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Hello from Red Sox Nation!

Seriously, guys.  Everyone here is a Red Sox fan.  Everyone.  And if they’re not a Red Sox fan, they still hate the Yankees.  It’s a little bit eerie, actually.  As I landed in Boston yesterday, a woman behind me was filling in her kids on the Sox game and said something about Cody Ross.  I was this close to turning around and being all, “2010 World Series, baby!” when I realized that I was in Boston now and they were not the least bit interested in the 2010 World Series.  I picked up my black-and-white checkered tote and zipped my lips.

I missed last night’s game because being a West Coast fan on the East Coast is horrible and I couldn’t stay awake, but I hear it was quite depressing anyway.  I would be lying if I said I was all sad about missing it.  Interleague Play has not treated us terribly well so far this year and I’m more nervous than I should be, heading into the Bay Bridge Matchup.  Series loss to the Rangers, series loss to the Mariners and now a series loss to the Angels.  When this Giants team is good, it’s really, really good.  But when it’s bad?  It’s really, really bad.  Not that there were’t good things about last night’s game and the past few series’ in general – Vogelsong did pretty much the best he could have, three runs over seven innings – but otherwise, they just seem off, for lack of a better word.  Everyone’s healthy, but not everyone’s good.

Also, the Angels of Anaheim are doing better than they should be.  It helps that the Rangers are 9-1 in their last 10, but the Angels are also 7-3 and exactly five games back.  Too close for comfort?  Yes.

The Giants meanwhile, are 4-6 in their last 10, but that’s exactly the same as the Dodgers, so nothing is too disastrous after all.  San Francisco is four games back from first place and heading into a series against the A’s who, while they might be hot right now, are sure to cool off sometime.  And starting tomorrow is sure to be “sometime”.

Am I not the best inspirational speaker in the history of the Giants blogosphere?  (Admittedly short history, but still.)

Go Red So– aah.  No.  This city is not getting to me.

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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Happy Anniversary to Me! And The Scoop On The Really Very Odd Roadtrip.

I can’t believe it’s been a year.  It’s been an incredibly fun- and fast- 12 months for me and my blog and, you know, the Giants.  They, um, won a World Series.  I harbor a (secret?  No longer.) belief that it has to do with me and my li’l blog.  But don’t tell anyone I said that.  I’m also guessing the Really Very Odd Roadtrip is somehow attributable to me.

They won in an injury-ridden train wreck tonight in Los Angeles, as luck would have it.  No wonder Bochy is so into leaving his starters in too late.  Wilson blew the lead and then came back, got maybe injured, and got the win.  Huff made atrocious defense plays.   But people hit, which is always in improvement.  And Rowand got injured.  I hope it’s not serious.  Please.  Please.  Please.  Then there was Mark DeRosa weirdness.  Everyone’s saying that’s his last Major League at bat, but I’m hoping against it.  The Giants still owe him piles of cash and it’s in everyone’s best interest if he’s available to perform in some dimension.  Never mind those 0-fer numbers.  I’m aware.  But him and his freaky wrist sittin’ out all year just isn’t a positive alternative, to me.  We shall see.

Otherwise, today was depressing because Armando was DFA’ed (something I blissfully failed to notice until my brother broke the news to me, with remarkably little tact.  He could have done it more gently).  Remember when I said the Giants should pick him up in one of my personal favorite blog posts (check it out because it’s my anniversary and I can bully you into anything for a few more hours) that I’ve written?  Same thing applies.  They can ditch MadBum or Vogelsong or Lincecum or whatever and make room for Armando.  Okay.  Maybe not.  Now that I think about it, the Giants probably aren’t the best fit for him right now.  But I hope he finds a job.  And succeeds.  I really do. 

And then I read that Billy Beane had shoulder surgery today.  I’ll resist the insane urge to make some cracks about the A’s (hell, look at the Giants) and their injuries and suffice to say that I hope he gets better real fast and that when he becomes a total celebrity after Moneyball comes out, a la Mark Zuckerberg after The Social Network, I will say I was a fan before.  You’ll vouch for me, right?  Thanks.

And I ever so slightly retract my sarcasm about Cody Ross’s brilliance.  I see it, a little.  But don’t say I told you so.

Diamond Girl

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Fear the Razor and the Moon Might Really Be Made Out Of Blue Cheese

Oh yeah.

Extra inning games and walk-offs tend to bother me, because I think a team should be able to win without ‘em, but that win was really, really good.  It felt like a giant, “Snap out of it!”

I mean, Aubrey’s homer made him kindof/sortof/wecansayitdid snap out of it and we can only hope the same happens for Cody.  And all the Schierholtz /Fontenot wonderfulness is the kind of thing that makes me wear my wacky grin everywhere for a few hours.  But no, they haven’t shut up about his height.  It’s okay.  As long as he’s good, I’ll take it and I’m sure he will too.

Now I’m going to make a bold statement.  You ready?  Need a refill on the popcorn?  Okay.  Get it.  Then hurry back so you can hear my bold statement.  This is it:

People do better without beards.

Cody Ross is example given.  I could go on and on about why psychologically, but physically?  I don’t think it’s rocket science.  I’ve never had a beard (duh factor there) but I imagine it would be kind of uncomfortable, not to mention take a lot of grooming time which takes away from conditioning time, not to mention puts undue stress on your wrists, hands and arms.  Just when Timmy laid off the blowdryer and his hair started looking air-dried that directly correlated to his pitching better.

I know nobody else buys that theory but I dare a beat writer to actually ask him about that.  Just like I dare someone to go take a piece of the moon and eat it and prove it’s not blue cheese, albeit old cheese with no oxygen.  I’m serious.  Okay, I’m not serious about the blue cheese.  But I’m serious about the facial hair/normal hair habits and how that impacts a player.

And… (::looks around, then whispers::) you look better without a beard too.  Fact, Brian Wilson.  Fact.

Worst case scenario?  You end up like this oompa loompa. 

So how about this year the Giants become the clean-shaven team?  Fear the, um, razor?

Diamond Girl

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The Guy Who Is Going to Bring World Peace, Find a Cure to Cancer Plus Valiantly Defend Center and Right Field All While Cranking Balls Into the Stands a Couple Times a Night is Back

So.   Let’s see.  Last night.  People hit the ball.  People pitched the ball.  It was a no-hitter and then it wasn’t.  Ball went to the third deck.  People were surprised.  People’s jaws dropped.  You know.  Nothing abnormal.

Okay.  Just kidding.   It was abnormal.  When I saw the box score, my jaw dropped too.  Eight runs.  Feels nice. 

It was sort of interesting and strange, though, to listen to SportsPhone 680 after the game because there were so many Schierholtz fans.  And I’ve noticed that even when he hasn’t just taken a ball to somewhere in the middle of Kansas.  Though the scouts are moving in the post-Moneyball era of not judging players by their “look”, I think fans are still solidly pre-Moneyball and Nate is a player to stand behind.  People like him.  Even so, there seems to be the expectation that he won’t get play time because Ross the Boss (tiny snicker.  Sorry.) has landed in the Mile High city as I write and he’s going to bring world peace and find a cure to cancer, plus valiantly defend center and right field, all while cranking balls into the stands a couple times a night.  Pretty amazing.  If true.  I think we should settle in with a fleece blanket and figure out how to spell Nate’s last name because he and Cody will be sharin’ right field.  I hope so, at least.  He’s a player I can stand behind, too.

So’s Belt.  And since I’ve seen the movie Bright Star too many times, the quote, “The point of diving in a lake is not immediately to swim to the shore” keeps coming to mind.  You made this decision that he was ready at the beginning of this year, which may or may not have been smart, but don’t give up on this quite yet.  I think they’ll give him a little while more and then at some point in the end of the first half he’ll spend his 20+ days in AAA.  I don’t think he should go down now and I don’t think he will.

And Timmy was… Timmy.  For lack of a better way to describe it.  I’m totally torn about the short pants, though.  Fashion-wise, they’re better but image-wise, I can’t bring myself to love them.  Lincecum has long pants and in my mind, always will.  Decide for yourself whether that has more to do with my mind or him.

 

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