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The Evils of Consumerism On an Off Day

As you guys know, I have a love-hate relationship with off days.  Aside from them being necessary because of travel and whatever, they’re hard on us fans.  The World Series is intense and a day away from it, while it should be relaxing, just leaves ample time for us all to go stir crazy.   (On which note, anyone else see World War III break out on Twitter today about sabermetrics and the Giants?  As I said.  Stir crazy.)

The Giants are up 2-0 in the series, which is obviously the best way to go into an off day.  A little feeling of confidence is unavoidable (not to mention, wonderful) but this team has come from behind to steal too many series’ this season for me to write off the Tigers.

Madison Bumgarner helped out the cause quite a bit with a stellar performance last night, making us all basically feel like slackers, because he’s 23 and he’s already pitched in two World Series game, not to mention he has a World Series ERA of… 0.00.

Do those zeros look like googly eyes to you?  Because they do to me.  Googly eyes like, “Holy crap, how did we get this lucky?”

The series heads to freezing Detroit now, so it seems only fitting to give full disclosure that I absolutely have a Detroit complex.  See, the Bay Area part of me doesn’t fall prey to the evils of consumerism and advertising, but… I am a complete sucker for those Chrysler commercials.

My sources tell me Detroit is not nearly that pretty (understatement of the year?  Perhaps.), but still.  I hope FOX does some pretty shots of the city.  With that completely awesome slow-mo camera of theirs, maybe?  A girl can dream.  A girl can also have nightmares.  Which I have had about that awesome slow-mo camera of theirs.

Diamond Girl

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First It Was Beautiful, Then It Was Halftime and Now It’s Baseball Season (Don’t Question My Logic)

You knew I would start this off talking about Chrysler’s new Super Bowl spot, didn’t you?

I fell absolutely in love with their ad last year, featuring Eminem and Beautiful and I was very, very excited to see what they would follow it up with this year.  Not excited enough to actually watch the game, mind you, but excited enough to check it out on YouTube and then promptly watch it, oh, twenty times a row.  I think I’m still more partial to last year’s- just because it coined the whole “Imported From Detroit” slogan and really kicked off their new look- but I think this year’s was very well done, too.  Can’t beat Clint Eastwood, right?

I do have this strange urge, though, when he says, “It’s halftime,” to yell out, “No!”  Because I know it’s a metaphor and all that but, er, Clint?  Chrysler ad people?  It ain’t halftime no more.  Excuse my double negative, but I feel pretty strongly about this.

It’s baseball season.

Sure, we’re still a couple weeks away from Catchers and Pitchers Report to Work on Their Tans Day but as soon as the guys in tight plastic outfits stop bashing into each other and the pointy brown ball gets put away (okay, I admit it, I don’t get football) our lovely sport of baseball gets center stage for a good long while.  I’m talking until Game 7 in November.  This time is all ours.

And I am (almost) as giddily excited as I always am for the Winter Meetings.  Which is to say my priorities are quite probably twisted.  No matter.  The point is, I’m excited and nothing, not even extremely long math problems that actually expect me to use my non-existent reducing skills, can kill that mood.

Plus, I had fresh éclairs for dessert last night.  So of course I’m in a good mood.  It may not even have anything to do with baseball.  Although I suspect it does.

Diamond Girl

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In Which I Twist an NY Times Article to My (Baseball) Motives

Everyone’s getting all end-of the-year now and the NY Times is no exception.  Neither am I, for that matter, as you will see below.

The Times had an article yesterday titled Reliving the Best (and Worst) Ads of 2011 and it’s actually (yes, I’m surprised.  I’m not the biggest Times fan myself.) a good, fun piece with the fantastic details of each campaign’s ad agency, when they could sleuth it out.  I probably just liked it because it mentioned my favorite Chrysler campaign, but that’s beside that point.

Anyhow, me being me who brings everything back to baseball, I got thinking about the whole “Together, We’re Giant” thing.  I thought that tagline for the season was absolutely terrible- it basically left me wondering whether to laugh hysterically or cry hysterically- but some of the TV commercials connected to it were, admittedly, completely wonderful.

I went back and looked and found my absolute favorite moment:

(You can watch it here.)

This is, of course, more than a teensy bit bittersweet, seeing as neither Andres Torres or Cody Ross are Giants anymore, but the whole cuticles thing is probably the only reason I stuck with the Giants all last season and through this offseason.

Come on, I’m just kidding! 

Sort of.

Which is to say, for all those people listing all the big moments they will remember Torres and Ross for?  This is mine.

Diamond Girl

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About The AL Central (Yes, My Detroit Pride Strikes Again)

What’s that you say?  San Francisco has won two in a row, Timmy is in tip-top shape, Eli Whiteside is maybe-kinda-sorta stepping up to the plate (sorry, lame pun), they’re tied with Arizona for first place and the sun is still rising in the morning and setting in the evening?  Impossible.

Bizarrely enough, it’s true.

Timmy being good is not really surprising at all.  Vogey gets less unexpected by the five days.   Eli, I have always had a deep trust for, so while the rest of the world rocks, I am listening to Enya in peaceful serenity.

That’s why I like the Giants.  Rooting for underdogs is rewarded.  Never mind the waterfall-of-tears-inducing examples of Joey Martinez and Eugenio Velez, okay?

Anyway.  That’s all ancient history.  In reality, the Giants are now going on the road to face the Indians [correction: staying at home to face the Indians!  I was assuming the road, for some reason.], which I am scared about.  The Indians are the team who I cannot name one player from (sad?  Yes.) but who are sort of tearing up the Majors this year.  In case you need your AL Central dose (doubtful) Detroit has given them a bit of a run and they’re currently a game back in second place.  I am, of course, rooting for the Tigers because of Chrysler’s brilliant ad campaign that sparked Detroit pride in me.  I am, of course, rooting for the Tigers because of Chrysler’s brilliant ad campaign that sparked Detroit pride in me.  Weird, I know.  I’ve never been within a hundred mile radius of the city.  I am just an ad lover/sucker.

Speaking of innovative ads and by extension innovative technology?  I got the June/July issue of Fast Company today (Read it.  I mean it.  Best magazine currently on Planet Earth.) and they have an article called “Clash of the Tech Titans” about celebrities breaking onto the social media scene.  Guess who was in it?

They compare his triumphant return to Twitter to “the digital equivalent of watching a supermarket ribbon cutting.”  I agree.  Personally, you know I’m not Wilson fan, but I haven’t heard positive praise for his Twitter from even the biggest Wilson-ites.  He’s a big, popular, profitable personality and I’ve been surprised to see how little he’s utilized his Twitter account.   Bryan Srabian, the Giants Social Media director (I’m going to say it.  Is his name a joke?  I mean, really?  Way to close to Sabean Himself for comfort.)  needs to get on him!

You know what I really want to see?  Jeremy Affeldt tweeting him stuff about human trafficking in Thailand and then Brian tweeting back the clip of his appearance on George Lopez.

Okay, snarkyness over.

Have a great Thursday evening and wish me luck pedal-boating tomorrow.  If I overturn, it’ll be The Sister’s fault, right?

Diamond Girl

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