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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

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The Non-Literal Stars Aligning

Happy October!  I was ridiculously happy for it to be October, until I checked the weather this morning and… the rest is history.  We’re having a (semi)serious heat wave in the Bay Area and Diamond Girl + heat waves = no bueno.

Then I remembered that today is the day we are going to Beat LA – which is a rhyme, but never mind that – and I went right back to being ridiculously excited.  I was smiling ear to ear, even carrying my 50 pound book bag down the street in 80 degree weather.   (It may not have been 50 pounds or 80 degrees, but, my friends, this is called creative license )  Which is to say, I cannot wait for this thing to get started.  Cannotwait.  My shoulder hurts from the bag, but I’m still stoked.

Across the Bay, there is some serious drama with the A’s-Rangers series kicking off and I guess they could both clinch playoff spots tonight, theoretically, if all the non-literal stars aligned.  It’s not like I am beginning to see the wisdom of the second wildcard, but I am beginning to see the wisdom of the second wildcard.  Nobody tell Bud Selig I said that.

Over on Twitter, Andrew Baggarly put out a few statistics about the Giants, including that they have the fewest home runs in the Majors this year and assuming that doesn’t change over the next couple of days, they’ll be only the fourth team in the live-ball era to make the playoffs with the fewest home runs.  Say, what?  I was surprised by that one.  Not that the Giants hit the fewest bombs.  That was no surprise at all.  I make a little notch in the tree outside my house every time I go to a game and they don’t hit one out (I kid, tree huggers) and it has… oh, a notch for every game I’ve ever been to.  But the latter stat?  That one’s interesting.  Who knew homer-pathetic teams were doomed in the playoff race?   Moneyball 2.0, guys.  The secret ain’t walks.  It’s homers.   Except when you’re the Giants and it’s right now.  So, yeah.  The theory has some flaws.  But still.

Lastly, Cardinals?  After the Giants Beat LA tonight and hand you your playoff spot, I do expect something in return.  I collect Christmas tree ornaments and there’s also this Kate Spade handbag I have my eye on, if you need ideas.  You’re welcome!

Diamond Girl

p.s.  I woke up.  September ended.  (Hey, I only get to make that joke once a year.  Bear with me.)

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Dusting the Antlers Off

I don’t know at what point “running away with the division” becomes an acceptable phrase, so I’m just going to designate right now as that time, if nobody objects.  (If you do object, feel free to file a complaint with the Emperor, but be forewarned, he’s actually a Sith, even though no one’s noticed yet.)

The Giants magic number has rapidly shrunk down to 13, which just adds to my firm belief that 13 is not an unlucky number and we’ve all been missing out on a great hotel floor for a million odd years.  Besides, they’re leading the division by 7 games.  7 games.  That’s a lot of games.  That’s like 7 million and one pitching changes in Bruce Bochy Land.  The Dodgers chose an awfully good moment to sort of forget how the game of baseball is played and the Giants are taking every advantage of it.

We’re closing in on the last few weeks of the season (what?  When did that happen) and I’ve even started gazing at my antlers, which have been tucked away since last October.  For those of you who are newer to the blog, I have these antlers and it’s my playoff tradition, when the Rangers are in, to wear them around town.  It doesn’t have great shock effect, since I live in the Bay Area where that’s positively normal, but it’s still loads of fun.

That’s my alter ego who’s kind of a ghoul on Halloween and her MLB pumpkins.  Back when she had copious amounts of hair, of course.

I’m dusting my antlers off.  And making “It’s September Inside” jokes until I run out (aka, never) because, seriously, I only get one month out of the year when I can use these.  I stockpile them all year in preparation.  I’m not going to miss an opportunity.

People have already started talking playoff rosters and matchups and to say my grin is infinite would be an understatement.  Buster Posey is generating some serious MVP buzz and getting close to completing his first full Major League season.  Isn’t that crazy?  I smell the postseason.  This thing isn’t over yet, but it’s getting there.  It really is.  I could not be more excited.

Still…

Just kidding.  Sort of.

Diamond Girl

 

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Say Hello to the Marco Scutaro Jokes

Before I get to the fabulousness of Marco Scutaro, I just want to comment on the other (semi)major storyline of today’s game. Courtesy of @RaelEnteenCSN on Twitter, we found out that Hunter Pence bought a new scooter and rode it to the ballpark today. He parked it in the clubhouse but then somebody took it for a joyride. That somebody being Marco Scutaro. (In other news, Twitter has completely ruined practical jokes, similarly to how it’s ruined gift-giving. Seriously, how many times a day do you see people tweeting about the gifts they’re going to give on Twitter? Do they really think the future recipient can’t, you know, look at their tweets?) Anyway. Back to the point. I took one thing away from this story. Say Marco Scutaro’s name out loud and you’ll understand.

Ahem. We’re going to leave that blip of immature hilarity in our past now, okay?

Scutaro did other things than have a name like a scooter. When there were runners in RISP – amazing enough to begin with – and it was the tenth and it was tied and we reallyreallyneededawin Scutaro came through and hit the ball did just that for the Giants on Labor Day and Star Wars Day and Orange-Banana Smoothie Day. Okay, I made that last part up. But still. A lot of people really came through and although Zito ended up struggling, after starting off quite well, the team put together a win. Aubrey Huff had his first at-bat since June when the Giants played the Rangers in the Best Series Ever and got a single and Guillermo Mota, cough syrup in hand – I kid, I kid – pretty much bombed. An interesting day over all and a very, very good win.

I’m off to celebrate Labor Day now. Speaking of kidding. I’ve never really understood how to celebrate Labor Day, but I haven’t watched The Hobbit trailer in a while and there all the ingredients for chocolate chip cookies in the house, so that sounds like a celebration to me.

Diamond Girl

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Happy Birthday to Yu!

Happy Birthday to Yu Darvish (Who Is the Best)! In groundbreaking news, he cut and darkened the color of his hair last week and then promptly pitched a fantastic game against Detroit on Sunday. I don’t know if he’s taken advantage of my convenient guide to Dallas yet, but if not, now would be a good moment.

New hair, guys!  Maybe not as groundbreaking as Miley Cyrus meets little-kid-with-scissors-in-hand but still pretty exciting, if you ask me.

We love you, Yu.  We have also heard rumors that you speak perfectly good English and are just pulling all of our legs by using a translator.  In which case we think you should stop that, pronto.  Still, we love Yu.  You.  You know.

Diamond Girl

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