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The Kaleidoscope Team

Well.  Wow.  What to say?  It was just me and my dad at home when the Giants clinched but we had the radios on in my room, his office and the room in between so that we wouldn’t miss a moment while we walked back and forth.  And there was lots of hugging and a few tears (those were mine) when the Giants clinched.  I was actually pretty mellow the whole game, surprising for me and I did not flatiron my hair or make brownies, though I did chew an undisclosed amount of gum.  Those are my three ways of dispelling nervous energy- what are yours?  I will need them a lot in these coming weeks.

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I adore this photo.  Just had to include it.

Of all the fantastic articles and great quotes published in the last 24 hours, this part of Andrew Baggerly (San Jose Mercury News) was my favorite by far…

For the first time since 1971, the Giants clinched a postseason berth with a victory in their final regular-season game; Juan Marichal pitched a five-hit complete game that day at old San Diego Stadium to make the Giants NL West champions.

“Yeah, but he didn’t hit a triple,” said Jonathan Sanchez, chin raised.

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I think that triple was so perfect for the last game of the year and the clincher because it really speaks volumes about the team.  I’ll admit, it always worries me when a hit by the pitcher or Aaron Rowand, for example, wins the game.  Because I wonder, If we’re relying on these unreliable hitters to win, what will happen when they do the expected, and get out?  I’ve basically come to terms with just being how the teams is and it works.  My new name for the 2010 Giants is “The Kaleidoscope Team”.  The definition I got on the internet for kaleidoscope is, “a complex pattern of constantly changing colors and shapes.”  Isn’t that so the Giants?

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I’ve also always marveled at how much a team comes to resemble its city, though most of the players and coaches are not even from the city.  But the Giants are just like San Francisco; diverse, a little quirky, but at the same time successful and classy.  The Yankees are a lot like NYC.  No explanation needed, on that.

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Corny as it may be to include a photo of the Golden Gate Bridge, a giant red bridge is kind of indicative of this beautiful city.

I’m proud of being a fan of the kaleidoscope team and living in the kaleidoscope city.  Let’s take this show on the road and display to the world how San Fran does things.

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What Timmy Did Right and Why I Don’t Like Catchers

I am counting the days ’til the Giants champagne party when they clinch the Division Title.  It’s coming, I feel it in my Ellen-Page-inspired-bangs, which never lie.  Rangers v. Giants World Series, too.  I’m calling it.

I don’t want to give you all the impression that I’m hair obsessed… but I am, a little bit.  (::Cue image of me flat-ironing my hair for an hour and staring at pictures in Elle magazine::)  So you know Tim Lincecum has been pitching exceptionally well this month, in serious contrast to his August performance.  People are saying that is because he’s gone back to his long-toss program, but I notice his hair is looking a lot better.  Which would, of course, mean that he stopped using the blowdryer.

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Before (July 2010):  Hair looks frizzy and blow-dried

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After (September 2010): Hair looks smooth and air-dried

As I mentioned in my previous post, linked to above, the negative impact of using a blow-dryer is the stress on the wrist, which could be problematic for his pitching.

By the way, I’ve discovered my excuse for not being a giant Buster Posey fan: I’m just not that into catchers.  I love Bengie and JoPo but I’ve just never become a huge fan of a catcher.  Here’s why:  I can’t see their faces.  This isn’t about nice eyes or eyebrows, it’s more just watching them mentally go through the game.  I started thinking about this because of what Jane Heller said in her book, Confessions of the She-Fan, about why she liked baseball as opposed to football or hockey and she said because of the lack of gear.  One of my favorite plays in the game, actually, is a catcher’s throw down to 2nd base and the catcher often rips off his mask before making that throw.

Am I crazy?  I’m very curious to hear other people’s opinions.

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