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HeyLets Talk Spots to Watch a Game

I’m already getting jittery for tonight’s game.  I will probably make myself a vanilla Italian soda and curl up in my living room with the television and cross my fingers and hope for a magical unicorn to come and save the day for the Giants.  But for those of you who are not as anti-social about baseball as I am, I thought today would be a good day to get into the best spots to watch games.  My favorites:

Right around the stadium, there are the usual suspects: The Public House, which is nestled pretty much inside the park, but also accessible from outside.  It’s packed to the brim during games, but the energy is as intense as it is inside, so it’s pretty crazy and a lot of fun.  Down the street, there’s the always wonderful hole-in-the-wall, Red’s Java House, which is right on the pier and although I’ve never been, I’ve heard only good things about21st Amendment.  If you like Italian food (and who doesn’t?) Zero Zerois a wonderful and convenient spot and if you like to club and watch games, Bottom of the Hill at – you guessed it! – the bottom of Potrero Hill is a bit out of the way, but completely worth it.  They make a mean black bean hummus, too.  In the East Bay, there’s a lovely 50s style diner called Oscar’s and not only do they play Giants games, but they have a banner as tall as me (which isn’t saying much, but still) for the championship team of 2010 and they wear Giants gear while they fry the french fries before your eyes, need I really say more?

There you have it, America!

As for the North and South Bay, I’m completely clueless so you guys will have to help me with that one.  Comments, people, comments!  If nothing else, it will get your head off of what is to come tonight and after a morning of tweeting #ReplaceSongLyricsWithBarryZito, we all need it.

One last note… for recommendations for all sorts of spectacular and weird things to do around the Bay Area, follow the hashtag on Twitter #HeyLets.  It’s an app that’s going to launch any time now and in the meantime, there’s lots to see on Twitter.  If you want to know about all my weird proclivities for Portuguese music and pumpkin lattes – who are we kidding, you already know about that – that’s where to see ‘em.

Rally Zito.  I am amped and feeling pre-tty optimistic at the moment.  In other news, Italian food sounds really good.

Diamond Girl

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Beware the Ides of March and of October

If you’re looking for someone to innumerate all the reasons that long-haired hippie needs to be traded rightthisverymoment, I cannot oblige.  There have been mutterings in Giants-fandom-land for a few days now, but it got really noisy this evening and the calls for firings and releases and trades began to surface in earnest.  Tonight was an ugly game.  No two ways about that.  Key players – ones who we were looking at to carry us through the postseason – have not performed.  Seeing your team go down 8-3 in the championship series is a terrible feeling.

But.  Let’s step back for a moment.

I think we were all a little, “Beware the ides of March!” this spring.  I heard more than a few of you saying this was going to be a bad season to make the Astros seem all peachy (okay, maybe not that, but still).  I certainly did not see the Giants going to the NLCS.  This makes them the second best team in the National League, technically, and probably third best in the Majors, assuming they’re better than the Yankees at the moment.  (Dear Lord, please say yes, please say yes.)

They’re not playing like that right now.  And them being as successful as they have been doesn’t mean this offseason couldn’t include a good deal of overhaul and even if it doesn’t, we’re free to throw out whatever we want.  But they have been successful.  Very successful.

And you know what?  If tomorrow is the Giants last game of 2012, I hope it’s a good one and I hope we have a good time watching it.  There will always be another baseball season.  This one, I know, has surpassed my expectations and hopes for it.  That said… let’s do this, Barry Zito.  Let’s do this.

Also, pro tip, for any of you who happen to be fabulously wealthy Cardinals fans who come to the game decked out in suits.  You plan ahead, right?  You know you’re coming to the game?  So why on earth would you wear a brown suit when you know you’re going to be sporting all the red gear?  Don’t, people.  Don’t.

In tonight’s Joe Buck scoop, Jack White’s Blunderbuss is available for download online!  Unlike most albums, you know, which you have to go pick up to listen to on your turntable.

Diamond Girl

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Bad Luck, What Happens in The Moment and… The Cardinals

This is my 500th post!  Celebrate with me!  Adore Yu Darvish with me!

I had sort of a bad feeling about last night’s NLDS finale.  I have kind of a bad feeling whenever the Cardinals are involved.  It’s nothing against them personally, it’s just… something against them personally.  Recall last year’s Game We Do Not Talk About.  (Literally.  We literally do not talk about it.  If you start talk about it, I will not hesitate to employ techniques like Willy Wonka’s Stickjaw For Talkative Baseball Fans and plugging my ears and singing Total Eclipse of the Heart at the top of my lungs.)  Anyway, I got a sinking feeling in my stomach as that game played out and the Nationals completed what people are calling the biggest choke in recent memory.

I’d like to stop right there, though.  Yes, they choked.  The Nats were the favorite from the NL to go to the World Series and their decision to shut down Strasburg only adds fuel to the second-guessing fire.  But it’s baseball.   These things happen.  There’s a “choke” almost every year and in large part, it’s just bad luck, it’s what happens at the moment and, you know, facing the Cards (kidding, kidding).  I’m sure it’s a nasty enough moment for the Nationals organization and their fans.  I don’t have much love lost for them myself, but there’s no need to hash and rehash right this moment, either.  I’d rather leave it at that.

On to happier things!

The Giants checked out of their hotel in Cinci in the middle of that game and waited in their plane to take off as the game ended.  I would personally rather endure a myriad of terrible tortures, such as having my liver eaten out every day à la Prometheus, then spend that extra time on a plane, but to each his own, I guess.  Maybe their planes are really nice/equipped with life-size Temple Runs screens or something.

Practically, the outcome was good for us.  The Giants have home field advantage locked down the rest of the way and Tim Lincecum’s beanie habit is alive and well.  Good news, good news.

Photo from @SFGiants.

Also, how about the omnipresent Ryan Theriot smile?  Sadly, no fedora.  But the smile will do.

Diamond Girl

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Champagne and Magical Games

It’s been over a full 24 hours now since the Giants won Game 5 of the NLDS and gave themselves a spot in the NLCS and I’m still kind of in a state of disbelief.  The odds were not in the Giants favor by any stretch of the imagination but they won it… they found a way to turn the series around and slowly kill all of their fans inside and make us love them with all our hearts all the same.

I’m still not sure what happened, exactly.  I think people had started writing their post-mortem wraps when the Giants left for Cinci.  Then, slowly but surely, something clicked.  A handful of torturous and mildly horrifying games later, there was champagne and another series and Hunter Pence is the greatest motivational speaker in the history of the universe.

The odds were ever in our favor, as it turned out.

And it was magical.  It didn’t feel terribly magical at the time, because I was writhing and biting my nails, but after they got that last out, I just made myself an Italian soda and just let it sink in.  By the end of tonight, there will be four teams left and the Giants are one of them.

The A’s are not, in other Bay Area news.  They got Verlandered last night – yes, Verlander is a verb now and it means, oops, you lose – and the Yankees were the Yankees and that was that.  Yankees-Giants World Series is pretty much what I dream about on long, cold offseason days so my fingers are solidly crossed.  As you can imagine, Giants-Tigers would also set us up, you know, to be Verlandered.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.  First comes the NLCS and I cannot wait.

Popcorn and cupcakes.  Here we come.

Diamond Girl

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Sunset Photos Because Why Not

I don’t know about you, but to me, this totally looks like an orange sky.

To those of you who are all, “Uh, no, that’s pink,” were you the ones who told your little cousin that Santa does not exist?  I know it was you.  I know it.

Diamond Girl

p.s.  Game 5.  That is all.

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