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Why I Was So Jittery for Play Ball 1.0, Torture 2.0

Things I did this morning:

*Burned my fingers getting a bagel out of the toaster

*Drank black coffee and bounced off the walls on caffeine

*Went through five possible nail polish colors before deciding not to paint my nails at all

*Straightened my hair (which I have only done twice since a fateful November 1st, I might add)

I was jittery.  Really jittery.  You know how it is when you are about to meet up with a friend or family member who you haven’t seen in a while and suddenly you’re not sure if maybe you’ve grown apart?  Yeah, you’ve talked on the phone and emailed back and forth… but what if they just don’t like you and you don’t like them?  Especially if you’ve parted on odd terms.  That’s how I was with the Giants this morning.  My beautiful beat writers and Twitter buddies have kept me updated and in the loop, but I was still irrationally jittery this morning.  Hence all the odd behaviors explained above.  And then, how it always is, the game came on and after one awkward second it was like no time at all had passed.  We hugged and chatted and braided each other’s hair and my burnt fingers stopped hurting.  My Giants and I have a great relationship, like that.

Jon Miller and Dave Flemming made me smile for three hours straight with their long-sleeved Aloha shirts and “the main thing about Spring Training is figuring out who the hell that is” and despite Timmy’s, ahem, rough start the team looks pretty darn good to me.  And they won, which would kind of rock except for the fact that we appear to be in for Torture 2.0.

I would just like to add that the Moonlight Sonata is in a new KNBR ad about the Giants.  The Moonlight Sonata.   I love it, but it’s sort of my depressed-teen-girl piece.  Not something I’d want in a triumphant baseball team ad.  That is all.

Diamond Girl

p.s.  Breaking news: the Phillies are officially and undeniably the best team in the history of Major League Baseball!  They beat up on the Florida State University Seminoles, 8-0.  Official and undeniable.

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In Which Diamond Girl Accidentally Channels Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

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Aside from the red nose, I was accidentally channeling Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer here.  I was, of course, trying to show Rangers pride, but I don’t think that was obvious.  But aren’t the MLB pumpkins adorable?  It was supposed to be a non-partisan thing in my divided house, but the photo sparked a lot of “Go Giants” comments on Facebook.  Since when does MLB mean Go Giants?

And despite my protestations of “Shear the Beard” I had a mini Brian Wilson running around my house.  As soon as he put on the costume he decided he looked more like Sergio Romo and so he became a Romo/Wilson hybrid.  Which would be incredibly odd, for the record.

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@MLB tweeted this earlier today:  “Pitchers & catchers reported. Opening Day. No-hitters. #ASG. Walk-offs. Foul balls. Shared good times. Clinchers. Does it all end tonight?”  Aside from the not very subtle, “WATCH THE GAME TONIGHT” message, it made me think about what I was doing during this year’s spring training.  And this year’s opening day.  And this year’s All-Star Break.   And made me realize that this season has been going on for a long time and it really is time for it to end.  Not tonight, but on Thursday, hopefully.  I’m sure I’ll be sad when they make the last out- whoever wins- but I’m already pumped for the 2011 season.  Lots of games going on every day, winners and losers.  I miss games where the announcers don’t say, “I know I’ve said this before, but this is a must-win.”  I’m excited to watch the last- ahem, last three- games of the Fall Classic and then I’m going to devote all my energy to getting excited for April and a time when Jon Miller and Dave Flemming broadcast together.  I miss that.

X’s and O’s to all,

Diamond Girl

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My Selection Process for Liking Teams & What CJ Wilson and Viggo Mortensen Have in Common

After the Roy Halladay no-hitter yesterday, I was reminded how much I love baseball, no matter the team.  And what Halladay has done this year is just so, incredibly awesome.  I don’t know of another word to describe it.  But it also got me thinking, How does one become a fan of a certain team?  Why do I enjoy watching this team more than that team?   I know some kids grow up with parents who are fans and get it from them, but it wasn’t that way for me.  My parents weren’t into baseball at all.  I fell in love with baseball after spending a lot, a lot of time at Little League games and then AT&T Park and Renel captured my heart.  I started listening on the radio a little.  A lot.  Every day.  (That was the progression.)  I think in the end it was Jon Miller, Dave Flemming, Kruk and Kuip who made me the fan th
at I am today.  And it was the overall vibe of the Giants that made me love them.  And Barry Zito.  Kidding, sort of.

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Why aren’t there pictures anywhere of all four of them together?  Photo op, coming right up.

But my other allegiances may seem a little random.  Rangers, for instance?  (Who, by the way, I called to win the World Series months ago and was made fun of.  Let’s wait and see.)  It was their name, in that case.  I am a huge Lord of the Rings fan (you may have known that) and any other LOTRites will know that Aragorn is a ranger, from the North.  So the Texas Rangers always make me think of a tall, dark king of Men.  Then Bengie got traded and I started following CJ Wilson on Twitter and… the rest is history.


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My two favorite Rangers

The Brewers.  I’d like to pretend it had nothing to do with their 2007 ROY left-fielder (hint: his initials are R and B) but it kind of does.  It also because I’ve always been interested in losing teams.  It’s a mixture of interest and just feeling sorry for them and the stares that you get while rooting for the Brewers in San Francisco are pretty priceless.  That’s also why I like the Pirates, a litte bit.  In addition, they have Joe Martinez (well, their AAA affiliate has him, actually), who I am a big fan of which is another reason to root for the Steel City.

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Joe Martinez.  I miss him.

And the A’s… it was their stadium.  I may be the first person to say this about The Coliseum but I love it.  (Do I get in the Diamond Girl Record Book, if I am the first?)

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It’s quirky, it’s unique and it fits them.  That’s not an insult, Athletics.  (By the way, least subtle name ever?)  If they feel they need a new stadium, though, I hope they stay in Oakland.  They fit here.  The Las Vegas Athletics?  Not good.  I could think of a few names, though, if they do move to Las Vegas.  New blog post, coming right up?  Perhaps.

So.  Question time.  Raise your hand before you answer, please.  How did you become a fan of “your team”?  If it has to do with one left fielder, that’s okay.  You’re in good company.

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Why I am in the Radnich Camp, Celebrity Sightings, Dave Flemming’s Coat & Why Mat Latos was Right

I went to the Giants vs. Diamondbacks game last night and also watched FP Santangelo and Rich Aurilia doing Chronicle Live, the Giants pre-game show.  You know how everyone has been saying the energy level at the stadium is really high?  I didn’t notice that as much inside as outside, on Willie Mays Plaza.  It was electric out there.  That might have had to do with the lights and mics and cords everywhere, but I prefer to think that it had to do with the crowd’s mood.  Mid-way through, a man in a suit started weaving through the crowd.  As he walked past me, I had an Omigod, is that…?  moment.  It was Gary Radnich, about to go on air with Chron Live.  Being the chicken that I am, I needed a little egging on, but I eventually asked him to sign my ball and he was very friendly and his unmistakable voice is even more unmistakable in person.  He told me that he can only stand Ralph Barbieri once a month, which I basically get, and posed for pictures and was totally nice to everyone.  I am firmly in the Gary Radnich camp from now on.  If you don’t like his show, switch your dial to 102.1 KDFC.  It’s what all the radios in my house were set to, until I changed them to KNBR 680.  Needless to say, there was some resistance to that.

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FP, the groom, with his best men.  That’s what their suits looked like.

Other celebrity sightings of the day are…

-          Dave Flemming, in the dugout wearing this beautiful, black coat.  He is the best dressed broadcaster, for sure.  I seriously nearly fainted when I saw him, just 20 feet away or so.  I listen to him every day.  I love him.  And his coat.

-          John Shea, in the press-box.  On computer.  Looking riveted.

-          Sean Astin.  Who I, sadly, did not actually sight.  But he was there.  That almost counts as a sighting, right?  I am not waiting for your answer on that one.

-          The Public House Patio.  That place is legendary.  It counts as a celebrity.  This was the first time I saw it.  Have not been on it yet, but that’s my next goal.

My brother also got a ball from Ramon Ramirez and I got a Darren Ford autograph.  Those don’t count as sightings though, because they weren’t incidental.

It was also save #47 for Wilson.  ::Cue House of Pain::

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This really deserves its own blog post but I want to talk about it in a timely way: Mat Latos’ controversial quote to the press.  “Baseball works in funny ways.  The only way I could honestly put it is, we could be like the Giants and go and change our whole lineup, put guys with ‘San Francisco Giants‘ across their jerseys.  We didn’t.  “We added two guys (Miguel Tejada and Ryan Ludwick).  We’ve been the same team all year.  We haven’t just gone and grabbed guys from other teams.”  You can hate me forever for saying this, but I basically agree.  It’s actually okay with me.  That’s how baseball works and it doesn’t make me angry, but it does make me a little bit sad.  The line-up is so different from opening day that it feels a little strange when Cody Ross hits a homerun.  Should I really be cheering for this guy?  For me, there’s no chemistry with the new guys (Cody Ross, Jose Guillen, Mike Fontenot, Pat Burrell are who I consider the new guys).  Everyone says the chemistry in the clubhouse is good, which is obviously what matters but I honestly have a hard time believing that.  I imagine some days it would feel like, Who are these guys, anyway?

I don’t think Latos was having sour grapes.  I think he was speaking his mind to the press, which may or may not have been the best thing to do right now, but I do agree with him.  What do ya’ll think?  And who’s going to listen to Uncle Gary tomorrow?

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