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Retraction. Things You Shouldn’t Know About the Twins

They hit.  A lot.  On occasion.  Occasions like last night.  That is something we all wish we didn’t know about the Twins.  Fear not!  I’m going to make you feel a lot better.  Therapy Emily is here.

But first, wipe that horrified look off your face.

Yes, Madison Bumgarner made history as the first pitcher since 1900 to let in eight runs, while only recording one out.  Yes, the Giants, while they got nine hits, only managed two runs.  Yes, it was a basically horrifying night.

But at the same time, it’s an easier loss to take for me as a fan.  Because it was a no-doubter, you know?   Madison was absolutely, utterly terribly.  That’s it.  That’s what went wrong. 

Likelihood is?  He’ll be just fine in the future.  And even if this were to be a signal of things to come for him in the future, I don’t know why people are calling for him to be traded right now.  This is the worst possible moment to trade him.  His stock is at its lowest.  Wait for him to squeeze out some quality starts and then trade him, if you must.  Additionally, I disagree with people saying he should be sent down or skip a start.  His morale is probably also at its lowest.  Unless there’s an underlying, bigger physical or mechanical issue that they know of, I think they should let him take the mound in five days.  And see how it plays out.  Show a little confidence in him.

Zito, of course, took last night to throw a two hit, complete game shutout for Fresno, making a nice little bid for a spot in the wacky rotation.  But Bochy denies anything happening with Bumgarner and says he’s meeting with Barry today, which sounds foreboding, but maybe I’m just paranoid.  We’ll see.

A little brightsideness?  Today is Ryan Vogelsong and I actually think he could be a stopper.  Never thought I’d write those words.  But baseball is a strange game.

Try saying that to Madison Bumgarner.

Diamond Girl

p.s.  Dodger Stadium today?  Oh. My. God.  That is so empty it’s not even funny.  And believe me, I find just about everything about the Dodgers funny.

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3 + 3 = 3 Wins + Mandatory Low Point In Trailer When Main Character Cries Or Almost Cries If He Is Tough Guy Brad Pitt So He Can’t Actually Cry

I don’t drop “Baseball Gods” a whole lot.  But when people hit triples, they always feel like little gifts from Baseball Heaven.  And has anyone else noticed that they do tend to come to people who really, really need them?

Like Pat Burrell  who is rumored to be the odd man out later this year and Eli Whiteside who has, well, big shoes to fill.  And he isn’t really fillin’ them.  Then Billy Hall’s (am I coining Billy?) magical half hour with Bam Bam seems to have paid off, which comes at a nice time when Freddy pessimism is at a 2011 high.  I am all for the holistic, natural approach and have (some amount of) total confidence that the shoulder can heal on its own but it’s good to have some, ahem, backup.

Which means that this night of three basers notched MadBum his third win of the year and a 3.21 ERA.  Sometimes I have the urge to bang the heads of the offense together but then I remember that they do things like hit key triples and I go to my punching bag (laptop keyboard) instead.

We are on our way to sweeping the Diamondbacks, which is a phrase I would have been petrified to utter a few days ago.  This is good.

Zito is moving up in the world and will be starting in AAA Fresno tonight.  I guess this must be his first time pitching for the Grizzlies and I think he’ll fit in.  No snarky-ness there.  Barry and Chuckchansi Park just seem like a match made in heaven.  Still, I’d be lying if I said I don’t feel like the clock is ticking down to doomsday.

The first Moneyball movie trailer hit the web yesterday my skepticism about it is fading.

I think it looks really good, actually.  The hairdresser captured Billy Beane’s vaguely volumized hair perfectly and even if they look nothing alike otherwise (yeah, that’s a big cause of mine) they do kind of make the same expressions.

And am I the only one who thinks doing this looks incredibly fun?  Even if that is the mandatory Low Point In Trailer When Main Character Cries (Or Almost Cries If He Is Tough Guy Brad Pitt So He Can’t Actually Cry).  So I don’t think it’s supposed to look fun.  But it does.

Someone else commented that the field looks suspiciously dark in this walk scene and why doesn’t the stadium have any lights?

True.

I will be in the theater opening day, I think.  I’ve only done that for one other movie, Takers, and it was unwarranted.  That was a terrible movie (not to mention Hayden Christensen’s character was the first of the bank robbers to die, which tempted me to demand my $8 back, but that seemed petty).  I have hope, though.  I kind of think this might be my first baseball movie love.

Diamond Girl

p.s.  Congratulations to former Giant/Grizzly Jesus Guzman on his call-up to San Diego!

I remember seeing him during his two weeks up at AT&T Park in 2009 and enjoying watching him play.  Wishing him much success.  I mean, some success.  Enough for him to have a happy career but the Padres to keep on their last place, sub-.500 ways.

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If You Look Up “Stoic” In The Dictionary, You’ll See a Picture of Madison. And Sequined Rangers Flip Flops, If You’re Lucky.

Here’s the breakdown of Madison Bumgarner’s season, so far (with a tip of the cap to the people at www.csnbayarea.com who figure out statistics).

13 Starts

2 wins, 8 losses

3.25 ERA

The Giants have had three runs or less in ten of those starts

Two runs or less, in nine of them

One run or less in six of them

In five of them? 

None.

As a Giants fan, what part of that is surprising?   That he had actually had a whole fraction of a Major League season where he got some support.

And that he is unshakably stoic through the whole thing, à la Matt Cain.  He talks to the press every five days with a vaguely amused expression and his NorCarolina drawl and somehow makes you feel a little better about resigning yourself to the fact that he’s that starter on the team right now; the one who the first place team can’t just muster a few runs for.  Eventually, they’ll snap out of it.  If World Series winning/parade/celebrity-hood didn’t initiate you into Giantville, Madison, this should.

The real highlight of last night was, in my opinion, the return of Edgar.

Even in Cincinnati red (I think our colors suited him way better, for the record) he looked and acted and felt like a Giant.  He was injured a good chunk of the time and we all had plenty of complaints about him, but he was a World Series hero.  And his August 30th, 2009 grand slam against the Rockies is one I will never, ever forget.  It was the catalyst moment in that sorta-kinda playoff run and watching it again gives me goosebumps.  You can watch it here.

I feel like we’re overdue for a warm-weather (another sorta-kinda there) offensive outburst tonight.  Anyone with me on that?

Diamond Girl

p.s.   Would you buy clothes from this guy?  Would you buy anything from this guy?  (Even besides the the fact that I wouldn’t buy shirts that say “Designated Kisser” from anyone.)

If you’re looking for a fashionable, summery, feminine way and ever so mildly classy way to show your fandom, try these awesome  sequined Rangers flip flops from the official MLB shop.  I am in love.

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The Ring Ceremony, Twin Name Suggestions and the Pitching Staff’s Teeth

Quick notes of the ring ceremony… green is hard color to pull off.  And the green of the boxes on the field really clashed with the green of the grass.  Call me a nit-picker, but that was a pretty nit-picky ceremony.  And did you notice that the farther down the line they got, the goofier they got?  They were stoic at the beginning and partying at the end.  And yes, it was more than slightly overdone.  Really?  Silver platters?

Moving on… congratulations to Kristen and Gerald Dempsey the Third!  I’ve always wanted to do this and Buster’s is finally giving me the chance.  Twin name suggestions.  A useful list for our Rookie of the Year.

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*Whiteside and Molina (he stole their jobs.  The least he could do is name his kids after them, right?)

*Luke and Leia

*S & F (though this might garner some uncomfortable questions about what they stand for)

*Erin and Aaron

*Lee and Sburg (Leesburg, GA, that is.)

*Bruce and Brian (you know what I’m talkin’ about, right?)

*Ray and Rocky (going with the baseball theme)

*Kristen and Kirsten (after their mama)

*May and May (in honor of his call-up month)

*Jon and Dave OR Kruk and Kuip

*And lastly… the best twins ever.  Thompson and Thomson.

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I’m going to be honest:  I fell asleep during yesterday’s game.  I vaguely remember Rowand missing a ball and when I woke up it was a few innings later.  So I my opinions are a little disjointed.  Basically, the thing that bothered me was that the so-called A Squad doesn’t seem a whole lot less threatening than B Squad, who played today.  The team- particularly the offense- just seems a little sleepy to me.  They’ve obviously had good games but I still think they need friendly whack across the face (happy to, you know, oblige).  Andres Torres healing up really fast and that closer of theirs wising up really fast wouldn’t hurt either.

And since Bruce Bochy said that there’s some “crud” going around the clubhouse?  I’d like to suggest some Immune Support Tea from Yogi.  Not only is that stuff magic but it also tastes like a piece of heaven.  That coming from a pure black coffee gal.

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Diamond Girl

p.s.  Does someone running the Giants website have a wacky sense of humor?  Or an obsession with the pitching staff’s teeth?

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The Verdict on Suppan and the Jon Daniels Lookin’ Like Shia LaBeouf Thing

Happy Birthday, Mike Krukow!

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I am a rabid Kruk fan and I care very deeply that people say Kruk and Kuip, not Kuip and Kruk.  That just feels so wrong.  Anyway, I hope he has a lovely birthday and I am so looking forward to listening to him again.

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That’s Kruk and Kuip on baseball.  Ennn-joy the ballgame.

Someone asked me my thoughts on the Suppan signing as the “6th starter”.  I’m not 100% sold on it.  I think the ideal 6th starter is a younger person who is looking to make it, not looking for a place to finish up his career.  But since the Giants have four above-average starters locked in for a few years to come (and Zito who is locked in, above average or not) I can see why they would go with Suppan.  A interesting or iffy young pitcher doesn’t have a place in their organization right now, whereas Suppan could play a solid number six/relief role and he isn’t looking for fame or glory.  He’s already had that.  And if it’s a train wreck in spring training then, hey, there’s a way out.  So I think it’s a basically positive move.

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Rangers FanFest is this weekend and I so, so want to be in Arlington.  I am living vicariously through my Texan readers.  Tell me all about it.

Diamond Girl

p.s.  Yesterday, @MLBFanHouse tweeted, “Does Jon Daniels look a little like Shia LeBeouf? I say yes.”

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I don’t see it.  At all.  My sister does, but I am totally puzzled.  Come to my support, people.  Is there any resemblance? 

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