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The Only Logical Way to Start the New Year

So… I’m guilty.  I have pretty much started the new year doing everything you’re supposed to stop doing.  I don’t make resolutions (unless DRINK MORE COFFEE counts?),but I have spent the last 11 days altogether slacking on life.  Will eventually answer emails and clean my stuff up and all that.  Maybe on Opening Day or maybe not.  Further updates at a later date.

Anyway, in baseball news, the Hall of Fame announced who they will be inducting this year and the answer is nobody.  Not even in the Odysseus sense: nobody with a capital N.  Just nobody as in nobody because the baseball writers are on a power trip and really we need a new way of voting so that arbitrary in a way that suits us fans a little better.  A hint: arbitrary is arbitrary, no matter how you spin it.  No one was inducted this year.  Life goes on.

Moving right along.

This past month or so has been pretty sleepy, mostly, with the new CBA pretty much guilting everyone into finishing up their offseason early, as was intended, I think.  Catchers and pitchers (in)voluntarily report to Spring Training a month from tomorrow.  There are still a few players floating around and a cover guy for MLB The Show to be picked, but otherwise, crickets

In the meantime, I am entertaining myself with movie award season.  My Golden Globe prediction ballot is all filled out and I’m still celebrating about Beasts of the Southern Wild and Silver Linings Playbook knocking everyone else out with their sort-of-surprise Oscar noms.  And recovering from the shock that Trouble With the Curve didn’t, like, clean up.

Justin Timberlake is a man of many talents.  Baseball broadcasting, sadly, is not one of them.

Diamond Girl

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Hall of Fame, You Say? Let Me Pluck Out My Eyeballs With a Fork, Please.

Let’s talk about the Hall of Fame for a moment.

I will be straight up with you: I have only nominal interest in the HOF.  Similarly, as many of you know, I have only nominal interest in all of the awards.  It’s always going to be a very subjective reckoning and while awards hold a good deal of significance to players and the Hall of Fame even more, I would imagine, it’s sort of icing on the cake.  Likewise, for us fans, there will always be a player – a player who would never get into the HOF – who matters more to us than 90% of the people who are in it.  A player who, for whatever reason, did something to make themselves unforgettable to us.  We all have a personal HOF and players are in there for a million and one reasons.

Which brings me back to the real HOF.  Everyone and their long-lost brother who’s actually a hockey fan, but still, has an opinion on the ballot.  It’s this way every year, but especially this year with Bonds and Clemens on the ballot for the first time.  I’ve read so many opinions and articles on the topic that I am ready to pluck my eyeballs out with forks.

People, you need to worry less.

The vote belongs to the voters.  The voters, pretty much without exception, know more about baseball than I will ever know, so I don’t expect I’d sway them with my opinion.  To the extent that it’s fantasy HOF, eh, fantasy cooking-an-Italian dinner would probably be more fun.  To the extent that it’s a manifestation of our opinions on stats vs. old-school measurements of success or PEDs are okay vs. PEDs are not okay, pinning the argument on the HOF seems silly.

I see a lot of new movies every year and when the Academy Award nominations for 2012 are announced on January 10th, I am sure to be disappointed.  Some films they won’t recognize because they are too big, too commercial.  Some, because they were too small, too independent.  Historically, many truly brilliant movies and actors who have endured the test of time were never recognized.  But this doesn’t change our experience of watching them now, nor did it when they came out.

And this class of HOF’s will not change the opinion of anyone who’s made up their mind, nor will it change the careers of a select group of great players who are on the ballot.

It is an award.  It is arbitrary.

Diamond Girl

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The Pink Paraphernalia

Here is my virtual high five to Bochy and Sabean.  I wasn’t into the Bengie trade, because I was one of those people who wasn’t totally sold on Buster, but it seems to have been a smart move.  They are managing this team well right now so I am more a fan than ever.  Which means I want to give you all a little talk about female fans.

Being a female fan is hard.  Case in point: a few weeks ago I was shoe shopping at Nordstrom’s (duh, I’m a big shoe person; see my profile picture) and they were showing the Giants game on the TV in the department.  So watch the game or try on some five inch heels by Steve Madden?

Female fans, I feel your pain.  But there’s one thing that girl fans do that I don’t get.  Actually, there’s one thing MLB does for girl fans that I don’t get, but we must be buying or they wouldn’t sell them, so we’re all at fault.  In two words: pink paraphernalia. 

You know how MLB sells pink hats and pink bats and lots of other pink stuff with the team’s logo on it?  I don’t get wearing that stuff.  If you’re a fan, then show your pride, be it orange or black or blue or white or red or green or anything else. 

 

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They do try to make it more Giant-y by putting the orange logo on the tops, but seriously.  Orange and pink clash.  Who designed those things?  Guessing it wasn’t Miu-Miu or anything.

If you’re a girl who wears pink MLB paraphernalia, please tell me your reasoning.  

The trade deadline is getting really close now and I’m still half-hoping for the Giants to get Ryan Braun and/or Roy Oswalt, but I don’t think that really looks likely, right now.  And I don’t think that we need either, particularly.  There’s not a whole lot of evidence that we need a big bat or a starting pitcher.  So I’d say a relief pitcher would be a good investment.  I’ve heard that the relief pitcher market is not very good, so this might be tricky to do.  But it’s the move I’d make.

And congratulations to Jon Miller.  We are so lucky to have him in San Francisco and his acceptance speech was really great.  I wish broadcasters got awards more often.  They give better speeches than athletes or actors or anyone else. 

Please send your healing thoughts Eugenio Velez’s way.  Scary incident, with the foul ball that hit him in the head in the dugout.

X’s and O’s, friends.

Diamond Girl

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