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10 Things I Love About the Offseason

Not a slow news day!  Huff was resigned to a two year deal, with option for 2013 and Josh Hamilton won the AL MVP Award.  Huge congratulations to him.  I am totally wearing my antlers around town today.

The (sort of) eternal optimist that I am, I decided to come up with 10 Things I Love About the Offseason.  It was actually surprisingly easy.  I’ve discovered there are plenty of things to love about the offseason.  Optimism is good.  And the offseason isn’t too bad either.

10.  The promise of the coming season.  I mean, the Pirates could go to the World Series next year.  Even just a few weeks into season, some hopes start to disappear.  Obviously for Giants fans, we didn’t really want that season to end, but if your team finished anything short of a championship win, the promise of the new season is beautiful.

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9.  I don’t go through gum as fast, because I’m less on edge.  Being a gum addict for half the year, but it’s nice to have a little respite.

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8.  I’m a bit of a player transaction geek, so I love reading about the GM meetings and the Winter Meetings.  I also love to “oogle the player in his new jersey!” press conferences.

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7.  I get to slip into the glazed-over-eyes-I-don’t-get-sports-give-me-a-Gucci-handbag-please mode when people are talking about football, basketball or worst, boxing.  I do not get boxing at all.  I would rather shop at The Gap than hear about boxing and I really hate The Gap.  I started hated them even more after the new logo thing.  Graphic designer nightmare.

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6.  Bandwagon fans start to disappear a few weeks into the offseason.  Which is a relief for hardcore people.

 

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5.  I also come across as a semi (believe me, only semi) normal person when I wear my antlers.  It’s almost Christmas time, so I can pass as a Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer enthusiast.  Do those even exist?

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A new Giants calendar comes out.  The one I currently have has Fred Lewis and other so-pre-Championship-era people on it and I’ve been waiting for the updated, 2011 one to come out.  The old one does, however, feature Wilson sans beard which is a lovely thing.  You win some, you lose some.

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3.  All the award announcements rule.  As lamely as they’re announced, it’s still a fun and interesting time of year.  We do really need a red carpet award show for MLB, though, as I’ve discussed previously.  I think Bumgarner should go after a Taylor Lautner look- traditional with some hip flair.


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And Jon Daniels should rock a tough look, like Justin Timberlake at the VMA’s.


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And when I open the show, I would, of course, be wearing Carey-Mulligan-similar Prada (2010 Oscars).  Or something vintage, like Penelope Cruz (2009 Oscars).

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Would I lose all my blog readers if I did a whole post on what baseball players should wear to a potential MLB red carpet event?

2.  Anyway!  Onwards from clothes!  Well, actually… another good thing about the offseason is that I can go back to wearing colors that compliment my complexion more.  A.K.A., not orange.  I show my pride more subtly in black this time of year.

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 1.  And last but not least, I love how it makes me appreciate the season.  The season wouldn’t be special without the offseason.  So I’m relishing this for all the reasons above and catching snowflakes on my tongue.  (Well, I would be if it snowed in the Bay Area.  More like catching raindrops on my tongue which is not a superior experience to drinking water, so…)

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So what am I missing on this list?  What do you love about the offseason?

Wishing everyone in the MLBlogs community a lovely Thanksgiving.  No, I will not be hitting the shops on Black Friday.  As much as I love to shop, I hate crowds and can never find anything that fits me even when the stores are totally stocked.  Cyber Monday is more my style.  I’m a Gen Z-er through and through!

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Diamond Girl’s Retrospective of the 2010 Season

(Quickly… looking through the This Year in Baseball Awards and it’s so much fun to relive it all.  Armando Galarraga.  I’d forgotten about that, can you believe it?  Roy Oswalt in left.  Ichiro and a teenage girl being the ultimate Teenage Girl.  Dallas Braden’s perfect game.  So many fun moments.  Anyway.  Two quick things.  I’ll try to keep them quick.  First- I saw the Ryan Braun’s catch against the Giants on September 17th is one of the top plays.  To be honest, I’d forgotten all about that too but now I’m remembering what a fun day, a highlight of the 2010 season, it was for me.  And how perfect it was for Ryan to make that catch.  Needless to say, I held my “I Love U, Ryan Braun” sign high.  I’m also campaigning for Jon Daniels for Executive of the Year.  If any of you live in or spend time in Berkeley, you’ll know that someone named Josh Daniels was running for school board in the last election, so there were signs for him all over.  Couldn’t we, in true Bay Area sprit, recycle them and make them say, “Jon Daniels for Executive of the Year”?)

 

One week tomorrow since the Giants became World Series Champions and the 2010 season finished.  Time to do my retrospective.  This collage is my photo highlights of things I’ve written about and done relating to baseball this past season.  This collage is joined by three all-important items:  designer sunglasses, a hairbrush (heart-shaped, no less) and a baseball.

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March

Diamond Girl sees video of Zito at Spring Training talking about new socks.  She is puzzled.

Opening Day

Diamond Girl sees Zito’s socks.  She prays that she is hallucinating.

 

Later in April

Diamond Girl visits LA.  LA survives.  Barely.

May

Buster Posey sees ball and hits ball in debut.  World calls NY Times, but Diamond Girl does not.  She is getting a (non-Buster-Posey-themed) pedicure.

June

Diamond Girl gets picture of self with Barry Zito and aforementioned picture sets record for most comments on DG’s Facebook page.  80% female comments.

 

July

When the NL bullpen at the All-Star game goes from a Dodger to a Padre, Diamond Girl begins rooting for the AL.  (Some historians link this to her later switch of allegiances during the World Series.)

 

August

Brian Wilson grows beard.  Male portion of world grows beards, female portion wears fake beards.  Diamond Girl does not.  She is getting a (non-beard-themed) manicure.

September

Tim Lincecum cuts hair.  Diamond Girl calls the NY Times to give a tip on the sensational story but they don’t answer the phone. 
               
Later in September

Diamond Girl luvs u, Ryan Braun.  Ryan Braun ignores.

 

October

Diamond Girl announces that she is rooting for the Rangers in the World Series.  World attempts to call NY Times but they have blocked World’s number, due to the volume of Buster Posey and Cody Ross related calls. 

 

November

Giants win World Series.  World celebrates by setting fires and turning over police cars.  Diamond Girl celebrates by taking off nail polish, straightening hair and eating (non-baseball decorated) vanilla cupcakes.

 

Diamond Girl + World + San Francisco Giants + NY Times live happily ever after.

 

The End.

 

::cue clapping::

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The Magic Lasted and the 2010 World Series Anthem

The magic totally lasted.  Congratulations to the darling, if bad-haired, 2010 World Champions, the San Francisco Giants! 

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Javier Lopez was quoted as saying “now I can shave!” and I am crossing my fingers that Brian Wilson will follow suit.  I will be much more enthusiastic rooting for my NL team next year if the beards disappear.  I also want to thank everyone who’s read and commented this year.  It’s been my first year blogging about baseball and using MLBlogs and what a fun time it’s been.  Hugs to you all and I’ll try to share some pictures of holiday desserts throughout the off-season to keep us all warm as we wait for next spring.  I’m planning to re-hash the 2010 season and then blog sporadically through the off-season.  Sporadically may turn into every day if something important and Barry Zito-related happens.  You have been warned.

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That’s right, fear is just the beginning.

Anyway.  Bad timing to stop rooting for the Giants much?  I was sad to see the series end in five and sad to see the Rangers lose, but I’m also happy for the Giants.  Happiness is not usually expressed by crying through the ninth inning, but I’m honestly just a little sad for the 2010 season to be over.  It’s been a long and weird and wonderful year in and out of baseball and I’m so glad I’ve had a chance to get to know the Rangers better.  Still, it’s fitting for the Giants to come out on top.  They’re weird and wonderful and this was their year.  Not Time quite yet.

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But can it be Time next year?  That was the greatest marketing slogan since “This changes everything.  Again.”  Actually, I think that iPhone 4 slogan came after “It’s Time” was coined, so my sentence is chronologically incorrect.  In any case, since I’m sure there have been a lot of people quoting and linking to both versions (the original and Ashkon’s) of Don’t Stop Believin’, I set out to find a theme song for the 2010 Rangers.  Yes, I know they lost but they still deserve a song.  And no, I did not record my own version.  So I found “When It’s Time” (so subtle, the title) which is obviously not perfectly fitted to the Rangers, but it feels like the team and this whole World Series to me.  Let’s just make the song the 2010 World Series anthem.

Dear Rangers and Giants,

It’s time to tell you something.  I love you.


 

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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,

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