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Eugenio Velez Trivia and What Billy Beane Wants Us To Know

In this episode of My Offseason Was a Failure, Jon Daniels has said that while he did not mean to throw Josh Hamilton under the bus by saying he hated him, this offseason has been sort of lousy.  “Disappointing,” was the word he used, I think, but sort of lousy works too.  In Jon Daniels We Still trust, though, so I’m just hoping they can figure out how to make it a bit less lousy, because there are all sorts of great people still on the market and the team’s already pretty rad.  Things will be fine.

In other (old) news, Eugenio Velez signed with the Blue Jays, which keeps them solidly in the spot of the smartest big spenders this offseason.  I like these Blue Jays, I like them a lot.  The AL East just got a lot more interesting – even more interesting than the Orioles totally being good, which was pretty interesting to begin with.

Trivia, y’all:  Eugenio Velez started his career in Toronto back in 2001 but they weren’t that into him and the Giants claimed him in the Rule 5 draft a few years later.

Apparently they’re into him again, now?  Let’s Get Back… Together, as the Giants slogan said.

The A’s are making moves because while all the other ordinary teams made moves at the Winter Meetings the A’s donotliketheWinterMeetingsatall.  So they signed Hiroyuki Nakajima who said, in one of the best presser openings ever, that we could just call him Hiro.  Other hilarious thing about this press conference was Billy Beane’s repeated emphasis on the fact that they were in on this and serious about this even though the media was not covering it Billy Beane was, like, a hipster before there were hipsters.  He is also sexy and cool.  Goes without saying.

In Giants news, Tim Lincecum may have cut his hair.  Except I don’t think that guy looks like Tim Lincecum at all.  Also, no one was this interested when I cut my hair.

Diamond Girl

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The Second In My Series of Hunter-Pence-Inspired Acrostics

Why does Hunter Pence inspire acrostics?  Good question.  I’ll let you know if/when I find out.

How can you predict baseball?

U are just resigning yourself to

Never getting a good deal at the

Trade Deadline, leastways not

Eugenio Velez (irrelevant line, keep moving, guys.)

Right now, in 2012.

 

People have short

Evaluation windows and

No one was absolutely thrilled with Hunter Pence’s

Clutch hitting to start off his career with

Emily’s Giants (because they are Emily’s Giants, aren’t they?)

 

I know I wasn’t and

Some random person on Twitter wasn’t, so…

 

Anyway!

We were all feel kind of downerish about this.

Everyone hates the Dodgers and we needed

Someone to be that difference-maker

Other than Buster Posey, ‘cause he goes without saying

My personal opinion was that Pence was doing fine but

Everyone knows fine is not the same as

 

Absolutely awesome.

Fate intervened!

The Giants were having a seriously up-and-down game today when

Everyone’s (new) favorite Hunter Pence drove home the point that the

Rockies are toast.  (Which means Dan O’Dowd is still welcome for toast and tea at my place.)

 

A homer!  The first in his Giants career!

Let’s all chill out and do yoga or whatever.

Let’s also acknowledge the undeniable fantasticness of Hunter Pence, even aside from that neat little homer.

Diamond Girl

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In Case You Ever Wondered What An Eugenio Velez in a Toy Shop Is Like…

Baseball Sundays are just the best, aren’t they?  The Giants won very tidily in Arizona today, by a final of 7-3 and got loads of hits in the process.  14, to be precise.  Is that the best or is that the best?  After such an up-and-down couple of weeks, a game that just goes down nicely is an anomaly and a welcome one, at that.  Gregor Blanco and Brett Pill were the stars of the show and Barry Zito squeezed out a quality start, too.  It is games like these that make you think – or, at least, hope – that the squad can work things out.  It may not be neat, but it may work.  They are back at .500 with 17 wins and 17 losses and they are six games out from the first place Dodgers.  Not terribly shabby for May 13th.  I think we may make it out alive, after all.

I am watching the Rangers (hopefully) rip through the Angels on ESPN, so I have to get going, but I would like to leave you with this two Mother’s Day stories.  This first one comes from the Giants official blog about former Giant Eugenio Velez and it’s a smile-worthy story.

“Pura Eugenia Vancamper named her son after herself, and they always had a particularly close bond. She knew early on that baseball had a hold on him. When she let her three children choose a toy one day at a store, her older son chose a truck, her daughter a doll and Eugenio, still just a toddler, went straight for the plastic bat and ball. She tried to talk him into a tricycle but he insisted on the bat and ball.”

This story, about Texas’ Alexi Ogando, is also wonderfully heart-warming.

“It took five years for that second chance to come, but it did come, and there came a day last July when Fefa Ogando was not cooking in San Pedro de Macoris. She was riding in a truck through Phoenix streets that were lined with baseball fans. Her son was on the back of the truck during the Red Carpet Parade on his way to his first All-Star Game at Chase Field, and the fans were shouting ‘Ogando! Ogando!’

Fefa Ogando turned to Rangers broadcaster Eleno Ornelas and said, ‘They know my son’s name! I can’t believe it. Thank you so much for talking me into coming here!’”

Lastly, of course, our very own Gregor Blanco dedicated his fantastic game to his mother, who passed away six years ago.  Bittersweet, but mostly sweet.  A very lovely day around Major League baseball.  Totally talking about the mother stories, but did I also mention that Nelson Cruz just hit a grand-slam in Texas?  Yes.  A lovely day.

Diamond Girl

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Belated Celebration Time!

So according to Wikipedia this is old news (as in, it happened on December 21st) but I only just heard it about it, so I’m celebrating now.  Better late than never, right?

Here’s the news:  Eugenio Velez is now a St. Louis Cardinal!

Confetti, please?

Thanks.

Now you know I can’t stand the Cardinals, especially after That Game That I Do Not Mention in last season’s World Series, but I reckon they’re a little higher on the list of Teams I Loathe than the Dodgers, so this is a step in the right direction.

I know that many (most?) Giants fans are not that… fond, shall we say, of Velez, but I am and I’m excited that he has another opportunity.  And I will defend him til the day I die about the whole dropped-ball-rain-thing.  If you are anti-Velez and feel in the mood to annoy yourself, you can read that post here.

Anyhow, however you feel about Eugenio, you’ve got to admit that Cardinal Red should suit his complexion rather nicely.  Better than blue or orange.  Progress, people.  Progress.

Diamond Girl

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May I Respectfully Suggest a Few Things to Jonathan Sanchez?

The San Francisco Chronicle’s story about yesterday’s Giants was titled “Giants finally get a break”.  The sentiment is widespread.  Which is why every time I look at the National League West standings I have an Am I really reading this right? moment.  The Giants are in first place, a game ahead of the Diamondbacks.  Sure, part of it is that the West in not a strong division this year, so far (Arizona, Colorado, Los Angeles and San Diego are all 5-5 in their last 10, the Giants are 6-4).  But you also can’t deny that despite the fact that they look like a limping AAA team at times, they do win ballgames.  Which is, of course, the bottom line.

Jonathan Sanchez is the quintessential example of this and I spent yesterday evening with more forehead rubbing.  He let in two runs over 6 innings.  He gave them a chance to win and they did.  So I’m not complaining.  But he felt like a train wreck while he was at it.  May I respectfully suggest that he cuts the drama classes from his extracurriculars and tapes this up next to his bed?

You can never repeat the basics too many times, right?

Being a baseball fan is a full time job.  This, you know.  Being a Giants fan?  Sort of a life’s work.  So the day off is nice.  Still, I don’t envy the players.  They’re headed to Arizona, where the highs over the coming three days are 104°, 107° and 105° respectively.  Could mean good news for Aubrey, but I, for one, am glad Foul Weather Timmy will be on the bench until the Oakland series.

And to Todd Coffey and his unfortunate capris

We all have bad fashion moments.  And we all know players aren’t responsible for their own uniforms.  That delivered with a meaningful look to all the Eugenio Velez haters out there.

Diamond Girl

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