stewart and/or Whiteside can do a perfectly good job keeping the bench warm, while Sanchez gets ready.  This is what I vote for.

Diamond Girl 

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Report: Sabean Has Kansas City Sympathies!

Hello, blog and blog readers!  It’s been a little while, hasn’t it?  Well, a few days.  I am young and silly and see a few days as an absolute eternity, so bear with me. 

Anyhow, I have spent these past three days eating mini-cupcakes with green frosting – which, as far as I can tell, are the only upside to St. Patrick’s Day – and listening to Jon Miller on the radio, broadcasting Giants games from rainy Arizona in equally rainy California.  I love the rain and all, but this is still a little extreme.  Enter knit blanket, knit wrap and thick, knit socks.  I am all cocooned and almost warm.  So!  Time to write a blog post.

As I’ve said before, I’ve been largely encouraged by San Francisco’s showing in Spring Training so far.  There have been no massive train wrecks yet and I don’ t feel eliminated from contention on March 19th (in fact, more like completely in contention, what with extra wildcard and all) so the world feels like a bright place, indeed. 

Other than the one big ol’ raincloud and I’m not talking about the one outside my window.  I’m talking about the one named Frederick Phillip Sanchez, Jr.  I’m talking about Freddy Sanchez, peeps.  He’s ache-y and pain-y and injury prone.  We all know that.  But this latest news is still a buzz-kill of massive proportions.  I am a big believer that the mystical powers of Freddy Sanchez at second base = duh, winning so Bruce Bochy’s recent quotes that he may or may not be ready for Opening Day not good news at all.  At all, at all.  Sure, success in 2012 is going to be tied into a whole bunch of guys, not just Sanchez, but I think he’s a key element.  Right up there with Aubrey Huff and Buster Posey’s Ankle.

I’m also a tiny bit worried about the recent trade rumors swirling around Chris Stewart and Eli Whiteside and the Royal of Kansas City.  Which is not in Kansas, for the record.  Not making that mistake again.  It does seem more likely that it will be Whiteside, if anyone, because he has a relationship (no-hitter, y’all) with Jonathan Sanchez, but there’s a possibility it could be Stewart instead.  This may or may not be a terribly popular opinion, but I would really rather not lose Stewart.  I have a deep and long-held belief in Stewart and would like to see at least one more year of him in a Giants uniform as back-up catcher.  I think we might see good things.  Not Buster Posey’s Ankle level, but good all the same.

This does leave me wondering, though: do I sense a trend?  Has Brian Sabean moved his sympathies from the Mets (see:  Zach Wheeler, Andres Torres, Ramon Ramirez) to the Royals (see:  Jonathan Sanchez, potentially one of our back-up catchers)?  Does this mean the Royals are soon going to be filing for bankruptcy and Sabean feels badly, so he’s going to trade loads of our players to them?  The mysteries, the mysteries.

Diamond Girl

p.s.  C.J. Wilson has lost his Best Hair Crown for good for tweeting the loveable Mike Napoli’s phone number out as a “prank”.  I love a good prank as much as the next person, but I have to say I am 100% on Napoli’s side on this.  There’s funny and then there’s basically nasty.  This falls in the basically nasty category, or so my non-existent tarot cards say.

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