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Brad Pitt as Billy Beane is like Hayden Christensen as Stephen Glass + Three Pearls of Wisdom from Moneyball

And the Winter Meetings are flyin’ by…  I am loving the fact that baseball is once again at the forefront of people’s minds although, as numerous people have noted (Mychael Urban and TR Sullivan both wrote great articles about this) there seem to be a lot of weird rumors coming this week, perhaps perpetuated by bored beat writers.  No matter.  It’s very fun for me to watch general manager after general manager interviewed because I’m a player transaction geek.  I am now stalking Jed Hoyer.

But who chose the hotel?  There are so many shots of it on the MLB Network and pictures of it everywhere.  They could at least have chosen a pretty building.  To me, the happiest place on earth would not have hideous architecture. 

I would also just like to say that I think Brad Pitt as Billy Beane is ridiculous.  Billy is more charming and better looking, to boot.

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Though I know I am obviously in the overwhelming minority of the female population when I say that.  It’s like Hayden Christensen playing Stephen Glass.  Except I like Christensen, so I don’t mind.  And Shattered Glass is an incredible movie so I can forgive it.  I’m not really sure how Moneyball will be as a movie, but I’m looking forward to it.

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The real Stephen Glass on the left, Hayden Christensen, of wood-board Anakin Skywalker fame, on the right

So this all reminded me how much I love the book Moneyball and the three pearls of wisdom I always remember from it.

“‘Why should noise have any more effect on the hitter than the pitcher?’ says Billy, a little testily. ‘If you’re playing away, you can just pretend they are cheering for you.’

Haven’t we all wondered this?  I sure have.

“‘In the last ten years guys started covering their lips with their gloves,’ snaps Billy.  ‘I’ve never known a single lip-reader in baseball.  What, has there been a rash of lip-reading I don’t know about?’

And last but not least…

“The new pitcher, Ricardo Rincon, gets two quick outs and gives up just one run on a sacrifice fly: 11-7.  With two out and runners on first and third, Art Howe [the manager], walks out yet again.  This time he calls for right hander Jeff Tam, newly arrived from AAA, to face the right-handed Mike Sweeney, who is, at the moment, leading the American League in hitting.

“‘ Why?  [says Billy] They take all this lefty-righty crap too far.  What’s wrong with leaving Rincon in?’”

Now I’m looking at the movie’s IMDB listing and seeing that someone named Sergio Garcia is playing Jorge Posada.  This is getting weirder by the second.  I need to go back to reading that Alex Rodriguez is going to get traded for Joe Martinez.

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Baseball is a Business. Rinse and Repeat.

Repeat it one hundred times and you may start to feel a little better about Uribe signing with the Dodgers.  As lovely as it would be if he had looked at $21 million over three years to wear Dodger blue and said no, it’s not reality.  Rinse and repeat.  This is therapeutic for me. 

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As I get my therapeutic shampoo, I chant one last Oooo-ribe in my head.  I’ll never forget doing that with 40,000 other people.  Magical.

The question this all brings, of course, is, Who now?  I vote for Ryan Braun at shortstop.  Kidding!  The Wall Street Journal reported that the Giants and Jeter’s agent have been in contact but I think that’s an atrocious idea.  For starters, no one really knows how he’d react out of the beautiful place that is NYC and additionally he’s not, um, extremely young.  He’s also looking for a lot of money which the Giants might be able to give, but you know, just because one has money doesn’t mean one should spend it.  Then there’s Miguel Tejada who batted .269 with 15 homers last year.  Not exactly a tremendous amount of pop at shortstop. 

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I’m honestly not totally sure what Sabean’s plan is for 2011.  It’s very early in the offseason, of course, but the odd way the team meshed was, well, odd.  And magical.  It’s hard to repeat magic and even if Sabean re-signed everyone, it wouldn’t be the same.  Perhaps he’s planning to start the year like he did in 2010, with a mediocre set of fielders and bullpen and hunt down some new mis-fits during the year.  If so, it’s a gamble at best.  If he’s trying to form a solid team with some big names, then the large contract Huff got is just the beginning.  What do you think Sabean’s 2011 plan is? 

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If I were Sabean, I think I’d be looking ahead towards 2012 when several prospects are projected to be ready for the majors.  While I understand baseball is business (rinse and repeat) and the win-now mindset is prevalent, I think signing older players into multi-year deals isn’t a good idea.  The Giants may contend in 2011, but I think 2012 is the year they will be contenders again and the long-term success of the team is more important, in my opinion, than the win-now thing.  But baseball is a business (okay, I won’t say it) and I think the Giants will be trying to defend the title it 2011. We shall see.

In Texas news, the Rangers signed Torrealba to a two year deal.  I was thrilled to see that.  While everyone’s been saying Lee is really important for the Rangers- and I don’t discount that he is- I’ve been saying, Catcher, catcher, catcher.  It seems to me that the toehold of Wilson and Lewis is still a little wobbly and a veteran catcher who can handle that staff is a top priority.  Good news down south.   Now I’m hoping Lee will, out of the goodness of his heart, sign with Texas.  And mostly that the Rangers keep that core strong and I think they will contend in 2011.

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Those’re my wish lists for my teams.  What are yours?  Just remember: Baseball is a business.  Rinse and repeat.  Be realistic.  And give it to Santa in time for Christmas.

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Hugs to all and enjoy the end of your Thanksgiving leftovers, if you still have any.  I think I’m all through.  I miss cranberries already.

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In Which I am Dwarfed by a Buster Posey Poster, on Boycotting Sports Organizations and What Giants Beat Writers Should be Saying

Me and my Buster Posey poster!

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I won it (it’s limited edition, no less) in a Twitter giveaway from the Fresno Grizzlies, the Giants AAA affiliate.  It was really hard to get a good picture of me with the poster because from a lot of angles it dwarfed me.  In reality, he’s… ahem, a foot taller than me.  He might dwarf me in person too.  As y’all know, I’m not really a huge Posey fan- so this may or may not join my enormous Return of the King poster on my walls- but I have to admit this is a pretty nice lookin’ poster. 

I also learned today that my grandparents, White Sox fans, but longtime Dodger season-ticket holders have decided not to get season tickets for the 2011 season because they’re disgusted with the organization and feel they basically aren’t trying.  It’s essentially what I did during the World Series, switching allegiances because I was unhappy with the organization, although obviously the Giants were winning.  But I’m curious: have any of you ever boycotted a sports organization (literally, by not patronizing them or just by not rooting for them) because you were unhappy with the management?  Comment and let me know. 

Giants fans and writers seem to be going a little crazy waiting for Sabean to make, you know, at least one move and every Bay Area  beat writer wrote their 1,000th “Why We Need Huff and Uribe” article.  Time for a new line.  Like, “Why We Need Ryan Braun”.  Just an example.

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What’s this? A ranger, caught off his guard? + Exclusive Photo of my Zito Pumpkin

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Arwen Evenstar + Ian Kinsler

25 Rangers caught off their guard, to be exact.  LOTR fans will know that line is spoken by Arwen to Aragorn in the Fellowship of the Ring and the scene reminds me of what has happened these past two days.   It’s all been very odd and very sad for me watching because it doesn’t look like the World Series should; two good and equally matched ballclubs playing tough games.  Even the people without Texas sympathies in my house are not enjoying this to the fullest.  Here’s to some fierce Ranger play in the coming days.  ::clinks glass of orange juice::

I wanted to share a photo of my Halloween pumpkin last year with y’all. 

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Z, that is, for Zito.  I am not obsessed or a stalker, it just seemed like the perfect letter for a pumpkin and it happened to fit with Barry’s name.  ::cue the lady doth protest too much::

I did want to convince the Giants organization to let me in just for batting practice so I could carry a sign that said, “I Love U, J.D.”.  (JD being Jon Daniels) but I didn’t get around to it in the post East Coast haze.  It’s not like I had a huge amount of success the last time I did this- Ryan Braun didn’t seem to notice that I loved him- but there’s always a first time.  JD might be more of a gentleman, who knows.  If the series comes back to San Fran, I will try lobbying with the front office.  I seriously promise to leave as soon as the cage comes down. 

Lastly, here is the clear version of me and the World Series trophy.

The only other baseball themed thing about my NY trip (other than, you know, talking to everyone about it) was seeing Citi Field from my cab on the way to JFK.  It’s a pretty field, from the outside, going at 70 on the freeway.  Next time, I am going in the spring…

Enjoy the final days of baseball season and hugs and happy Halloween to all.

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The Rangers Sprayed Ginger Ale, Why I love Jon Daniels and on Wearing White After Labor Day

I love these guys.  Scratch that.  I adore these guys.  These guys being the Texas Rangers and I’m adoring them right now because they reportedly celebrated their win over the Rays with ginger ale rather than the traditional alcohol, so that their star player, Hamilton could participate.  How amazingly great is that?  I give myself some credit because I suggested orange juice as an alternative a few weeks ago but maybe they aren’t that into healthy natural juice.  No matter.  I am proud to be a Rangers fan because they took matters into their own hands and did something different.

 

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Don’t really know if I need to repeat this, but no, I do not waste my time by photographing cans of ginger ale.

 

I’m also giving JD some credit, because I have this irrational suspicion this he was involved with the idea.  JD being Jon Daniels, the General Manager of the Rangers.  I’m not usually really into GMs, they seem so distant, but I am a huge Daniels fan.  To start with, when he was hired, he was the youngest GM in the history of MLB which I love.  I firmly live by the principle that age only matter if you’re cheese and so I think the way he’s built what is something of an underdog club into one that can beat the holder of the best record in the AL is fantastic.  And he traded Chris Ray for Bengie.  Who do you think got the better end of that deal?  He signed Vladdy when everyone thought he was done.  He stole Cliff Lee from under the Yankees nose.  And from what I’ve seen, he’s a snappy dresser.  And the Dreamy Team General Manager.

 

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Didn’t take this picture.  But if someone wants to invite me to his next press conference, feel free to. 

 

So I am obviously hoping, hoping, hoping that we get a Rangers vs. Giants World Series, but I’d be okay with seeing the sweet, if over-loaded as a team, guys from the Bronx as well.  I’m hoping it’s not the Phillies, but I’m okay with that too.  All four teams left play good ball so either way I’m pumped.  But you know the scary thing I realized while going to sleep last night?  No matter what, the Giants have a maximum of 14 games left.  (Yeah, that’s what I think about while I go to sleep.  No wonder I dream about it.)  We are seriously nearing the end.  Down to a wire is an understatement.  I miss Zito starts.

                                                                                

Lastly.  Some of you may have noticed that I have a new profile picture.  The reason is that yesterday somebody clued me into the fact that it is no longer summer and while Important People in the fashion industry have recently stated that it’s okay to wear white after Labor Day (I hardly ever wear white anyway, so it’s a non-issue for me, but that didn’t stop me from clicking on the article about it), it’s still unacceptable to wear sandals in mid-October.  Even more unacceptable to have them in ones profile picture.  Lesson learned.  New profile picture needed.  Instead of photographing my new Madden boots, I’m going face this time.  And the new picture (newly my profile picture, it’s from July) makes me nostalgic for the 2010 season and reminds me why I like people who give me tickets to sit behind the dugout at a game.  You know the way to my heart.  (That is, Madden shoes or nice seats at a baseball game.)

 

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