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MLB Fashion Watch: Carlos Beltran for TALLIA Orange and Tim Lincecum at the ‘Hawks Game

I was reading through Women’s Fashion Fall 2010 edition of The New York Times Style Magazine and flipping through endless bizarre Hermès ads (think: random horses in the background) when I came upon this one.

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::Diamond Girl does double take::

Yep, that’s Carlos Beltran.  For the Fall/Winter 2010 TALLIA Orange campaign.   It’s a really pretty campaign and Beltran is an interesting choice.   Not necessarily the first person you’d think of, but a good choice, I think.

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His natural coloring matches the clothing and the theme of the ads and he oozes “clothing with a less serious attitude” and whimsical and fun, which is how they describe the line.  The line is available at Macy’s so, guys, go out and buy it.

Now for the less pretty of MLB fashion.  Tim Lincecum at a Seahawks game.

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I like how he’s developed a signature style element; the beanie.  And I like how he made an effort to color coordinate the hoodie with the jersey.  Really, I do.  But there is such a thing as over color coordinating.  And this is a walking and talking example.  A simple black or grey hoodie would have emphasized his team jersey, rather than distracting from it.  The general rule is one splash of bright color per outfit.  So if you have a bright skirt, you wear black leggings and a simple t-shirt.  And if he had gotten a hoodie in a different shade of grey it would have drawn in the beanie.  Win-win. 

I’m not just picking on him.  I have my own fashion problems.  I mean, it’s Day 26 in snowflake earrings.  26 days in the same pair of earrings is a giant, giant fashion faux-pas.

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p.s.   Who saw the eclipse last night?  The weather was cooperative here and it was incredible.  A little creepy, though, when it was mostly eclipsed.  Because it seriously looked like it was going to turn over and grin at me.  Think Cheshire Cat.  Tim Burton rules.

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ROBBED! – In the Absence of Forbes, Diamond Girl’s Best Dressed MLB’er List feat. Ryan, Andy & Andres

Robbed!  This week, Forbes magazine named the best dressed athletes of 2010.  There are three basketball players, two NFLers, two hockey players, three tennis players (well, four people, if you count the William’s sisters as two, which they don’t), one soccer player, one boxer, one golfer and one equestrian.  There is an equestrian on there.  But not ONE baseball player.  Huh?  Baseball players have some style issues, but they couldn’t find one put on the list?  Inexcusable snub.  Y’all know what’s coming next.  Here it is:  SF Diamond Girl’s Best Dressed Baseball Players list.  Here we go.

Best Dressed: Ryan Braun

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No one saw that coming, right?  Not only does Ryan always ace it in public appearances he designs his own line of clothing which is hip, unique and still a little classic.  The line is described as, “[It] displays rich symbols of past and present, good and evil, grit and glam recreated in a pageantry of fashion. Emblems of war, peace, love and myth, are woven into the wearable translation of an unfolding story.”  If I spent $60 on a t-shirt, I would totally buy one.  But, on principle, I won’t.

Runner-Up:  Andy Pettitte

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I just adore the way Andy plays with stripes here.  The straight and diagonal stripes mesh in a slightly edgy look and the grey suit and pink tie complement each other perfectly.  Huge success.

Runner Up #2:  Andres Torres

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Yeah, I know he’s blinking.  But this is the only picture where you can see the boot-cut jeans in all their glory.  And the trendy jacket.  It’s casual and fun and the darker wash jeans make it professional enough for the event at hand.  (But not too professional.  See Zito for a this-is-what-you-should-not-do.)

So Forbes, you were wrong.  Baseball players can be fashion gurus too.  And I would like to say that Beckham, Casiraghi, and Federer are the only people who warrant the title of best-dressed on your list. Robbed, I say!

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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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To Watchers of Glee and Why Diamond Girl is Disappearing to the Deserts of Africa (aka, NYC)

Sorry for the third person deal in the title, by the way.  It’s incredibly cheesy and corny but necessary in this situation.  Forgive me, please.

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Graphic designer nightmare.  Those colors really clash.

Anyway, that was a good game.  A very good game.  I love it when they win low-scoring games, because that feels like the real Giants and if they’re going to win it all, I think that will be how.  (Not jinxing anything by saying that.  Can you even jinx something without believing in jinxes?)  But I was sort of annoyed the entire game because it was an afternoon game reportedly because of a Glee re-run this evening.  Glee re-run.  I’m not a Glee watcher or a Glee hater.  I am generally ambiguous on the topic.  But seriously.  Playoff baseball is important in a way Glee re-runs are not.  Just to add insult to injury the broadcasters kept hyping the show.  And the fact that a random football game got more TV viewers than a historical pitching matchup in a playoff game?  I’m not usually a confrontational person but I would like to confront people who watch football or Glee over baseball.

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Anything can happen in baseball, obviously, and the Phillies and Yankees are far from eliminated, but who actually thought we might get a Giants vs. Rangers (and therefore Buster vs. Bengie) World Series, when Bengie got traded to an AL Team?  I think it crossed all our minds but we didn’t think it could really happen.  It could really happen.  And it is Totally Time for Texas, so…

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Speaking of the Bronx Bombers, I’m heading out to Yankee Town (NYC)  tomorrow morning for a week and will have limited internet (aka, few or no blog posts) and probably no television (aka, I will not be able to watch games).  You would think I’m going to the desert in Africa or something, from that description, but I’m going to be living in the Stone Age in one of the world’s biggest cities.  Life is weird, sometimes.

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Diamond Girl, rocking volumized hair in the Sahara Desert.

I’m planning to make the most of the trip and take a tour of Shea Stad–sorry, City Field. (Update: just realized that silly auto-correct changed it from Citi to City.  Yeah, I know it’s not spelled that way.  But instead of changing it I would like to display the beauty of auto-correct.  Observe and enjoy.)  I also may attempt to climb the fences of Yankee Stadium because they don’t do tours doing the postseason and I’m not buying tickets because I’m hoping to spend my life savings on something a little more worthy.  (What’s more worthy than MLB postseason tickets?  I’ll get back to you on that.)

If anyone has any on-topic (baseball related) or off-topic (not baseball related, ::cue gasps::)recommendations for places to go in NYC, feel free to leave ‘em in the comments.  And I will be back here to tell ya’ll about my idea for a Long Hair vs. Short Hair World Series, sooner or later.

X’s and O’s to all,

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What Timmy Did Right and Why I Don’t Like Catchers

I am counting the days ’til the Giants champagne party when they clinch the Division Title.  It’s coming, I feel it in my Ellen-Page-inspired-bangs, which never lie.  Rangers v. Giants World Series, too.  I’m calling it.

I don’t want to give you all the impression that I’m hair obsessed… but I am, a little bit.  (::Cue image of me flat-ironing my hair for an hour and staring at pictures in Elle magazine::)  So you know Tim Lincecum has been pitching exceptionally well this month, in serious contrast to his August performance.  People are saying that is because he’s gone back to his long-toss program, but I notice his hair is looking a lot better.  Which would, of course, mean that he stopped using the blowdryer.

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Before (July 2010):  Hair looks frizzy and blow-dried

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After (September 2010): Hair looks smooth and air-dried

As I mentioned in my previous post, linked to above, the negative impact of using a blow-dryer is the stress on the wrist, which could be problematic for his pitching.

By the way, I’ve discovered my excuse for not being a giant Buster Posey fan: I’m just not that into catchers.  I love Bengie and JoPo but I’ve just never become a huge fan of a catcher.  Here’s why:  I can’t see their faces.  This isn’t about nice eyes or eyebrows, it’s more just watching them mentally go through the game.  I started thinking about this because of what Jane Heller said in her book, Confessions of the She-Fan, about why she liked baseball as opposed to football or hockey and she said because of the lack of gear.  One of my favorite plays in the game, actually, is a catcher’s throw down to 2nd base and the catcher often rips off his mask before making that throw.

Am I crazy?  I’m very curious to hear other people’s opinions.

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