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5 Best Tim Lincecum Moments

Yesterday was a strange day. I forgot there was a Giants game. I think I actually forgot the Giants existed. Somewhere around the fourth hour of The Fellowship of the Ring director’s cut at AMC Theaters, it all came back to me. But I was too engrossed to care.

Evidently, the Giants squeezed out a win against the Diamondbacks in this as-super-important-as-June-series-get series. Since I spent the evening a several realities away, I’ll leave the breakdown of that game to others.

I woke up to see happy birthday messages to Tim Lincecum everywhere. Which reminded me…

He signed that ball for me last June 15th and the whole crowd of autograph seekers sang Happy Birthday to him. It was loads of fun. So in honor of his big day coming around again, I’ve made a list of my personal top 5 favorite Tim Lincecum moments.

5. August and Beyond

In 2010, Timmy faced adversity… but it was storybook adversity. The kind where there’s a clean, simple problem with a clean, simple, perfect ending. Sure, it didn’t feel that way while it was going on. But looking back? Couldn’t really have gone down better.

4. A Day In The Life

I absolutely loved this Comcast SportsNet show. It didn’t feel overly rehearsed or corny but it wasn’t boring either. It was just a nice little slice-of-life. Well done.

3. The Kiss

Remember her? The girl who said she wanted her first kiss from Tim Lincecum? And he totally gave it to her. Too sweet.

2. Beanies Galore

The beanies have gone rather MIA recently. But remember when he wore them all the time? To his first Cy Young press conference even? Those were the days. I love ‘em.

1. 15 Strikeouts

Everyone has baseball games they attended that they will never, ever forget. Timmy’s career high 15 strikeouts against the Pittsburgh Pirates is one of those for me. Orange K after orange K going up on the wall and him just never slowing down.

Happy Birthday, Timmy. You’re named The Franchise for a reason.

Diamond Girl

p.s. Can my cake which won me the Ultimate Tim Lincecum Fan award get an honorable mention? I think there’s, you know, a striking resemblance.

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May I Respectfully Suggest a Few Things to Jonathan Sanchez?

The San Francisco Chronicle’s story about yesterday’s Giants was titled “Giants finally get a break”.  The sentiment is widespread.  Which is why every time I look at the National League West standings I have an Am I really reading this right? moment.  The Giants are in first place, a game ahead of the Diamondbacks.  Sure, part of it is that the West in not a strong division this year, so far (Arizona, Colorado, Los Angeles and San Diego are all 5-5 in their last 10, the Giants are 6-4).  But you also can’t deny that despite the fact that they look like a limping AAA team at times, they do win ballgames.  Which is, of course, the bottom line.

Jonathan Sanchez is the quintessential example of this and I spent yesterday evening with more forehead rubbing.  He let in two runs over 6 innings.  He gave them a chance to win and they did.  So I’m not complaining.  But he felt like a train wreck while he was at it.  May I respectfully suggest that he cuts the drama classes from his extracurriculars and tapes this up next to his bed?

You can never repeat the basics too many times, right?

Being a baseball fan is a full time job.  This, you know.  Being a Giants fan?  Sort of a life’s work.  So the day off is nice.  Still, I don’t envy the players.  They’re headed to Arizona, where the highs over the coming three days are 104°, 107° and 105° respectively.  Could mean good news for Aubrey, but I, for one, am glad Foul Weather Timmy will be on the bench until the Oakland series.

And to Todd Coffey and his unfortunate capris

We all have bad fashion moments.  And we all know players aren’t responsible for their own uniforms.  That delivered with a meaningful look to all the Eugenio Velez haters out there.

Diamond Girl

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Maybe There’ll Be a Walk-Off Win Tonight. Total Shot In the Dark. And Baseball Players Shouldn’t Design Clothes. And Other Facts of Life.

So does anyone else remember the moment in the Charlie in the Chocolate Factory movie where they’re in the Great Glass Elevator and they fly over a hospital room?  Willy Wonka says, “This is the Puppet Hospital and Burn Center.  It’s… relatively new.”  And then he gives his uncomfortable little laugh.  The reactions?

I’m the Mike Teevee’s father in the equation.  Every time a Giant gets injured, I make that expression.  The, Are you kidding me, you weirdos?

Freddy is on my top 3 favorite Giants list.  I consider him a constant and a sparkplug and the kind of guy who would keep us sane during the injury insanity.  Five seconds and one Brandon Phillips hit later, he’s on the DL.

Maybe we should get the Giants their own hospital…?

Brian Sabean wasted no time in picking up a new second baseman, fueling the “this is really bad” fire.  Bill Hall is the guy, recently designated for assignment from Huston with nearly identical numbers to Pat Burrell, when he came to the Giants last year.  I went to Hall’s Wikipedia and saw the following Awards Highlights.

  • Good Guy Award- 2006
  • Michael Harrison Award (Community Service)- 2004,2006
  • Unsung Hero Award- 2005
  • Pitched a 1-2-3 inning as a utility player- 5/28/2010

Huh.  I love Good Guys.  And the Wiki piece fails to mention that he was the Brewers Team MVP in 2006. Looking at pictures of him in that Brewers uniform is acclimating me to the idea of having him in a Giants uniform.  He is reportedly available to play today in what may be a walk of win (total shot in the dark, there).

No matter what, I just hope Aubrey plays games, from now on, in head to toe armor. 

(Props to the brilliant person at www.arewestillcool.com who mocked this up.)

I also have to say something about the line of Giant-designed jerseys that came out yesterday.  I’m not sure what to say.  Except that I will not be going out to buy one.  They’re hilarious, a little ego-maniacal and I feel like this might be a good time to break out an old blog I wrote but never posted called Baseball Players Shouldn’t Design Clothes and Other Facts of Life.

I mean, really?  The font?  The faded edges of the corny image?

Diamond Girl

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If You Look Up “Stoic” In The Dictionary, You’ll See a Picture of Madison. And Sequined Rangers Flip Flops, If You’re Lucky.

Here’s the breakdown of Madison Bumgarner’s season, so far (with a tip of the cap to the people at www.csnbayarea.com who figure out statistics).

13 Starts

2 wins, 8 losses

3.25 ERA

The Giants have had three runs or less in ten of those starts

Two runs or less, in nine of them

One run or less in six of them

In five of them? 

None.

As a Giants fan, what part of that is surprising?   That he had actually had a whole fraction of a Major League season where he got some support.

And that he is unshakably stoic through the whole thing, à la Matt Cain.  He talks to the press every five days with a vaguely amused expression and his NorCarolina drawl and somehow makes you feel a little better about resigning yourself to the fact that he’s that starter on the team right now; the one who the first place team can’t just muster a few runs for.  Eventually, they’ll snap out of it.  If World Series winning/parade/celebrity-hood didn’t initiate you into Giantville, Madison, this should.

The real highlight of last night was, in my opinion, the return of Edgar.

Even in Cincinnati red (I think our colors suited him way better, for the record) he looked and acted and felt like a Giant.  He was injured a good chunk of the time and we all had plenty of complaints about him, but he was a World Series hero.  And his August 30th, 2009 grand slam against the Rockies is one I will never, ever forget.  It was the catalyst moment in that sorta-kinda playoff run and watching it again gives me goosebumps.  You can watch it here.

I feel like we’re overdue for a warm-weather (another sorta-kinda there) offensive outburst tonight.  Anyone with me on that?

Diamond Girl

p.s.   Would you buy clothes from this guy?  Would you buy anything from this guy?  (Even besides the the fact that I wouldn’t buy shirts that say “Designated Kisser” from anyone.)

If you’re looking for a fashionable, summery, feminine way and ever so mildly classy way to show your fandom, try these awesome  sequined Rangers flip flops from the official MLB shop.  I am in love.

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Jose Who? Five Things I Love About Brandon Crawford

Last year, the only rookie everyone talked about was Buster Posey.  He, uh, panned out.  This year, it was all Brandon Belt.  And as much as I like and respect Belt- and the season is still young, he hasn’t screamed, Impact!  Who has?  The one I lovingly branded (pun intended) The Other Brandon.  I may be speaking too soon, but I think if anyone takes us all the way, it’ll be him.  When Tejada started to be an obvious problem at short, the name Jose Reyes kept popping up.

Jose who?

We have a shortstop.

From, Single A.  Who hit a triple that was as close to perfection as anyone comes on a baseball field?  Keep Jose, Mets.  It would be weird to see him wearing other colors anyway.  This coming from a rabid 2007 fan of yours.

And Matt Cain’s game wasn’t perfect, but it was a beauty.  Five hits, one run, complete game win.  ‘Nuff said.

Anyway, since I can’t get over Crawford, I have made a list of five things I love about him.  Besides his obvious baseball chops.  Read on.

5.  The Hair.

I think he works hard at it.  It pays off. 

The best part?  Curly hair doesn’t seem to equal curly brains, because…

4.  He’s Got Brains

You know how people always go ga-ga over actresses or models who graduated college?  Granted, many more baseball players graduate but for whatever reason his major is on his Wikipedia article and it’s physiological science.  I don’t quite know what that means but it sounds brainy.  Interesting.

3.  He Signs…

…autographs.  Because he remembers being in the position of wanting ‘em.  I don’t begrudge players who don’t like to sign, but I do give points to people who go out there and do it.

2.  FISU World Champion

Whenever I hear about an MLBer who’s had success in another league, I am intrigued.  I know Nate Schierholtz competed in Beijing and that’s always been one of my main associations with him.  Crawford was on the US team when it won FISU World Championship in Havana.  Which means he’s ready to be a champion again, right? 

1.  He’s Toolsy

Fine, just kidding.  I’ve been watching the draft for three days but that doesn’t mean I use that word.  He’s just a flat out ballplayer.  I don’t know of any other way to say it. 

I think good things are in the team’s future.  But speaking of shortstops?  I really hugely miss Edgar Renteria.  So these next few days may be emotionally difficult.  Bear with me, okay?

Diamond Girl

p.s.  If I’ve failed to mention that I want a name like Conor Gillaspie, I will say it now.  I want a name like Conor Gillaspie.

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