(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.
Diamond Girl sees video of Zito at Spring Training talking about new socks. She is puzzled.
Diamond Girl sees Zito’s socks. She prays that she is hallucinating.
Later in April
Diamond Girl visits LA. LA survives. Barely.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.