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Not Your Mother’s Winter Meetings Round-Up

(I don’t know your mother.  No promises.)

The Winter Meetings are coming to a close and the path for the Giants has been surprisingly – eerily – straightforward?  They leave Nashville with 2012 heroes Marco Scutaro and Angel Pagan resigned for a comfortable three and four years respectively and now we’re left to decorate our Christmas trees and negotiate a long-term extension with our catcher who, yeah, just won an MVP and stuff.  Of course, the offseason is far from over and neither of the biggest free agents, Hamilton and Greinke, have signed anywhere yet, but for the Giants, the payroll is close to maxed out and aside from a platoon outfielder to rev up Gregor Blanco or a backup cupcake baker to… make cupcakes, I guess, they seem pretty much set.  (I volunteer for backup cupcake baker.)

Against some odds, it looks like nearly the entire 2012 team will be back for another go at it, which is exciting and definitely different than the offseason after the 2010 championship.  I am terribly excited about this.

Meanwhile, pretty much everyone else is in mega-rebuild mode which, if you’re the Yankees, means grabbing old Giants players and if you’re the Cubs means sitting back and being all, We got this (I sure hope they do – I have a running wager that they will win a World Series by 2016, so it better happen).

I think the most interesting development by far from these meetings, though, was the growing possibility that Hamilton will end up back in Texas after all.  I mean, the attraction of DFW obviously made Yu Darvish choose the Rangers, but still, if it happens, it will be unexpected, considering early signs.  I am secretly (well, not secretly anymore) hoping it does happen.  Hamilton in any other colors would be too weird.  People changing teams confuses me.  Yeah, I’m obviously perfectly suited to being a baseball fan.

Speaking of which?  Michael Young: Stay the hell put.  Remember the kid you made cry when you and JD had a catfight?  Yeah.  That kid is a few years older and probably a few years cuter, too.  Not a good idea to not be a Ranger anymore.  Viral Video Land would have a field day.

Diamond Girl

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Happy Eve-of-Winter-Meetings!

Hello, everyone!  I spent the better part of today defrosting and cutting up frozen peas for my sick fish only for him to give me as near as someone without an eyebrow can to a quizzical eyebrow and be all, “I don’t know what you’re smoking, Emily, but there is no way.”  So I gave up on him and went to Starbucks for a peppermint mocha.  He seems okay now.  Still hasn’t eaten the peas, though.

fish with giants hat

This little guy is a Giants fan, so I’d have to take care of him.

Also, the Winter Meetings start tomorrow, which means all is doubly well.  For those of you who have never taken the time to read my bio a) do it now b) it helpfully informs innocent passersby that the Winter Meetings are my favorite part of the year.  No joke.  I mean, the World Series is pretty rad and all, but seriously, nothing is better than all the heads in baseball getting together to feud and make trades and stuff.

There’s also the inherent hilarity of sending hundreds of media people to hang out in the lobby while the GMs hide out upstairs.  It sounds like the opening to a joke, because… it kind of is.

Us Giants fans will be on the lookout for deals with Pagan and Scutaro, a potential extension on Posey and maybe one for Hunter Pence, although Sabes made it sound like that is only happening in yo dreams, yo.  I don’t reallyatall trust him, though, so I’ll still be in the lookout for it.

Them Rangers are linked to pretty much every big name on the market, because that’s just how JD rolls, so I honestly have no idea what direction they will go.  But they will go one direction.  One Direction.  Get it, guys, get it?

Ahem.

The Josh Hamilton rumor mill is as busy as ever.  My guess is he’ll go to one of 30 teams, but who knows, could be wrong.

Happy Winter Meetings, everyone!

Diamond Girl

p.s.  Stop talking about football, silly people.  Hibernation is looking like an increasingly attractive option.

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A Sense of Inevitability

Nearly 24 hours ago, now, the Giants became World Champions.  It always takes me a little while to collect my thoughts after a game like that, because there is so much to be said.  First of all…

Congratulations to the 2012 San Francisco Giants.

Not only are they World Champions, but they are a group of guys I could not be happier for.  To a man, they are all class acts and the kind of people I want to root for.  This team captured my heart in every way, even more than that 2010 team.  I mean, how on earth could you not be thrilled for Sergio Romo when he got to pitch the last one of the game?  How could you not be elated for Ryan Theriot (THE RIOT) and Marco Scutaro when they combined for the winning run in the 10th inning?

Just a magical, unexpected season – at least to me, maybe some of you wizkids expected it – and it’s still a little surreal to think it’s over.  The most amazing part to me, perhaps, is what Henry Schulman at the Chronicle called “a sense of inevitability” when the Giants had a commanding seven game lead with nineteen left to play.  That phrase stuck with me.  There was a moment when that inevitability began to set in during the regular season and to me, it never quite left.  Even against the wall versus Cincinnati and then against St. Louis.

When #RallyZito hit the scene, it took it to a whole new level: there was no way they could lose.  And they did not let us down.  They did not lose a game after that.  It was not luck.  This was quietly a very, very good team.  The best in the Major Leagues, in fact.

I think I’ll remember this as the postseason of rain, but also for the opponents we faced.  The Reds and Cardinals obviously put up quite a fight and I am sure, even as a Giants fan, the Tigers are better than they played.  See you next year, Motor City, because I have a feeling you’ll be back.

Lastly, I would like to thank all you marvelous people for following along through this season.  It’s always bittersweet when it comes to an end, even though this one is more sweet than bitter.  Still, it’s been a wonderful ride and not least of all for all your comments and tweets.  I am an enthusiastic offseason blogger, though, so you won’t have a chance to miss me.

See you all parading down Market on Wednesday – I will hopefully be a few inches taller than I am now.

Diamond Girl

p.s.  I will never stop using this GIF.

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So, The Giants are Going to the World Series.

If there is a such a thing as an instantly classic moment, this is it. Marco Scutaro and rain and a 9-0 lead in Game 7 of NLCS in the 9th inning.

But there were so many classic moments from last night: Hunter Pence’s hit, which is probably one of the strangest and greatest you will ever seen and the fact that that was the Giants first win of a game seven in the entire franchise history. Entire franchise history. Let that sink in for a moment. In sports, we’re prone to saying, “We just saw history,” all the time, but last night was the real thing and it was glorious. Absolutely glorious.

I can’t quite figure out in my head how the Giants went from being half a game back from the Dodgers at the All Star Break to one of the last two teams standing in 2012, but I know the Dodgers got left in the dust along the way and the Reds and the Cardinals were both defeated with a nice dose of drama.

The World Series starts tomorrow in San Francisco, Barry Zito vs. Justin Verlander.

This pitching matchup has got me more excited than any in a long while and it’s such a testament to how much can change in baseball in a couple of years. I started this blog in May 2010 and was a crazy Barry Zito fan. I learned not to say that too loudly around here, because Giants fans did not like it one bit but I’m very, very happy for him. In the final game of the NLCS last night, Buster Posey was the only starting player who was out there in Game 1 of the 2010 World Series. Strange, magical.

I followed Game 1 of that 2010 World Series on a plane coming home from a couple of weeks in New York and was wearing a pair of truly wonderful boots, which I miss to this day. I also miss that starting lineup a bit, but the great thing about baseball is that if you’re very lucky, just when you think you’ve seen the greatest team you will ever see in your life as a fan, another one comes around. I’m inclined to think we are very lucky.

A few more things, real quick… I like the Tigers. Other than the Rangers, there is no AL team I’d rather be facing in the World Series. Also, MarcoScutarowastheMVPanditwasawesomebecausehetotallydeserveditandheisthebest.

World Series, here we come.

Diamond Girl

p.s. For those of you who followed my blog last postseason, you know there was an extra bit of karma in taking out the Cardinals. Game We Do Not Talk About and all that. Nicely done, Giants. Nicely done.

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Orange and Black Oreos and Marco Scutaro

First, a public service announcement.  Trader Joe’s has Halloween Oreo cookies and they are orange and brown (which, hey, is pretty close to orange and black).  They are absolutely fabulous and they’re also completely Giants-themed, so go out and buy them.  That was the virtual equivalent of telling you all about the secret Louboutin sale, so you’re very welcome.

Now how about last night’s game?  Some aliens who are actually pretty good at baseball seemed to steal the Giants away and play in their stead and it was awesome.  They actually hit and the bullpen was spectacular because this bullpen is just spectacular, period, and Marco Scutaro was the greatest, even when he was kind of crushed at second base.

A word about that… I don’t think it was intentional from Holliday.  It certainly wasn’t a clean play or an ideal play, but it looked like he genuinely slid wrong by accident, to me.  Part of the reason I think that was just that it was a weird slide, it wasn’t what you usually see in a takeout/let’s-play-football! slide.  I still did my Are You Serious eyebrow, because nobody messes with our Marco Scutaro, but I don’t completely blame Holliday.  And retaliation?  I hope not.  I’m not ever for retaliation, frankly, and certainly not in this situation.

In other news, next time I’m in a pool, which I never am because I live in the Bay Area and it’s too damn cold all the time, I am totally playing Marco Scutaro rather than Marco Polo.  Marco Polo did a lot of marvelous things, but nothing as marvelous as Marco Scutaro.

The series is tied and the Giants seem to like playing away from home (which is weird, but whatever), so I’m feeling a whole lot better about tomorrow.  Not tomorrow’s start time – I’m still annoyed about that –  but the game itself?  Yes.  Most definitely yes.

Diamond Girl

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