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Sit Back, We’ve Got This – Love, The San Francisco Giants

83rd MLB All Star Game is in the books and what an All Star Game it was.  It was basically the Sit Back, We’ve Got This – Love, The San Francisco Giants Game and it couldn’t have been more fun to sit back and watch.  For us fans and for everyone else on the NL squad.  Not that Ryan Braun didn’t put on a bit of a show (remember his completely unnecessarily dramatic catch in ’09?  No?  You’re not the president of the Ryan Braun Fan Club like I am?) and combined, the National League pitchers held the explosive American League lineup scoreless, which is pretty darn impressive.

Still, it was the Giants night.  Maybe it was inspired by Sandy Alderson’s, ahem, well-thought out comments or maybe they just do well in Kansas City.  Buzzing Selig.  We need the AL Central in Interleague Play next season.

The music was all country and all atrocious, I had the unsquashable urge to yell “Clown question, bro,” every time Bryce Harper poked his head onto the screen and my belief that pinstripes are the most fab uniform ever was affirmed when Jeter and Cano and Granderson took the field.  I was also wearing borderline pinstripes of my own.  I think the people at H&M are secretly Yankee fans because they sell loads of clothes with pinstripes and then how can I possibly resist buying them?  (I can’t, in case you’re wondering.)

Home field advantage is now safely resting on the NL side for 2012 and I can’t lie, this whole All Star break has got me craving the postseason.  And autumn food.  Pumpkins and cinnamon and… yeah.  Mostly the playoffs, not the food, trust me.

Also!  For those of you who have read this blog when the Marlins are in town (if you haven’t, catch up here), you know the whole “Marlins and the trout” thing.  I swore it off after repeating it, oh, five thousand times but when Sergio Romo tweeted this photo yesterday from his Tahoe vacay, I couldn’t resist.

See, according to Sean Parker logic, people don’t hang a photo of themselves with a trout over their fireplace – they want to show off the 20 ton marlin or whatever.  Since Twitter is a virtual over-your-fireplace, my world = shaken.  Because this picture is him with a trout.  People aren’t supposed to want to display that.  Just excuse me while I reorient my world view.  I’ll be back tomorrow.

Diamond Girl

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Chill The Heck Out, 2.0 and the Lowdown on Dem Seagulls

First of all, happy belated to Madison!  His pitching makes me happy, first inning meltdowns and all.  I hope he had a lovely day.

Now on to what Twitter is generously calling the #majorfunk.  And well, no, that is not how we wanted to start what may be the Biggest Series of August.  Then again, Cainer’s bad day was 5 earned runs over 5.2 innings (could be worse, right?) and Cody made a what-could-be-a-fluke-but-I-hope-not-pitch to continue leading off.  Aubrey hit a home run, too.  This time I am really truly not saying anything about this being a sign of him snapping out of anything.

Still, basically, the offense did things.  Which they do not usually do.  The Diamondbacks had one big inning and that was that.  That, people, is not a Major Funk.

This is a transition time of year- into the beginnings of stretch run baseball- as well as for the team who has a bunch of new people in the lineup.  It would be fabulous if they could have all come in and torn it up in their new home, but the standings on August 2nd are just that: the standings on August 2nd.  Give me two more against these Diamondbacks.  Then I may be panicking.  Or, hopefully, saying “I told you so”.  Time will tell.

And what can I really say about the Zito “injury”?  Just that this video of him explaining something that really may or may not exist makes me pretty darn sad.

Before I go, I’m going to let you in on a little secret.  Something I’m afraid to say, actually.  Remember, eh, Timmy’s August last year?   Oh, you blissfully blocked out that memory?  Then we have nothing to worry about.  Right?  Right.  But yeah.  I’m a little jittery.

Diamond Girl

p.s.  Did you read about the potential falcon that the Giants are thinking of installing at the ballpark to scare away the seagulls?  I am way more excited about that than I should be.  I love falcons.  Then again, it seems like a bit of a round-about way to scare Dem Seagulls away.  And would one falcon really have that effect?  I need to dig out my over-abundance of bird-books from my bird-obsessed childhood.  I also think it might make CSN mad, because they do absolutely endless little features about the seagulls.  Now how would they fill the air time?  Things to consider, Giants.  Things to consider.

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30 Reasons I, Usually a Giants Fan, am Rooting for the Rangers in the World Series

I am confirming the rumors circulated by TMZ for the past few days.  I am indeed rooting for the Rangers in the World Series.  Normally, they’re my AL team and the Giants are my NL team and there’s not a problem, but since they are now matched up, I’ve had to choose.  And while I have loyalties with both, I’ve realized I am really rooting for the Rangers.  Because my orange and black co-conspirators may have a hard time understanding why, I’ve come up with 30 reasons. 

 

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30.  Elvis Andrus has a hair related superstition going, but his hair still looks good.

29.  “It’s Time” is easier and quicker to say than “It’s Magic Inside”.

28.  In contrast to Halloween colors, no one will think I’m celebrating a holiday if I wear blue and red.

27.  I like saying y’all.

:: Diamond Girl thinks, Did I really commit to writing 30 of these?  Is it too late to go and edit the title to 20 or better yet, 15?::

26.  CJ Wilson is the best dressed MLB player and he has the best hair in MLB to boot.

25.  Ron Washington gets so into it and he gives good postgame interviews.

24.  Fans of other teams who are taking sides are all siding with the Giants and you know me, I dig the underdog.

23.  Bengie is in Arlington.  I love Bengie, duh, I love the Rangers.

24.  And okay, yes, J.D. has something to do with it too.

23.  Their closer does not have hideous facial hair.

22.  And for that matter, neither does their bullpen.

21.  And Ian Kinsler has a nice haircut.

20.  But my choices are not as influenced by hair as I may be leading you to believe.

19.  Because I love Nolan Ryan too.  And he has hardly any hair at all.  So there.  ::Diamond Girl nods proudly to herself.::

18.  I hate the term “good backstory” being used about baseball players, but if anyone has one, Josh Hamilton does.  And it ain’t rodeo clown related.

17.  And yes, I have moments where I feel like a traitor.  And yes, it has something to do with the betrayed look my family has taken to giving me.  (Kidding.  They are all very sweet about it.  And my father and sister are rooting for the Rangers too.)

16.  And okay, yes, J.D. has something to do with it too.

15.  The name, as I have stated in previous posts, makes me think of Aragorn and by extension, Lord of the Rings.  I will never root against anyone or anything that makes me think of Aragorn and by extension, Lord of the Rings.

14.  Neftali Feliz is a beautiful name.  I like names that are fun to say and pretty to write.  But that does not make me an un-serious fan.

13.  Everything is a first in Arlington right now.  How awesome and incredible is that to watch?  It’s not like they’re facing the Yankees (yes, I know that’s impossible since they’re both in the AL, I’m just using the example) but the Giants were in a World Series just eight years ago.  Seems like nothing compared to what them Texans have gone through.

12.  They’re a gorgeously strong team.  Coming out of the weak AL West, where they would have only needed to be a few games over .500 to make the playoffs, they beat the Rays and the Yanks which is no small feat.

11.  It can never be said too many times:  the antlers rule.

10.  And so does the claw.  New easiest way to make a San Franciscan angry is to give them the claw.

9.  And okay, yes, J.D. has something to do with it too.

8.  The giant smiles on Josh Hamilton’s face when the team is doing well should be enough to convert anyone.

7.  And who can root against Vladdy?  (Answer:  No one.)

6.  Because they sprayed ginger ale on Hamilton and CJ.  I love that.  I adore that.  That joins the list of Things that Rule.

5.  The Rangers are in the spotlight.  Can’t ignore something like that, now can we?

4.  Boy gets drafted.  Nobody likes boy.  Boy goes to Japanese league.  Everyone likes boy.  Boy goes to Texas Rangers and pitches incredibly.  Boy goes to World Series.  Boy is named Colby Lewis. 

3.  Formerly bankrupt people always come out on top.  Kind of.  Sort of.  Well, in this case.  They have almost come out on top.

2.  And okay, yes, J.D. has something to do with it too.

1.  ‘Cause It’s Time.  And y’all can’t argue with that.

 

 

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Who is now a Ranger fan?

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The Diamond Girl Award

Most of you probably know that I love closers.  They are players who work under extreme pressure and throw upwards of 100 mph.  They are the one and only on their team.  They are glorified and vilified in the same week.  They are generally the weirdest off the field, as well.  What’s not to love?

So here’s my question: why is there no award for closers?  We have the Cy Young Award (for starting pitchers), Silver Slugger (for hitters), Golden Glove (for fielders), various awards for relievers… but nothing for closers.  (Incidentally- why are the sluggers silver and the gloves gold?)  Is that offensive or what?  (If you know of an award and I am incorrect, please do tell me.)

Here’s my proposal: The Diamond Girl Award.  It would be an annual award to honor the best closer in the game- one in the AL, one in the NL.  It could be voted on, the same way as the Cy Young award or maybe it would be fan-voted, like the All-Stars. We can work out the details later.

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 The big difference between this award and others in baseball is that the announcement would be much more exciting.  In every other industry there’s a ceremony with an, “And the ______ goes to…” so why don’t we have that in baseball?  I can just picture it.  We’d  have, say, 10 nominees from each league and it there would be tons of suspense.  It would be nationally televised and the ratings would be huge.  And I would get to present the awards.  At least for the first year.

So who would you nominate to get the award this year?  The first commenter to guess who I would give it to wins a virtual hug. 

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