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I Love U, Ryan Braun: UPDATED

So you all remember that time I carried that sign to the Giants-Brewers game, yes?  Yes.  It is the gift that keeps on giving.  Updated:

Lots of Love U, Ryan Braun3

Bear with my awkward photoshopping.  I didn’t have any coffee until 6 this evening and it was sort of cold and watery.  I’m not in any state to edit photos.

Also, welcome back, Ramon Ramirez!  While the Giants have figured out how to make off with absolutely everyone from the Angel Pagan-Andres Torres-Ramon Ramirez trade, the Mets are, uh, getting a casino.  (Incidentally, where does one get a casino?  Can I get one?  Like, for my living room?)  At least they live in New Yor—haha, but it’s Queens.  So it doesn’t count.  Sorry, guys.  Rough times.

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Yu Darvish’s Rangers-Themed Headphones and Tim Lincecum’s Dog

Happy Cy Young Award day!  It’s a day to celebrate the best pitchers in the game and make some snarky jokes about, ahem, pitchers who are not necessarily the best.  I’ll try to stick to the former category, although you know how hard it is for me.

But yes.  David Price and R.A. Dickey cleaned up for the AL and NL respectively and from the Giants, Matt Cain finished sixth, which is his highest finish for this award yet.  Yu Darvish also got one vote – albeit a fifth place one – which made me ridiculously happy.

Oh, did I also mention that he has Ranger-themed headphones?

I didn’t have a huge stake in the Cy Young Award this year (that is, there wasn’t anyone I was particularly rooting for) so let’s just look at cute photos of Tim Lincecum’s dog Cy and be done with it.

Lastly, the Giants made Jeremy Affeldt’s deal officialofficial today, but it was basically already officialofficial, so no biggie.  Peppermint mochas to all, most especially Dickey and Price who have a lot to be proud of this evening.  Congratulations, gentlemen.

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Dear Giants: My Fab Advice for Things to Do in NYC

I should, by rights, be in a wonderful mood today.  Yesterday worked out pretty smashingly for the Giants and Cain went out and proved that Bumgarner is not the only person in the history of the universe to do well after signing a contract.

But I’m not in a good mood.  Not at all.  I’m in a decidedly glowering mood at the moment.  See, I have an undeveloped sense of appreciation for off days, although I’m sure the players appreciate them loads so I should be happy for them.  And it’s not helping to see all the Giants-related people hitting up New York City.  I have a strong inner New Yorker, in case you haven’t noticed that yet.  I consider it my second home, although I’m not sure that particular feeling is mutual.  I am jealous.  I admit it.  Very, very.

Instead of just glowering though, I am going to try to channel this into something positive.  In honor of the Giants roadtrip, I am featuring my fab advice for things to do in NYC along a few (equally fab) photos of it.  Terrible excuse to something I just want to do?  Heck yes.  But it’s going to be educational and stuff too, so no complaining.  I know most of the Giants have been to the city before, but I bet they’ve never done this stuff.  Consider this my contribution of culture to the team.

5.  Silver Moon Bakery in Manhattan.  It’s a bit out of the way and terribly difficult to spot, even once you’re in the area, but believe me when I say, it is worth it.  Completely.   Dee-lish-us.

4.  Fort Tryon Park in Manhattan.  If you’re a Bay Area-er like me and used to some quiet, open space at arm’s reach, you may go a little crazy in the city.  Central Park is marvelous, but it doesn’t count as open space.  So if you’re willing to trek up the island to Fort Tryon Park, you will be very glad you did.  Trees, paths and a view of the river.  Luv-er-lee.

3.  The Cloisters in Manhattan.  This museum is likely one of the best you will see in your life and it’s in Fort Tryon Park, actually.  Two birds with one stone, as they say.  It is a part of the Met and the building is beautiful and interesting and smells like buttered pastries.  The art is pretty wonderful, too.  But mostly the buttery pastry smell is unmatchable.  Go-there-now.

2.  Central Park Carousel in Manhattan.  Be forewarned, they have beastly hours and are impossible to contact and yes, it’s a tourist trap.  But you will adore it anyway.  Ah-door.

1.  Walk in Manhattan.  Walk the length of the island, if you can.  The subway is glorious, but there’s nothing like just walking up and down and running into designer shops on the East Side and avoiding the seriously scary old ladies who are armed with hand dogs on the West Side.  Bee-ware and in-joy.

By the way, yes, they’re all in Manhattan.  I haven’t quite got Brooklyn et al. down yet.  I am working on, though.  If anyone wants to sponsor my research, don’t be shy.  Give me the plane ticket and things and I will be there in a jiffy.  Jiffy jiffy.

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I feel a bit better now.  Channeling negative energy into positive things is… positive.  Deep philosophy from Diamond Girl for the month.  Take note.

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Eugenio Bitterness, Name Battles and a Little Joey News

I didn’t like Andres Torres, at first.

I saw him- perhaps a little irrationally- as Eugenio Velez’s rival and nothing more.  Every game that Torres played was I game I wanted to see Velez in.  After Rowand was hit by Padilla in Los Angeles (yes, I was there but no, I did not hear the cracking of his skull from where I was sitting) and Velez was slumping pretty impressively in his place, Torres got some more playing time and gradually, I started to fall in love with his game.

I still had a bit of lingering Eugenio-bitterness, but then things heated up and Andres became one of the big faces on the World Series winnin’ franchise and I basically forgot about the rest.

Just about every media source has said this, since the news of his trade last night: it’s hard not to fall in love with him and his game.  He’s fun, magnetic and, sometimes, awfully good as well.

Then there’s Ramon Ramirez.  Any buzz he might have created after his trade to the Giants from Sox Who Wear Red at the 2010 trade deadline was basically extinguished by SF’s other bullpen acquisition at the same time, Javi Lopez.  Even though Ramirez ended that year with a- wait for it- .067 ERA and this year, his ERA was a respectable 2.62, he’s been largely anonymous to Giants fans.  Partially, probably, because his hat sits low on his head so we can never see his face and partially because he’s just not a spotlight player.  He threw me a ball at batting practice one day and struck out somebody I can’t stand, but that’s pretty much the extent of my distinct memories about him.

So that, to make a pretty long story pretty short, is why I met last night’s trade with mixed feelings.  I don’t think Torres or Ramirez are extremely valuable to the Giants organization nor are they irreplaceable, but I’m not convinced Ángel Pagan is anything different.  It seems ever so slightly pointless, a bit like Alderson and Sabes were either both played or both just going straight up, because I don’t think either side really got a whole lot.  Except, of course, that New York filched a reliever along with a center fielder.

Then again, these are the mystical Winter Meetings where GMs are ninjas with secret superpowers, so maybe I have just missed the larger plan/magic at play here.  Maybe it isn’t the moving-right-along-deal it appears to be.

I do have to say, though, that Pagan’s name probably tips out the scales in the Giants favor, as to who got the better end of the deal.  It’ll be much more fun to say, “Ángel Pagan” in center field than “Andres Torres”.  Sorry, Torres.  I love you, just… Pagan has you beat in the name department.

Also!  I have an admission to make: I have been sadly negligent in the whole monitoring-Joey-Martinez’s-career thing.  I searched him last night and discovered that not only was he the MVP of the AAA championship this season, but he also signed a one year deal with the Diamondbacks yesterday. 

The first part is very good news, the second part not so much.  He now has joined the list of Pitchers I Like In Arizona, also including Armando Galarraga (last year- he’s a free agent now).  This means he will be playing against the Giants far too much.  Come on.  Hands off my guys, Kevin Towers.

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Well, So, The Cardinals.

I have avoided talking about the Cards up until now because I had a somewhat irrational belief that if I just ignored them (and, yeah, clicked my heels together and said, “There’s no place like home!”) they would just vaporize into the mist of Eliminated Baseball Teams.

Not so, apparently.

The NLCS is all tied up, 2-2, between St. Louis (I will not call it St. Lulu.  I repeat, I will not call it St. Lulu.) and it’s altogether a lot tighter than I would have expected.  And it’s killing me.

It’s not that I hate St. Louis, because really, they’re a fun team and they beat out the Braves to the wildcard, which is enough to make me love just about anyone.  Rationally, if they beat the Crew, I would sigh and be done with it, after mourning for the disappearance of Axford’s mustache from my TV screen.  But as it is, I can’t stand them at all.

It goes back to ancient history, I think.  Not ancient in the sense of those awesome reliefs from the 8th century, B.C.  Just in the sense of coughcough2006coughcough.

Anyone else remember?  I’m sure you do.  The Mets epic downfall in the NLCS.  What some people called the greatest collapse in the history of everything (that is, Major League Baseball).  I remember that series vividly and the serious case of Baseball Fan Heartbreak that followed.  And then watching the Cardinals go on to the win the World Series?

Not fun.  Not fun at all. 

And that, my friends, is why I can’t bring myself to even marginally like the Cardinals even though I’m sure they’re a totally lovely group of guys.

Well, that and the fact that I am IN BEAST MODE!  Duh!

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