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Hibernation and Things

So as you guys know, I generally hibernate in the winter, but this year it’s stretched all the way into – er, is it June already?  Apparently so.  I haven’t been blogging, but I have been writing books/reading books/succeeding at waking up and eating toaster pops/drawing and making short films/getting an internship with some really lovely people who make fantastic coffee, too.  Things like that.  You’ll forgive me for not blogging, yes?

I won’t ask you to forgive these Giants, though.  I have a great deal of fondness for losing teams, in reality, and they’re certainly interesting to pick apart but… May was bad.  May was real bad.

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Hey, remember the train wreck photo?

We don’t have much of a sample size for June, but here’s hoping it’s better.   Actually, it would be difficult for it to be worse, but forget I said that because it seems a little like knocking on wood.

The injury bug has been going around, albeit not as badly as it could be.  Not like them Dodgers, at least.  Ryan Vogelsong’s injury was a big blow, especially after he seemed like he might have been getting back on track and Mike Kickham’s debut in his place was not encouraging.  Sabes and Bochy and all those people bit the bullet and started Chad Gaudin the other day and he was quite good indeed.  Only time will tell if he can continue to succeed, but it is things like that that make the narrative of the season interesting.  For instance, Ryan Vogelsong circa 2011.

I probably need to go sleep for a couple more months now, but I’ll be back eventually.  If anyone wants to hear what I thought of the punk theme at last month’s Met Gala or Evil Friends, which comes out tomorrow and may change your life, that can be arranged as well.

Stay safe, by which I mean stay off the road while I’m learning to drive.

Diamond Girl

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“It’s Not Always Gonna Be Sunshine and Roses.”

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“It’s not always gonna be sunshine and roses,” said Ryan Vogelsong after today’s game – was it a game, though, – against the Blue Jays.  (So I was like, well it’s not always gonna be, but how about it is right now?)

The Giants are probably turning in their passports right now and hoping that they never ever have to go to Canada again, because I know Giants fans are feeling that way.  Yesterday and today’s game were, in combination, some of the worst in recent Giants history, but if you can’t laugh… then you’re the Astros, or something.

Onwards to a four game series in Colorado, where there will hopefully be more sunshine and roses.  (And maybe the humidor!  Too much to hope for?)

Diamond Girl

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7 Things About the Number 7

I’m going to try to make this quick because Game 7 is creeping up on us and I have to try to do normal human being things in between now and then.  (Crazy, I know.)

For starters, Game 6 was the best thing since… Game 5, I guess.  We are spoiled, spoiled fans.  Ryan Vogelsong pretty much convinced me for good that enchiladas are the food to eat the night before something important, being every bit as good as we could have hoped and the offense did that crazy thing called hitting, time and time again.  I don’t know – and I don’t even know if I want to know – what it is about being faced with elimination that makes this team wake up, but it is amazing to watch.

Tonight is Game 7, so now seems like a good moment for a 7 Things About the Number 7 list.

7.  It’s the number you can either write like it’s going to look in this blog post, which sort of reminds me of a tree without any branches, or you can write it with the cross through it and sit back and wait for people to ask you what the heck you are writing.  Have fun, guys.

6.  7-Eleven of “at the center of the earth in the parking lot / of the 7-Eleven where I was taught” fame.  That is literally my only association with 7-Eleven.  Can you tell I grew up in the Bay Area?  We don’t drink Slurpees here, we drink $8 organic smoothies.

5.  007.  My name is Diamond Girl.  SF Diamond Girl.

4.  The traditional count of Basque provinces as expressed in the slogan Zazpiak Bat.  I love you too, Wikipedia.

3.  The number of islands in Atlantis.  You know, people have thrown out pretty much every location on the face of the planet for where Atlantis could have been, but has anyone suggested McCovey Cove?  No?  Let me be the first.

2.  The number of games you play when your team gets a kick out of being up for elimination.

1.  What we’re going to bite our nails through tonight.  I’m drifting between complete confidence and abject misery at the thought.  Remember what I said about enjoying it, no matter what, win or lose?  Still holds true.  (Kinda.)  Fingers crossed.  With red licorice between them.

Yes, We Cain.

Diamond Girl

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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

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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

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