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Peace and Love and Antlers to All + My Resolutions for 2011

Peace and love and antlers to all!

I am purging 2010 (though seriously, what is there to purge?  The Giants and the Rangers played each other in the World Series) by redoing my nail polish.  Even so, I love New Year’s Eve and am pumped for 2011.  It’s going to be very good.  Armando Galarraga will do fantastically along with Eugenio Velez (he’ll do well, but the Dodgers won’t, of course) and Joe Martinez, who will be signed by the Rangers before the offseason ends.  ::Diamond Girl gives Jon Daniels a very pointed look::  The Niners may also hire me as their GM (okay, yes, that’s unlikely).  Bud Selig will decide to do important things like make the wild card wild and rename the Winter Meetings (this year from December 6th-9th) because everyone knows winter begins on December 21st.  The world will get over their Glee complex and watch baseball instead.  And the world will accept the antlers as the truth of all creation and wear them all year round.

I’m not really into New Year resolutions, but I’m going to try it this year. 

1.  I resolve to visit my grandparents in Los Angeles without fighting over whether Wilson or Broxton is a better closer. 

2.  I resolve to dissolve my life savings and go to Citi Field or Yankee Stadium. 

3.  I resolve to carry a sign to an A’s vs. Rangers game and get the object of my sign to autograph it. 

4.  I resolve to crash the 2011 GM Meetings. 

5.  I resolve to repeat my feat of walking over every inch of AT&T Park in stilettos. 

Okay.  I now have plenty to do next year.  Soon it’ll be time (It’s Time!) to settle in for a night of delayed Times Square.  Happy New Year everyone.   Hugs and cupcakes and aviator Prada sunglasses to all in the coming year.  2011’s gonna rule.

Diamond Girl

p.s.  2010 was my first year at this- blogging- and so I want to thank you all again for reading and commenting.  71 entries.  A lot of talk about Ryan Braun.  I dig the world.

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Baseball is a Business. Rinse and Repeat. 2.0

We are rinsing and repeating today because Eugenio Velez signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers.  As I said before, I am hoping he will get more play time and a legitimate chance, which the Giants just aren’t able to offer him right now.  I wish he wasn’t going to be donning Dodger blue, but if he takes a little play time from Matt Kemp I won’t be at all adverse to that.  There is a bright side to everything.

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Meanwhile Cliffy is said to have signed a deal with the Phillies.  As of this writing, the number of years and amount of money is not confirmed, though “sources” say it’s five years, $100 million.  So he wasn’t going after that endlessly long contract after all.  Interesting and refreshing.   I’ll write more when I know more but for now I just have one other refreshing thing to share:  yesterday, I mentioned Cliff Lee and the person I was talking to said, “Cliff who?”  Some days- especially media circus days- I just love those non baseball fans.  And yeah.  This all surprised me too. 

Brian Cashman/Hank Steinbrenner/Jon Daniels/Nolan Ryan/Chuck Greenberg will probably sleep better tonight, now that it’s all over.  As well as Cliff himself.  I think everyone involved in this is glad it’s over. 

Good night, blogsphere.

Diamond Girl            

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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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Diamond Girl

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Why isn’t the Wild Card Wild?

Another example of my psychic qualities: Ryan Braun had two doubles last night.  No matter that he’s batting .390 this year, those doubles were because of me. 

Anyway.  Yes, you heard me.  This is going to sound crazy but just imagine for a moment if, in addition to the six division champions, two teams were chosen at random for the “wild card”.  Imagine the tension at the press conference, which would stream live at mlb.com, where Bud Selig would choose names out of a hat.  Okay, maybe I’m imagining Steve Jobs’ press conference earlier this month, but still…

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It would add an interesting twist if, say, the Orioles got into the playoffs and beat everyone else.  Maybe giving a team a second life would inspire them into playing really, really well.

I think my problem with the name originates from playing Uno too many times as a young child.  I don’t remember the game very well, so correct me if I’m wrong, but I think there’s something pretty wild about the Wild Card in that game.  Which is what leads me to this argument.

If no one goes for this idea, I would suggest a name change.  The “Wild Card” really implies something wild.  Or at least one something along the lines of the cosmetics brand, “Wet ‘N Wild”. 

Just to be clear, I am rooting for the Giants and Ryan Braun.  Which is to say when Braun bats, I’m basically rooting for him but otherwise I’m totally a Giantette.  I’m going to the game tomorrow and I may be carrying a sign.  Pictures will be posted.  Stay tuned.

Diamond Girl

p.s.  “Beat Milwah!” doesn’t sound good.  Let’s limit that to the Dodgers, Padres and D-Backs, please.

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Good Fan or Bad Fan?

I always have an urge to hug people who say, “I like going to baseball games even if it’s not teams I like, because I just like watching the game.”  Don’t get me wrong, I bleed orange and black, but I tend to view people who are only interested in their team, as “bad fans”.

It’s along the same lines of why I don’t boo.  I try to appreciate the other team and I don’t really understand the purpose of booing.  Do you want them to go back to their city and not play here?  Obviously not.  Is it just to express your disdain for them?  Why do you have disdain for them?  I get booing a .180 hitter from your own team much more than booing a .320 hitter from the opposing team.  Personally, I don’t do either, but one makes more sense to me than the other.  I think it’s actually just something deeply engrained in American sports viewing, but it’s something I don’t like.  What do you think?

Except when Casey Blake comes up.  He’s my Achilles Heel/Kryptonite.  I boo him.  Now you know.

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That’s why I’m excited for the playoffs, whatever it holds for the Giants.  I think we’ll see a lot of good ball and I can’t wait.

Happy Barry Zito Day.  I don’t know if I’m coining that phrase, but surely we need another holiday after the three day weekend, so BZ Day it is.  I’ll be rooting for him tonight.  But I think you knew that.

Beat AZ!  (That chant works remarkably well on places other than LA!)

Diamond Girl

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