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10 Reasons I Am Excited Right About Now (Warning: April Fool Contained Inside)

I went out today and actually sat in the sunshine and had a picnic.  It’s been raining here in the Bay Area for what feels like forever, so it was pretty amazing.  I finished “Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World” by Michael Lewis (which is absolutely, fabulously good and you should read it right now, even if your eyes cross at the word “subprime”) and then I caught the end of the ballgame and felt rather wonderful.  I love many things about Spring Training, but I also cannot wait for the real thing to begin and for all the final roster cuts and all that jazz.  I also can’t wait for the Giants to be back in San Francisco.  You are free to call me crazy, but let me finish first.  I do not generally consider myself a psychic, but when the Giants are in town?  I can totally feel the presence.   Now I also believe that eating these Vitamin C gummy bears actually keeps me from getting sick, so I am probably not a source.  But it’s all psychological, so who can really argue with me?

Anyhow.  This year, rather than repeating last year’s Goodbye Spring Training – which you can read here, if you are so inclined – I am going to infuse a little bit of optimism into the (theoretical) mix.  Ready?  Okay.  This is 10 Reasons I Am Excited Right About Now.  The “now” I refer to is 5:55pm on the day the Giants played their last Spring Training game of 2012.  You’re welcome, historians 5000 years hence.

10.  Zito’s new mechanics!  Yeah.  April Fool’s.  I got you there, right?  Right?

9.  All of the various injured players re-proving themselves.  Along with the young guys who just crack the team, the injured players have got to be some of the most fascinating storylines of the year.  Lookin’ at you, Buster Posey.

8.  Speaking of which, Buster Posey.  Can I (for once) speak for the whole of the Giants fanbase, when I say we are tremendously, tremendously stoked?

7.  The Bruce Bochy show.  KNBR listeners, you know of what I speak.  Non-KNBR listeners, why the heck don’t you listen?

6.  Interleague Play.  I still object on some sort of deep, moral grounds, Bud Selig, but since the Giants get the AL West this year, I am borderline mollified for the time being.  Aside from the obvious they-are-playing-the-Rangers, I’m interested to see the matchup with the resident Interesting Team of the year, the Angels.  Who also have quite a nice dining area which serves basically cold hamburgers, for whatever it’s worth.

5.  The draft.  It’s still many months off, but the beginning of the season does signal how it’s getting closer and pretty soon, we’ll be treated to the draft breakdowns in the media and all that fun stuff.  July, it’s Emily calling, can you please come a wee bit sooner?

4.  The Hobbit movie.  Well, I am.

3.  Never using the Despicable Me balloon scene photos againBecause the Giants are not going to disappoint me that way this year.  Positive affirmations are everything, people.

2.  More animal themed hats at AT&T Park!  And that right there was my second April Fool’s.  Aside from the obvious fashion-faux-pas-ness of them (it’s hard, you know, to adequately match an outfit to a giraffe-print hat), there’s the issue of short people like yours truly not really at all being able to see over them.  Consideration is key, People Who Attend AT&T Park.  Because we’re getting back… together and all that.

1.  Since I don’t want to be lame and say the smell of fresh grass… I’ll just say cinnamon roasted walnuts.  Not the ones they sell at the park, mind you, because I am boycotting those because of labor issues with Diamond Foods, their manufacturer (not to be confused with Diamond Girl), but the other brands you can buy at the grocery story.  They are dee-lish-us.  And I am excited.  Excited excited.  

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The Other Brandon And The Lowdown on Female Friday

The other Brandon is Brandon Crawford who challenged my skepticism of his call-up in a hurry last night. With a grand-slam to give the Giants a lead in Milwaukee. I cheered almost as loudly for that as for Ryan Braun’s double and then I felt like a terrible person afterwards because, you know, I’m a Giants fan before I’m a Brewers fan. I genuinely hate when they play each other and I can’t wait for this series to be over so I can get back to my orange and black ways 100%.

Which is all not to detract from Brandon’s perfect moment. It was just unexpected and unscripted and breathed a little life into a team that is gasping right now. The losing streak was promptly snapped and I feel Bochy’s motivational speaking career is taking off.

The other fun thing about yesterday? The inaugural “Female Friday” on the Fitz and Brooks show in KNBR 680. Brooks is on vacation, so Fitz decided to do a show about female fans, asking for girl callers and guys about girl fans. It was interesting, funny and rare. I never hear female callers on sportstalk radio so I enjoyed sort of sourcing the women who listen to KNBR, but don’t usually call. And, of course, I couldn’t resist joining the conversation. I wrote in an email about, among other things, my love for general managers and they read it on air, which was really exciting because I am the biggest KNBR geek ever. I missed it because I was, appropriately perhaps, fashion photoshooting with high waisted blue jeans and vintage briefcases. It was a lot of fun, but I was sad to miss the rest of the show/my fifteen seconds of fame. Fist bumps to the KNBR people for doing it, though. Stoked for many more weeks of it. They need me on as an expert on female fans, don’t they? I have a lot of theories. Some of which are backed up by fact. Some of which are not.

I am now checking out for a weekend in a place I have never heard of because of- what else?- a baseball tournament. The hotel has a hot tub and I am a pushover, so I couldn’t say no to accompanying The Brother. Since this is, as I said, a place I have never heard of, I kind of guess I will have a lot of time on my hands. So checking out doesn’t necessarily mean no blog posts. Wish me luck in the backwater, okay? Thanks.

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Pressure Points That Relieve Headaches For World Series Winning Teams To Play Better At Home

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I got my contest prize yesterday, which is this beautiful photo book, “Freak Season”.  It has some fascinating little moments and I definitely recommend it to people who are Tim Lincecum fans (though no one is as big as me.  I am the ultimate Tim Lincecum fan.)  Yesterday was a good day.  Today?  Not so much.

 

Reasons today was depressing:

 

·         The Giants were on Fox.

I try not to be one of those endless complainers about national media but the broadcasters today made me want to pluck my eyeballs out with forks.  Not literally.

 

·         The Giants lost.

Dismally.  In the fog.

 

·         Pat Burrell attempted to run.

I never thought I would feel badly for him, but today I ever so slightly did.  It was painful to watch him run.  And what is with his eyebrows?  If someone doesn’t want to do anything with their eyebrows, I won’t pick on them.  But his look done.  Just bizarrely.

 

·         Tim Lincecum attempted to pitch.

And failed.

 

·         Tim Hudson pitched.

And succeeded brilliantly.  I have a little Big 3 nostalgia for him, but not when he’s blowing my Giants away.  Without even huffing and puffing.  Profoundly effortless, on his part.

 

·         The offense attempted to hit.

And failed.

 

·         Neftali Feliz was placed on the disabled list.

With right shoulder inflammation.  The club said that it’s sort of precautionary, since he’s so young.  My fingers are solidly crossed that that is true.

 

·         MLB has a new ad featuring Brian Wilson’s beard that is seriously nauseating.  

May I just say that epic is not always a compliment?  As in, epic can be an adverb, paired with words such as, “ridiculous”, “hideous” and/or “plain stupid”.  On KNBR the other day, they had the topic “Who’s your favorite Giant?” and I was floored by the lack of Brian Wilson responses.  I thought I was the odd one out in being sick of the act.  I don’t  think so.  He needs some serious image consultation.

 

There was some comic relief, though.  Like the girl with the “Marry Me, Ryan Braun” sign.  I don’t feel like I’m on high enough ground to pick on her, but at least my sign was a non-committal statement and it sure didn’t have my phone number.  My ground is at least a few inches higher, right?

 

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And I guess it’s sort of good news that the Giants are going on a 10 game roadtrip after tomorrow, because they seem better on the road, though their record is just about even.  I mean, I would be too, if there were crazy people with smeared eye-black and orange chest paint yelling strange cheers at 100 decibels.  Which is why I want Meditation Day at the ballpark and I would be a bad baseball player because I would choke when delivering the “the fans were so loud, it was amazing” line.  Although maybe they mean amazing in a bad way…?  Because otherwise I don’t get it.  I wonder if they are given a handbook after they win the World Series about pressure points that relieve headaches.  That could be useful.  For the players and the fans, actually.  I’m going to try acupressure next time I’m there.

 

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Why I Was So Jittery for Play Ball 1.0, Torture 2.0

Things I did this morning:

*Burned my fingers getting a bagel out of the toaster

*Drank black coffee and bounced off the walls on caffeine

*Went through five possible nail polish colors before deciding not to paint my nails at all

*Straightened my hair (which I have only done twice since a fateful November 1st, I might add)

I was jittery.  Really jittery.  You know how it is when you are about to meet up with a friend or family member who you haven’t seen in a while and suddenly you’re not sure if maybe you’ve grown apart?  Yeah, you’ve talked on the phone and emailed back and forth… but what if they just don’t like you and you don’t like them?  Especially if you’ve parted on odd terms.  That’s how I was with the Giants this morning.  My beautiful beat writers and Twitter buddies have kept me updated and in the loop, but I was still irrationally jittery this morning.  Hence all the odd behaviors explained above.  And then, how it always is, the game came on and after one awkward second it was like no time at all had passed.  We hugged and chatted and braided each other’s hair and my burnt fingers stopped hurting.  My Giants and I have a great relationship, like that.

Jon Miller and Dave Flemming made me smile for three hours straight with their long-sleeved Aloha shirts and “the main thing about Spring Training is figuring out who the hell that is” and despite Timmy’s, ahem, rough start the team looks pretty darn good to me.  And they won, which would kind of rock except for the fact that we appear to be in for Torture 2.0.

I would just like to add that the Moonlight Sonata is in a new KNBR ad about the Giants.  The Moonlight Sonata.   I love it, but it’s sort of my depressed-teen-girl piece.  Not something I’d want in a triumphant baseball team ad.  That is all.

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p.s.  Breaking news: the Phillies are officially and undeniably the best team in the history of Major League Baseball!  They beat up on the Florida State University Seminoles, 8-0.  Official and undeniable.

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Useful Guide to Washington DC for FP Santangelo and The Basketball(ish) Team Joe Martinez is Now Inhabiting

I’m going to talk about some old news because I’ve been secluded in the sun on vacation in Tahiti these past few days (translation: huddled in front of laptop in damp and freezing Bay Area).

 

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Old News

 

Overheard conversation last season: 

 

Young child:  Who is that?

Dad: FP Santangelo.  You know, the one Mommy likes.

 


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I was never a huge Sports Phone 680 listener but it was my go-to show after depressing losses, when the post-game show ended too soon.  Really good therapy.  The wolfpack and all that.  The volume of female callers with odd things to say was funny too.  So since moving to a new city is always a little disorienting, I’ve made a mini-guide to help him out in DC.

 

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First, he’s going to need some cupcake stores.  This article in The Washington Post has lots of ideas.  Personally, the place that touts their designer cupcakes sounds good to me.  If he’s feeling swamped and needs some entertainment, Lady Gaga is playing at the Verizon center in the end of February.  If musicals are more his style, then Wicked is opening in June.  And if he needs to pick up some snappy clothes for his new gig, there is a Burberry store at 1155 Connecticut Ave.

 

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Beautiful Burberry ad.  With Emma Watson missing a leg.  You might, you know, see a one-legged Emma Watson if you head over to the Burberry store.  They should have put that on the ad.

 

So hasta la vista, FP.  Have a good time in DC. 

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Really, Really Old News

 

Joe Martinez was traded to the Indians.  So he will be moving hangouts from the Indianapolis Indians to the Cleveland Indians.  Or the Columbus Clippers, as the case may be, which sounds suspiciously like a basketball team.  Despite the name, I am becoming something of a fan for the team as well as the actual Indians.  And if some strange luck takes me to Cleveland in the coming year, I will go to a game and show some, you know, Indians pride.  Because I am filled with Indians pride, just waiting to get out.

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