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Bud Selig is a Leo and I’m an Aries, So…

I’m still alive!  Bud Selig’s dreams of baseball becoming all international and Vladimir Putin giving Buster Posey honorary Russian citizenship because, hello, he was MVP?  Not so alive.  The WBC is all finished up, as far as I can tell, although as I said before, I wasn’t really following it that closely.  Understatement of the century?  Perhaps.  Selig’s dreams and mine for the future of Major League Baseball don’t align very well.  Maybe because he’s a Leo and I’m an Aries.   That might be it, though the internet seems to think Leo and Aries get along just fine.  I never trusted the internet anyway.

Or maybe it’s because I ran against him as commish, even if nobody really noticed that little stunt.  In any case, I guess the finale was at AT&T Park, but it was raining and I had to paint my nails and there was no way I was going.

Congrats, Dominican Republic on this huge and important win—eh, forget it.  I’m just going to stop trying.

Opening Day is fast approaching (less than two weeks, now!) and the rosters have been narrowed down significantly.   Pablo Sandoval’s injury has been making a lot of headlines – mostly because people are bored and it’s Spring Training, but also because the extent of it is somewhat unknown and nothing gets people talking like mystery.  Dave Groeschner who is (almost)always (never) reassuring said he thinks that Pablo will indeed be ready for Opening Day on April 1st, so it’s just wait and hope time.

Speaking of injuries, since this is mostly just a Yu Darvish fanblog, I feel I should mention that he missed his last start with a stiff neck.  He’s scheduled to throw a bullpen tomorrow, so send good vibes and dreamcatchers his way, m’kay?

In other news, I saw Timmy as in Tim Lincecum spelled “Timmie” today.  First time for everything.

Diamond Girl

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No, That Was a Dream and The Amazing Nerd Paradise That is Google Trends

First, congratulations to Nick Swisher and his new wife Joanna Garcia.  People reports that her veil was by Monique Lhuillier, and his tux was by Burberry London.  Getting married in style.

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I had a dream last night that it was Opening Day 2011 (wishful thinking, huh?) and the Giants were playing the Diamondbacks in Arizona.  I remember how I was just ecstatic, listening to my radio.  Timmy was starting.  So he throws the first pitch and Jon Miller says, “He [whoever the hitter was] hits a high drive… deeeeep to left… way back… it’s gone!”  Oops.  Let’s all join hands, virtually, and channel positive energy so that the first pitch the Giants throw in 2011 will not be hit for a homerun. 

There’s also this thing called Google Trends (www.google.com/trends) which I’ve fallen in love with.  You can search a term and see a graph of how much people are searching it, what cities it’s most popular in, etc.  So what did I do?  I searched “sf giants”, of course.  Here’s the graph.  Any surprises?  The world was fascinated by the Giants this year.

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Incidentally, “sf giants” is most popular in San Rafael, San Mateo, Oakland and “san francisco giants” is most popular in Pleasanton, San Francisco and Stockton.  Which would lead me to believe that people in the latter cities are more into complete words and sentences.  And “texas rangers” has something of a following in France. 

I am a little bit addicted to this. 

So I looked up “mlb” and saw that it usually spikes near the end of the year (around the postseason/World Series).  No surprises there.  The three most popular cities it is searched in, however, are Santa Domingo, the Dominican Republic, Caracas, Venezuela and Waterloo, Canada.  I was surprised by the Canada part.

 

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More specifically, here is the graph for searches on “mlb” in 2010.

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And, lastly, the “sf giants” in 2010.

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I also saw that “cliff lee” is a garnering a fair amount of interest.  But I bet he would get more if he signed with someone.  Taking a long time at first was building suspense.  But now the suspense has sort of disappeared.

I’m thinking Yankees, at this point, and in a way I hope it is.  A seven year, heck-of-a-lot-of-money deal might be disastrous for the Rangers.  It could be disastrous for the Yankees, too, but they have a little more money to play with.

Hope I didn’t alienate all my non-nerd readers.  I promise to wait a few posts before bringing the nerd in me back.

Diamond Girl

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