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Why AT&T Park Needs a Garden, Why Belt Should Stay Down and On Painting Andres Torres’s Toenails and Confessing to Pat Burrell

My father called this little news piece to my attention yesterday.  It’s a nice idea, but I initially didn’t understand it and thought it meant something else.  Let me explain.

I love things that grow.  If your store has potted plants, I will buy everything you sell.  Even maxi skirts.  I hate maxi skirts.  But I love plants.  This photo from Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook page (yes, I stalk Zuck.  Your point is?) is of a restaurant with a tree in the middle.  I drooled.

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So when I read the article about the Mariners promotion, I initially thought, They’re asking people to bring soil to start a garden at the stadium?  That. Is.  So. Beyond. Great.

They’re actually giving away soil.  But now the idea is in my head.  It could be a little vegetable garden.  I’m sure they could get volunteers to take care of it and the players could all have a plant they sort of sponsor.  Like “Pat Burrell’s Pumpkin” and “Javier Lopez’s Tomatoes”.  You know.  Stuff like that.  It would add a slightly rustic vibe to the park and have some benches.  It would be slightly enclosed, like the mini diamond for toddlers at AT&T Park and you’d obviously have to have a ticket to the game to go in it.   Things that grow make every space a little nicer to be in.  You’d just have to figure out how to keep the seagulls out.  Good luck on that.

The Giants are hitting some bumps in the road in various areas of their play and this is sort of a bad time for that.  I mean, there are worse times like during a pennant race in September, but this is a bit of an end-of-Spring-Training nightmare.

And there’s the whole Brandon Belt thing.

I personally think Belt will the start the season in AAA, and rightly so.  As far as I can tell, the 2011 team has been built without the idea that Belt will be a defining factor.  Sabean signed a first baseman for three more years in the offseason.  I’m sure he projects Belt contributing- perhaps even majorly- this year and certainly 2012/13, but the team is just structured to work without him, I think.  And two relatively minor injuries shouldn’t change that.  There are many, many internal options and I don’t think it would hurt Belt to see a few more weeks/months in AAA.  It feels ever so slightly panicky to put him on the Opening Day roster.

Of course, Opening Day roster is the roster for one day.   The next day, it can change.  It’s more symbolic.  And symbolically, I think it’s better for Belt not to be there.

And the Neftali Feliz saga?  No comment.  ::shakes head::

Diamond Girl

p.s.  Just checked out the Giants 2011 commercials.  It’s an interesting campaign.  Sort of taps into every fan’s daydreams.  But do you remember that “I’m a Mac and I’m a PC” commercial where PC talks about capturing a family vacation with a pie chart and Mac says, “I feel like I was there!” ?  That was sort of my reaction (watch what I’m talking about here at 3:07).  Then again, if anyone gave me that chance to paint Andres Torres’s toenails, I would so do it.  Confess to Pat Burrell?  Not so much.

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When Life Throws You a Curveball, Pretend It’s a Zito Curveball.

It’s not like I’ve just gotten any huge, swooping curveballs.  Just a few sneaky ones.  So I was repeating that title in my head when I started sifting through seven hours of tweets yesterday afternoon and started seeing things about Brian Wilson.  Not good things.  Bad things.  Potentially terrible things.  In three words: strained left oblique.

A variety of things went through my head:

Charlie Sheen curse!

Bruce Bochy is nervous?  ::stomach sinks::

What is an oblique anyway?

It wouldn’t be baseball without adversity.

It’s true.  Pretend they’re Barry Zito curveballs or your fill-in-the-blank-with-your-favorite-curveball-throwing-pitcher-of-choice. 

I kind of think the Giants should trade for Feliz (panic move, I know.  This is just going through options in worst-case-scenario.) because last time the Giants traded with the Rangers it turned our pretty darn good for San Fran.  And I’m honestly a little scared for Feliz.  Does Nolan Ryan have a knife to his back, or something?  His sudden enthusiasm about starting is so creepy that I have stopped reading the stories about it.  Maybe Ryan or JD made a really convincing Powerpoint illustrating all the things he could buy with a starter’s salary?  Is there even such a thing as a convincing Powerpoint?  I’ll get back to you about that one.

Anyhow.  The reality is that the Giants have been killing it this Spring Training largely minus Wilson.  The regular season is different, obviously, and they really need that closer, but there are a million other strong links in the team (well, 24, actually).  Remember why they were so successful last year?  No superstars.  People who stepped up when you least expect it.

Now get that blood pressure down, eat some coffee ice cream (I just had some.  Homemade.  Be jealous.) and get a good night’s sleep.  Sweet dreams, y’all.

Diamond Girl

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The Best Hair Crown Just Went Bye-Bye


The first round of Spring Training cuts happened today and though I am a Hinshaw fan, I have to admit I wasn’t sad for this to happen.  It means we’re a little closer to this whole strange thing that is Spring Training being over.

Spring Training freaks me out because if the team does well, I have this, The teams that do well in Spring Training don’t do well in the real season feeling.  And if the team does badly, it’s all What’s wrong with them?!  They’re going to be terrible!  I am excited about how good the Giants have been so far, but I’m a little tentative.  Not getting my hopes up.  Much.

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CJ Wilson’s new(ish) Twitter profile picture.

You know how in Alice in Wonderland, after the final battle, the crown goes flying from the Red Queen’s head to the White Queen’s and then the Cheshire Cat appears (you can see it at 6:45 here)?  I need someone with evaporating skills to help me with that. 

So.  I need a new Best Hair King.  And I’m taking votes on these three candidates.

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1.  Barry Zito, San Francisco Giants

2.  Gio Gonzalez, Oakland A’s

3.  Neftali Feliz, Texas Rangers (who, for the record, has the best curls ever)

Takin’ votes down there in the comments.  If you vote, I will send you some Aussie hairspray.  Maybe.  Potentially.  Perhaps.

Diamond Girl

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