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(Yet) Another Open Letter to Bud Selig

Back when I had copious amounts of hair, of course.

Dear Bud Selig,

First of all, I would like to note that our conversations have been feeling a little one-sided lately.  That’s a nice way of saying, Why the heck have you stopped answering my letters?  I put them on lilac-scented paper and everything.  Still, no answers.  I don’t mind you knowing that I feel like you’re blocking me out and that’s pretty hurtful.  Just answer me, okay?  If you’ve forgotten how to mail letters like everyone else in the 21st century, just get your assistant to do it or whatever.

To the point:  I’ve always been annoyed by the process of releasing the next season’s schedule at this time of year.  Kind of random.  Kind of right in the middle of the pennant race.  Or the wild card race.  Or the second wildcard race.  Pennant race is such a passé phrase these days.

But even if you’re going to release them now, why make them so controversial?  Now you may not understand why I find this controversial, but then again, you adore Interleague Play and as you know, I don’t.  So yes, I do find it controversial.  Bordering on offensive.

I used to be able to bear all the Interleague Play kookiness because it ended swiftly, before any of the real stuff kicked off after the All Star Break.  No longer.  Wikipedia and probably you too rationalized it with some mathematical stuff about the Astros moving to the American League necessitating Interleague Play being everywhere all the time, but I don’t really buy it.  “This will force interleague play throughout the season,” it says.  Really?  Force?

I mean, if you must, make the whole first half of the season Interleague, but then stop it there.  Seriously.  And if you’re going to mess with nature – I mean, scheduling – then why not make an effort to make the final month of the season mostly games playing within the division.  Because that’s pretty exciting.  More exciting than the Cubbies and the Mariners facing off in the Saddest Event Since Eli Whiteside Face the Guy With the 10.30 ERA.

(Sure, the Cubbies are going to win the World Series in the next four years.  But probably not next year.  Even Theo Epstein’s magic has some limitations.)

Well, I’ve spouted off long enough.  We actually have some important, non-Interleague games to play, and the Rockies were eliminated from division title contention last night, which just solidified my standing invitation to Dan O’Dowd for tea at my place.  He still hasn’t taken me up on it yet, but maybe when the sting of the elimination wears off…?

Anyhow, get back to me ASAP.  Thanks.

xoxo,

Diamond Girl

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Who Are These People and What Have They Done With the Giants? – Answered!

So the thing about aliens is that they are generally very friendly, if you give them a chance, and they will stare at you with oversized eyes and glowing blue faces which is all very sweet.  But they also like to, well, snatch humans.  And replace them with aliens.  It’s weird, really, seeing humans have never snatched aliens and replaced them with humans but hey, I do not pretend to understand the thought process of aliens [Hollywood].

My point?  The aliens took pity on us and by us, I mean Giants fans.  They saw the team’s sufferings and the fact that we were going to break all sorts of horrible records with the whole nothittinghomersever thing.  So they turned in their oversized eyes and glowing blue faces for spikes and unis and stole away the San Francisco Giants.  And started hitting homers very promptly.  Lots and lots.  Eight in the last four games.  Three in a row for Brandon Belt.  Homers to deep-part-of-the-park-where-no-one-hits-them-but-now-fake-Melky-did.  I say fake Melky because, as you will remember, he’s actually a blue alien pretending to be Melky.

Yeah.

It was a little disturbing to me at first and kind of made me afraid for the zombie apocalypse (because all sorts of sci-fi characters kind of meld together in my head – zombies?  Aliens?  Same thing!) and I missed the real Brandon Belt, the one who is a Baby Giraffe and doesn’t hit homers, but then I adjusted.  Fast.  Because I like home runs.  We all like home runs.  And aliens are friendly, if you’re nice to them.  So there’s really no problem.  I can live with this.

I do wonder, though, if they’ve also replaced the pitchers…?  Because if so, I’m looking forward to seeing Alien Timmy tonight.  That should be fun.

Diamond Girl

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Lopsided Eyebrows and Wide, Wide Smiles

Interleague Play has kicked off in earnest, with the Rangers and the Giants facing off in San Francisco this weekend.  It’s been an interesting series, to say the least, with Texas taking Game 1 by a final of 5-0 and San Francisco winning today, 5-2.  Last night also marked the Rangers first win ever at AT&T Park, in their twelfth game here.  Personally, I credit that to our vastly peculiar weather (did you see the Rangers huddled up in jackets in their dugout, looking completely shell-shocked?), but it also could have been a voodoo curse or the fact that even Jon Daniels’ magnificence takes a while to kick in and the Rangers, aside from the World Series, haven’t played here all that recently.   Maybe a voodoo curse is the most likely theory, after all.

Anyway, I am loving the matchup… AL vs. NL always is strange and fun (and no, the All Star game does not count) and that crazy game up in Seattle was another example of that.  The Mariners, bless their most-hipster-city-in-the-nation hearts, no-hit the Dodgers, using a total of six pitchers.  In San Francisco, there was nothing that wacky but that leadoff homer from Kinsler had my eyebrows a little lopsided and the fact that the Giants were shut out for the first time this year was also, probably, somewhat telling.

The other weird thing is just that, with a few exceptions, there seems to be much more goodwill to go around, during Interleague Play.  Maybe it’s that we won’t play these people again, barring the World Series, but the fans and broadcasters both seem much more willing to compliment the opposing team.  Seriously, there’s been so much Ranger admiration flying in Giantsland that it is kind of making me suspicious.  I mean, I love ‘em too.  Just not sure why Giants people seem so doting.

About that no-hitter, though, doesn’t that seem like lots of fun?  I mean, I’m sure for the starting pitcher who didn’t get to finish it due to injury, it wasn’t all that fun at all, but in general, no-hitters feel like a bit of a solitary achievement, even though the offense and defense are absolutely involved.  I think as a fan, seeing the whole bullpen come together to pull that off would be quite marvelous.  I can’t get into the heads of the (hipster) Mariners fan, so I can’t be sure, but that was my thought.

Overall, I think the Giants seem to be coming into their own, in a peculiar way.  The loss of Melky Cabrera for this series is a painful one, but Pablo’s return is so smile-worth it is not even funny.  The pitching is really as stellar as it’s supposed to be and the offense is beginning to step up.

They’re now 4 back from the first-place Dodgers (scoreboard watching?  Heck yes.), who played again in Seattle tonight and won.  The rubbermatch is tomorrow.  Let’s have a resounding, “Go Mariners!” can we?!

Diamond Girl

p.s.  Can the Josh Hamilton drug jokes please die?  Hamilton is a grown man and he did what he did.  From what I’ve read, he takes the jokes and the criticism alike in stride, but that doesn’t mean we should all do it.  The people in front of me at the Coliseum the other day had a running stream of them and during this Giants series, it’s been the same way.  What’s so very funny about recovering from drug addiction is foreign to me, not to mention, the whole taking-the-high-road thing.  Hamilton is a really, truly brilliant athlete and ballplayer and probably the best hitter in the in the game this year.  I would be more than happy to talk about that.

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Conditional Statements and Sun Power

The first batch of catchers and pitchers reported to sun-filled Arizona today!  Since it’s the Mariners, I figure this is probably the most sun they’ll see all season, so they should suck it up and work on those tans pronto, if you ask me.  It’s rather grey and dreary here in California, but I am basically sun-powering the whole city right now because I am soexcitedIcouldaboslutelyburst.  Like, soexcitedIcouldabsolutelyburst.

During the offseason, it’s all speculation and a mix of tremendous optimism and tremendous pessimism.  Then as we get really close to Spring Training and everything, that converts to mostly just optimism.  Because, as we all remember, baseball is fun whether or not you’re winning.  As long you’re not being beaten by a) the Padres, b) the Dodgers OR c) the Phillies, then all is completely well.  Or fill in your hated teams of choice in those spots.  Baseball is usually fun, I’ll say.  Except when the Giants are playing the Brewers or Rangers and my loyalties get all mixed up.

Can anyone say, “conditional statement” right now?!

Anyhow, the point is:  baseball is almost here.

We have almost survived the offseason.  (And if you haven’t, hello up there in heaven.  I’m glad to see they have good WiFi up there.)  Don’t ask how Tigger and Piglet apply to this situation.  They just do.

Diamond Girl

p.s.  How could I celebrate this fabulous day without some cupcakes?  If you answered, “You couldn’t!” then you are absolutely right.  Congratulations, you get a virtual cupcake as your prize.  And they’re even pink-ish for Valentine’s Day.  I am in love.  (With them.)

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Why Do Heels at Baseball Games Get Such a Bad Rap? And Why Are Fans So Distrustful of Each Other’s Fandom?

Andrew Baggarly said it best:  “Giants lose 1-0 to Seattle. Let’s take that 2:28 game time and stick it in the Xerox machine.”   ‘Nuff said about today’s game.  Why is there so much interleague play in Spring Training, anyway?

On another note… it’s International Women’s Day.  I don’t really know why women need a day (isn’t every day sort of International Women’s Day?), but I hope you are all enjoying it.

I actually started writing this before I saw what day it is but now it seems even more relevant.  Why do high heels at baseball games get such a bad rap?

Reasons I Have Read:

*You can’t walk up flights of stairs in them

*They get dirty

*They look trashy

*You’re just doing it to get attention

*And mostly, you couldn’t be a real baseball fan

Those are all false/not good reasons to give ‘em a bad rap.

*You can’t walk up flights of stairs in them

Well, yes, actually, I can.

*They get dirty

Yes, they do.  I ruined a pair of white shoes when someone spilled Coke on them at Dodger stadium.  But that happens at parties too.  Occupational hazard of wearing clothes or shoes is that they will get wear and tear.

*They look trashy

That depends on the heels.  Not all heels are trashy.

*You’re just doing it to get attention

I think we all dress to get attention, subconsciously.  I think I dress to look nice.  But yes, there is an attention thing in there somewhere.

*And mostly, you couldn’t be a real baseball fan

And why not?  Just because some people like wearing a giant team sweatshirt and 100 year old sneakers doesn’t make them a real fan.  If I wear a trench and scarf and skirt and heels, that doesn’t make me a real fan.  But it doesn’t make me a fake fan either.  It’s not really about the clothes at all. The fact is that I am not a tomboy and I never have been.  I have always been a formal dresser and I like heels 365 days a year.  So will I wear that to a baseball game?  Yes.  That implies nothing about my level of interest of understanding of the game. 

I would also just like to say that women who brag that they can talk stats as much as any man drive me crazy.  If you can, all the power to you.  I just don’t think it needs to be relative.  Some women like baseball, some men like baseball.  Some women don’t like baseball, some men don’t like baseball.  Personally, plenty of women and man can out-stat me.  But I live and breathe and eat baseball (You know.  Not literally.  Do you know what those things are made of?) and I love learning about it.  That’s the kind of fan that I am.

The bottom line is that fans are fans.  We all like different things about the game.  We all dress differently.  I wish fans could be a little more comfortable with that.  It’s 2011, beautiful people.

I’m curious to hear everyone’s opinions on this.  The questions in the title are really questions.  Those are just my two cents.

Diamond Girl

p.s.  Disclaimer: The only thing this does not apply to is people who call AT&T Park Pacbell Park.  You are a certified fake fan (not to mention – sorry but it’s true -a  moron) if you call it that.

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