Tag Archives: playoffs

Back in Vogue

I actually sat down to write a blog post this morning but I was too nervous.  There were a million and one clichés out there and the whole there is no way/we can totally do this refrain was running through my head.  I decided to wait.  I had to leave my radio and TV shortly after the game got started, so I got my score updates from a variety of roundabout means and finally got home right at the top of the 10th.  I missed a good bit of the torture, but I also got to experience plenty of it.  The Giants came out on top, 2-1, in the tightest of pitching duels.

Anna Wintour would be proud.  (Or would she be?  On second thought, she would probably not be the least bit proud.  But you know what I mean.)

Ryan Vogelsong put together what has to be one of the more amazing and touching performances of the playoffs so far and when he told the story of Jamie Moyer’s text to him prior to the game on KNBR, the win took on a whole new meaning to me.  Hunter Pence’s words, as well, that it was as simple as this team wanting to play a few more games together, were spot on.  It comes down to that at this time of year, doesn’t it?  Win or lose, there aren’t a whole lot of games left.  We have to enjoy the ride – even when it’s terrible and torturous.

Barry Zito will take the mound tomorrow in a strange and fitting twist of fate and the world is pretty much resting on his shoulders.  1:07 tomorrow can simultaneously not come fast enough and is coming far too fast.   Anyone have a bottle of nail polish to help me calm the nerves?  Thanks.  You guys are the best.

Diamond Girl

About these ads

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

May the Odds Be Ever In Your Favor and All That

Last night was the second big game I’ve missed due to concert tickets in as many years.  Last year, it was game six of the World Series and as it turned out, I wasn’t terribly sad that I missed that.  And last night… well, I can’t say with complete sincerity that I wish I’d seen that one.  I did sneak over to the bar and subtly glance up at the TV screen and as it turned out, it just as the score went final.   I squinted.  3-0?  6-0?  9-0?  No.  That couldn’t be.  But it could be.  And it was.

(This was a different tack than last time, when I made everyone I was with swear to keep me in the dark, should they happen to figure something out about the game.  I also walked as far away as I could from random people, because I was afraid that someone would mention the game in passing and I didnotdidnot want to know.  In case you’re wondering, yes, this is a completely true story.)

Nothing went right for the Giants last night.  They were outhit 2-13 and now they’re down 2-0 in a five game series and the rest this one is in Cincinnati.  Cain and Bumgarner are burned so it’s down to Vogelsong.  The team can’t really hit or pitch or field at the moment, but other than that, all is well.

That’s the bad stuff.  Ready for some good stuff?

In my completely non-scientific studies, home-field advantage in the playoffs is not all it’s cracked up to be.  Don’t bother showing me statistics that support the importance of home field advantage.  As I said, completely non-scientific.  Who knows, playing without Panda hats and, you know, weed in the crowd could be just the wakeup call the team needs.

Also, Ryan Vogelsong is pretty darn fantastic.  He’s had his ups and downs, but haven’t they all?  (With the exception of Matt Cain who is Matt Cain so that’s irrelevant.)

It won’t be easy, but it’s not impossible.  Don’t lose faith, Giants fans, there’s still baseball to be played and anything can happen.  Pep talks for the win.

The odds are decidedly not in our favor.  But were they in Jennifer-Lawrence’s-character-whose-name-does-not-immediately-come-to-mind-but-she-was-kinda-similar-to-her-character-in-Winter’s-Bone?  The answer is no, in case you got lost somewhere in there.

If all else fails, stock up on some almond chocolate cookies from Trader Joe’s.  I just took my own advice and trust me, it works.

Diamond Girl

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Yes, We Cain

My antlers are sad.  So am I.  The Rangers were eliminated from the postseason last night and I still haven’t taken the antlers off.  I think I have to wear them all postseason.  It feels a little bit unreal, right now – Yu Darvish spoke for all of us when he said he didn’t know what he was supposed to do tomorrow – but the Rangers have gone to the World Series two years in a row, so I guess I can’t get greedy.  I’m expecting some changes over the offseason, although I don’t think it’s their front office’s style to go all overhaul on us, like some people are calling for.  The biggest story, of course, will be Josh Hamilton, but I think they’re still a good team, a very good team, and what happened was some bad luck.  And some bad playoff format.

Angry in antlers.  I do not like this one-game playoff devilry.  In other news, is my eyebrow raise not completely awesome?

Of course, there’s still a lot to be excited about.  I’ve decided that the Tigers will be my poison-of-choice for the American League this season and they’re leading the A’s 3-1 in Detroit right now.  Giants-Tigers?  I could see that.

The NLDS gets going in just over an hour in San Francisco – don’t even get me started on the start time – and the familiar playoff nerves are starting to kick in for me.  Matt Cain is on the mound though, and there is no one else I’d rather have starting our first playoff game.

Yes, we most certainly Cain.

Diamond Girl

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Let Them Eat Tim Lincecum Cake

I posted that photo of the Tim Lincecum cake I made while back on Twitter today that reminded me that I’d meant to post a recipe.  Truth is, you can make it with any cake in a round pan and pretty much any frosting, as long as it’s thick and has a good hold for all the jazz you’re going to put on top of it.  Personally, I adore carrot cake (not the grating-the-carrots part, but the rest of it), so that’s what this cake was.  And since the recipe I use is basically the greatest thing since Oh, Inverted World met the world, I’m going to include it here.

Carrot Cake

You will need:

  • 1 1/3 of a cup of vegetable oil
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of all-spice
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs at room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 4 cups of grated carrots (about 4 carrots)
  • Grated zest of 1 orange
  • 1 cup of coarsely chopped, toasted walnuts (optional)

To make:

Preheat your oven to 350℉.  Pour a bit of melted butter into a round cake pan and line with wax paper.

Combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and all-spice thoroughly.  Set aside.  In a medium bowl, cream sugar and oil.  Mix well.  Add egg mixture.  Slowly fold in the dry ingredients.  Once it is smooth, add carrots, orange zest and walnuts.  Spread evenly into the cake pan and bake until golden brown and firm, about 25-30 minutes.  A skewer should come out clean.  Transfer pan to wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

You will need:

  • 1 stick of butter (1/2 cup), soft
  • 1 pound of cream cheese
  • 1 ½ cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

To make:

Beat cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl until smooth and creamy.  Slowly add powdered sugar and vanilla.  Beat for about 4 more minutes, until smooth and fluffy.

I made Timmy’s face orange, in honor of them Giants, even though he really has the skin-tone of a vampire.  Creative license, guys!  You can experiment with yellow and red food coloring until you get the shade you want.  Add to the frosting and incorporate it well.  Using a flat, metal spatula, frost the cake, getting it as smooth on the top as you can.  From here, you can do absolutely anything!  I used black licorice for Timmy’s hair, red jelly beans for his mouth, a walnut for his nose, green lifesavers and chocolate chips for his eyes.  To make the eyebrows, I cut two pieces of black licorice in half the long way, so as not to give him the David-Wright-eyebrow look.

Then prop a Giants cap up on top of it and enjoy!

See?  Not so hard.  And it’s probably a good idea to make it right about now, because otherwise you may spontaneously combust from rage about those Braves-Cardinals umps.

Let’s do this thing, Texas!  Antlers on.  Ready to go.  I may have to make a Yu Darvish cake for Yu.  I mean you.

Diamond Girl

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

5 Things I Loved About 2012 in San Francisco Giants-Land

The season is over.  The Dodgers beat the Giants 5-1 and now Theo Epstein And Other Losing GMs Whose Names I Can’t Remember are going into their war rooms/man caves/boring offices and getting ready to tackle the offseason.

Not Sabean.  Not us Giants fans.  The horchata ice cream is on steeping right now – horchata is a cinnamon rice drink from Mexico and it’s divine – and I am celebrating.  Because these playoffs, silly extra wildcard and all, are going to be pretty damn exciting.  There was serious drama in Oakland this afternoon with the A’s stealing the division title from the Rangers at the last moment and Emily, in the car, turning on her radio right before the last out and promptly, oh, slamming it off.

Still, it will be interesting for the Rangers.  They’ve lost in the World Series two years in a row… something had to change.  This could be just the shakeup they need, you know?

(Positive affirmations FTW.)

Anyway, as some of you (a few of you?  Yeah?  Maybe even one?) might remember, last year on the final day of the regular season, I made a list:  162 Things I Loved About 2011 in San Francisco Giants-Land.  I will go on the record as saying that was insane.  It took me a couple of days vegetating in bed and a few more days of H&M retail therapy to recover.  So, this year, I’ve decided to be do something a little… different.  5 Things I Loved 2012 in San Francisco Giants-Land!  (America’s youth is no longer ambitious.  You have proof.)

5.  The Marco Scutaro.  When Sabean picked up Scutaro, there was more than a little headshaking and whispering in this fandom – hey, you did it too, don’t even try to deny it – and then he began to hit and that was pretty much it.  The Marco Scutaro is spectacular.

4.  The Bullpen.  Believe it or not, Brian Wilson went down this season, even though it feels like ages ago now.  And this bullpen has stepped up big time.  Sure, there were bumps in the road, but overall?  I feel good about ‘em going into the postseason.  And that’s huge.

3.  The Buster Posey.  ‘Nuff said.  Also, huge congrats to him winning the batting title.  Hunter Pence is keeping secret what present the Giants got him, but I sure know what I would get him if someone would, um, donate the funds.

2.  The Matt Cain.  Who pitched a perfect game.  (Hey, that rhymed!)  Not only did that provide us bloggers with endless jokes about his perfection, all season long, but it also was, you know, a perfect game.  So there’s that.

1.  Making the playoffs.  There’s a foggy year in there somewhere (every year is a foggy year in San Francisco, but you know what I mean), but the Giants have bounced back big time and I think they’re seriously, seriously poised to do some damage in the coming weeks.  And if possible, I like this team even better than 2010.  Playoffs, here we come.

Also, antlers, here I come!

Diamond Girl

2 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized