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The Hypothetical Game of Tigers vs. Giants

Let’s do a little hypothetical game here called, “Tigers vs. Giants”.  Now, this never happens, except in times like last year’s Interleague Play, but that’s no matter because I’m not talking about a game game between the two.  I’m talking about the rosters, lined up next to each other and Dave Dombrokswi and Brian Sabean, nose to nose.

First off, I’m a Giants fan, not a Tigers fan.  (Well, duh.)  So I am slanted to believe that the Giants are the absolute best team ever and all that.  But like many San Fran’ers at the moment, I think, I’m a little frustrated and not completely believing that despite myself.  Make that mucho frustrated, Los Gigantes.

The two big MLB deals that went down yesterday were interesting juxtapositions, in that sense.   In case you missed ‘em or just like my fabulous recaps:

The Tigers signed first baseman Prince Fielder to a nine year deal, worth $214 million dollars.  Close your mouth.  I know that’s a big deal, but it doesn’t suit your face shape.

The Giants, meanwhile, reportedly reached a two-year deal with our resident oddball (one of many, that is) Tim Lincecum, worth $40.5 million, which sets him as the highest paid Giant ever, per year’s salary.  The Giants could very well still lock up Lincecum for many more years, before he becomes a free agent, but for now, it’s two years.

The deals are obviously different, in that Prince was a free agent and Timmy was not, Prince is a hitter and Timmy is not.  (No, really, he’s not.  Have you seen the clips of him trying to hit?)  But all the talk about the Fielder deal- from both the supporters of t and the people who think Dombrowski is more than a little nuts- has raised some interesting questions.

Some people say this kind of move by the Tigers is a statement that the organization is in it to win it and has a strong commitment to the team and the fans.  Just about everyone says this makes the Tigers a whole lot better. 

I don’t believe that teams should make moves to mollify fans or make it seem like they’re committed- sometimes the best commitment management can make is to sit back and let things evolve.  But there is still something there, in the Giants management, that reads distinctly like, “We have no plan,” to me, myself and I.  And no plan = no good. 

I know that a big part of the Timmy deal is that he doesn’t want a long-term contract and there’s nothing we can all do about that.  (Except make him cupcakes.  That might work, actually.)  But maybe, just maybe, that has something to do with the dragon that cannot spit fire that is the San Francisco Giants right now.  Not to say the Giants should sign a hitter for $214 million.  I don’t think they should, in fact.  But if they’re not going to do that they might, er, explore other options?

And I’m not talking about breaking Orlando Cabrera out of retirement here.

In the end, it’s not really Tigers vs. Giants.  More one philosophy vs. no perceived philosophy.  You can guess who wins. 

Dear January 24th in Giants history: you may now go disappear.  Thanks.  xoxo.

Diamond Girl

p.s.  Not to be all downer on you today, but Posada retirement?  Sniff-sniff.  That is all.

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The Case Against Prince

I, like many others, have a soft spot for Prince Fielder.  Aside from his fabulous hitting skills, he comes across like a great big teddy bear and the kind of guy you would most definitely want on your poison– I mean, team of choice.

Which is why I would rather not make a case against Prince.  But with all this talk of a five thousand year deal, with $20 million plus per year, I feel the need to make this case.

First of all, in general, we all know to avoid deals like that at all costs.  But if someone comes up who really seems like they might bring balance to the Force, then it is occasionally okay to put out one of those massive contracts.

But to me, Prince Fielder just doesn’t seem like the kind of guy you want for all that time.  He’s an amazing ballplayer at this point but I think there’s definitely doubt as to how well his body type can hold up over a long period of time and when we’re talking eight to ten years, that’s something that should factor in, in a big way.

For the Rangers in particular, I don’t think Prince makes sense.  They’re already sitting on empty pockets, pretty much, and although Mitch Moreland has his doubters, I think he could make a perfectly sound first baseman and I think signing Josh Hamilton, injury-prone-ness and all, to a multi-year deal makes much more sense for me.

I wish Prince made sense with the Rangers, to me, because how fun would that be?  But I don’t think he does.  Texas does things big, we know that, but I still believe the emphasis should be (and is) on player development and scouting.  Darvish was a potential triumph, in that sense.  Although he is a semi-veteran and obviously cost loads of money, it also could symbolize success for the Rangers in their Japan scouting missions.    In essence, it goes along with what they’re trying to do, the system they’re trying to set up.

Prince Fielder?  Not so much.

Besides, I doubt he’d look that good in a cowboy hat.

Diamond Girl

p.s.  Battle of the Bowties!  Brauny and Dave Robertson at the BBWAA dinner a couple nights ago.  I’m saying Robertson wins this fashion faceoff because Ryan’s velvet suit is a little too greasy Vito Corleone for my taste, but what do you all think?

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In Which I Do Not Impersonate Brian Sabean, But I Do Give Him a Bit of Advice

If I were Brian Sabean right now (and you know how I love impersonating Sabes), I am honestly not sure what I would be doing right now.

I think I called the Giants a kaleidoscope kind of team way back when in 2010 but now all I see is a tangled, tangled spiderweb.

Frankly, the whole toxicity-of-Rowand-and-Tejada thing really weirded me out, because the idea for the past few years with this team has been that chemistry is a complete non-issue.  I think people start hinting darkly at things like that when the team is doing badly, mostly, but I also think this team isn’t exactly the good old brotherhood any more.  Some changes may (may?  Will.) need to be made and the ownership change only thickens the plot.

So Sabean’s first offseason move (oh, less than 48 hours after the Defending World Champions thing vaporized) was to resign Javier Lopez to a two year deal, worth 8.5 million and extend Jeremy Affeldt for one more year.

Interesting, I say, very interesting.

If I had a beard (which I most certainly do not, for the record), I would be stroking it right now.  I mean first of all, HE DIGS THE LEFTIES.  And second, yeah, he seems serious about the pitching and especially the bullpen.  Like, 8.5 million serious.  Very serious, that is.

Personally, I like it.  Because I specifically like both those guys, but also because I don’t think the Giants need a big, attractive move (hello, Prince Fielder).  Those never work, except when they do, and anyway we just want a contender, right?  If this pitching staff is set right and Aubrey Huff develops a tendency to hit balls, that could contend right there.  So I think sticking to the core is a smarter way to go and this makes me feel, perhaps incorrectly, but still, that Sabes might agree with me.

Or I might agree with Sabes.  But I prefer the former.  You know.

Diamond Girl

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7 Reasons Prince Should Stay in Milwaukee

Me and my big glass of orange juice and my soothing music are trying to get over the fact that a) I spent my morning at the loudest, most nausea inducing aquarium in the history of everything and b) that we are now in the first two days without a Major League baseball game since March.

Yeah, I’m experiencing some spasms and difficulty breathing.  Thanks for asking.

This is Withdrawal with a capital W at the beginning.

I’m also sad about the Brewers.

Because, of course, they were eliminated by the Cardinals last night and I will miss Brauny’s hair, but also because in the postgame presser, Prince basically said, “It’s been cool here in Milwaukee, but if I leave this offseason that’s cool too.”

What, Prince?!

I beg to differ.   It will not be the least bit cool if you leave this offeason.  Really.  A little part of me died when you said that.   I get that it’s business and all that and I would try not to begrudge it if you did, coughcough, leave, but… you just belong in Milwaukee.  7 Reasons Why:

7.  You look completely fab in Brewer Blue.

6.  Braun has (not-so-intelligently) locked himself up into a million years there, so if you leave, you guys will never bat back to back again.  And that is a heartbreaking thought.

5.  I promise chocolate cakes galore if you stay.  Are you really not tempted by that?

4.  Something good was just starting for the Crew.  Now is most definitely not the time to leave.

3.  Seriously, where else would you get to be on a team with a beer name? 

2.  I ask too many questions, so I’ll make this one a statement: Do. Not. Leave. Do. Not. Leave. *waves hypnotic object and gives crazy-doe-eyes to put him off*

1.   You are a quintessential Brewer.  Plain and simple.  And you know how I feel about quintessentials.  I hate it when they leave.  Humor me, m’kay?

Diamond Girl

p.s.  And while we’re at the whole me-giving-you-orders thing?  Please shave the Homeless Guy beard.  Thanks.

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In Which I Go All J-Sanch and Predict a Sweep

The photo puts me in a ridiculously good mood.  I am going to go all J-Sanch now and say we are so going to sweep Philly.

Whether that has more to do with the above photo, these brilliant little interviews with Jon Daniels (I wasn’t imagaining the Jed-Jon rivalry!) and Ryan Braun (it’s true!  They asked him to be on The Bachelor!) on MLB Intentional Talk or the Giants real-live baseball skills, you can decide for yourself.

But I certainly am confident.  And confidence is key.  Even Willy Wonka knows that.

And now that I’ve given you enough video links to keep you going until the livestream of batting practice at 4:45 (who came up with that?  Sorry, but it’s way past boring.) I’ll just leave you with one message: may the force be with you.  And Jeremy.  And the World Series trophy.

Diamond Girl

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