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My Unicorn!

Michael Young is a Phillie.

Despicable Me -  Unicorn GIF

Oh, Despicable Me.

That was how I reacted.  Michael Young was my unicorn in that he was like a fluffy stuffed animal and I was very attached to him and more specifically, attached to him as a Ranger.  That man was a Ranger for a very long time.  “How long, Obi Wan Kenobi?” Luke Skywalker might ask.  “A very long time,” Obi Wan would answer.

Now I get that baseballisabusinessMichaelYoungisstillabaseballplayertheRangershadtodoit and all of that, but I’m still sad.  These made-over Rangers are going to take some time to get used to.  (Mike Napoli in Boston red, what is up with that.)  I wish I had Gru to take me to the amusement park to get a new Michael Young in a Rangers uniform.

I blame Hollywood for giving us kids false perceptions of beauty and false hopes about what happens when our stuffed unicorns are disintegrated.

Diamond Girl

p.s.  Presumably Young had some say/a lot of say in where he landed, yes?  Which would mean that he chose Philadelphia?  But who would willingly choose to live in Philadelphia and be a Phillie?  I bet he and Cliff Lee are going to be besties.

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A Totally Theoretical Cliff Lee

(First a PSA:  If you so happen to write a blog or just be in possession of a computer – which I assume you are, if you’re reading this and you’re not an alien reading it on a cool, futuristic bot thing – don’t try at home what I’m doing right now.  That is, balancing a laptop and an extremely full and extremely hot mug of orange tea.  However, getting this tea will change your life, so I do recommend that.)

Anyhow, I spent yesterday at the beach, mediating on the meaning of life and singing Western States Motel songs at the top of my lungs and when I got home, it was all Giants game time.  It did not disappoint.  I mean, it did in some ways, but the team did what we’ve come to expect over the past several weeks and they pulled out a win, even though Madison was not nearly at his best and even though it took a million and one relief pitchers.  They didn’t tear it up with the bats, either, but in case I’ve failed to mention it before, 2-1 games are my very most favoritest.  (Yes, I am of the opinion that for every time we shave a number off of the magic number, I get to use another made-up word.)  2-1 where the Giants win, of course.

It’s a strange time around Major League Baseball, with the second wildcard – which. is. not. wild. – weirdness and all sorts of teams that are in no way, shape or rational form in contention being… in contention.  I feel like if I were (totally theoretically) on one of those teams I would feel a little trippy about this whole thing.  “Man, we’re 74-74 and we might get into the playoffs?  Duuuude,” says Totally Theoretical Cliff Lee.

Or maybe the players aren’t saying that kind of things at all.  Maybe they’re too busy sending flowers to Bud Selig to talk about that stuff.

My tea is completely cold by now, so that’s probably my cue to end this.  Terribly excited for the game tonight.  Isn’t this playoff race wondrous in that it’s not totallycompletely a race anymore?  I did not enjoy this part of the 2010 season at all.  We have a little more wiggle room right about now.  And it’s magical.  (Inside.  Outside.  Everywhere.)

Diamond Girl

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Why You Should All Be Getting a Goldfish, Pronto

For those of you who are not on Twitter (first of all, congratulations on actually having a life) things get a little crazy around the Trade Deadline.  It’s very, very easy to start a rumor over there and significantly harder to prove whether or not it’s true.  Also, us news-starved fans really want to believe that every Josh-Hamilton-to-the-Giants-for-a-minor-league-second-baseman rumor is true even if we know, not even that deep down, that it’s most definitely not.

So last night, the sports director for KPIX TV which is, apparently, our local CBS affiliate, tweeted that he had a source confirming a Hunter Pence to the Giants deal.  CSN’s Andrew Baggarly retweeted it and the rest is history.  Long story short, it appears that the story has no truth to it and no one was even sure, for a while, that the original Twitter account was legitimately connected to KPIX.  It seems that the account was real, just the news was not, but the whole thing was infinitely confusing.

Looks legit, no?

It was also a bad cap to an even worse weekend for the Giants fandom.  Being swept by the Dodgers is always bad, but at home, in the end of July, with a slim division lead is seriously pretty terrible. It’s also a matter of being so close to the Trade Deadline, I think, because this series is not indicative of the Giants in general, but this is a moment when everyone wants to gauge their team – the strengths, the weaknesses.  Ideally, we’d look back over the whole season and get a sense of where we are and who we are, but the world is not ideal and the microscope naturally falls on what’ s happening right this moment.  With so much up in the air and Pablo Sandoval and Hector Sanchez injured (by the way, my view on the impact of Sanchez being on the DL has morphed, because the repercussions have made it a bigger deal than I expected), it’s hard not to feel like the team has to do loads, right this moment.

Which is why “waivers” is rapidly becoming my new favorite word.  Because the Trade Deadline isn’t the be all end all, remember?

Also, just like your Facebook friend who says her life is absolutely awesome, your Twitter friend who says the Giants are absolutely trading for completely-awesome player might just be lying.  Or misinformed.  But probably lying, because we’re baseball fans and we’re pessimists.

My advice is to get a hobby like tending goldfish or basket-weaving because this is kind of insanity-inducing if you get too into it.  Goldfish, on the other hand, are lovely little creatures who are not concerned with CBAs and ownership approval.

Diamond Girl

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Just a Quick Note to Say…

(Also, Matt Cain homered in today’s ongoing game.  Then Cole Hamels homered.  It’s been a pretty homer-ific handful of days over here.  Though living in an alternate LA reality as I am, I tend to doubt any of it really happened.)

Diamond Girl

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Sweeping the Astros Has Upsides and Downsides, Evidently

So, this happened.

The Giants have started off the second half with a bang, sweeping the non-pesky Astros in a three game series and taking hold of first place over the also non-pesky Dodgers.  That would make me happy under any circumstances but since I am heading down to Los Angeles for a family event later this week, it’s pretty much put me in full on the-world-is-a-beautiful-place-and-I-love-absolutely-everyone mode.  (Sweeping the Astros has upsides and downsides, evidently.)  Family event, see, means lots of Dodger fans.  Lots of Dodger fans.  Dodger fans everywhere.  (In addition to a lone Mariners fan, but he’s irrelevant.)  It is, therefore, of the utmost importance that the Giants hold on to a tidy division lead through my trip there so I can quietly – or non-quietly, as the case may be – gloat.

It sure looks like they will.  They’re not doing everything or blowing the competition out the water, but they’re doing enough of the little things right.  They’re playing neater baseball and Tim Lincecum came through in a huge way last night, in what might have been a start for his spot.  Bochy, in typical Bochy fashion, was oblique about what would have happened if he’d struggled, but he’s staved that off, if only for a little while.  Hector Sanchez one again proved his affection for walk-off hits and although Melky Cabrera is on paternity leave, the rest of the team actually hit.  Enough to score runs.  Enough to win games.  It’s been a pretty fab second half so far.

On Tuesday, East Coast Roadtrip 2.0 will get started, with the Giants hitting Atlanta and Philly.  In the visiting-them sense, but also, hopefully, in the hitting-off-of-them sense.  Since East Coast Roadtrip 1.0 was pretty much a disaster all around, there’s a lot riding on this one.  Although there’s obviously a while to go until the postseason, pulling ahead in July can big indeed later on.  Three in a row is making good things look pretty possible at the moment.

I told you I was spouting optimism.  I better go before I start reminiscing fondly of the days when Miguel Tejada and Aaron Rowand peppered the Giants field.  I was reminded of them when I experimented with MLB the Show ’11 yesterday and played as the Grizzlies against the ’11 Giants.  Let’s just say a Grizzly I’d never heard of took Tim Lincecum deep into the Allegheny River beyond PNC Park.  Video games are strange.  And no, I’m do not really have fond memories of Miguel Tejada and Aaron Rowand.  Not even close.  Even this breed of optimism has limits.

Diamond Girl

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