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The Giants Had a HIMYM Marathon with Microwave Popcorn Today

Apparently the universe is a football fan.  (Or is the universe a plural?  The universe are footballs fans?)

Snow at Spring Training

Photo/@mlbPeteMcCarthy on Twitter

This was the scene at Spring Training in Arizona this morning with some rain and some hail and some, um, snow?  I have a hard time wrapping by head around that, but pictures or it didn’t happen doesn’t really apply because there are pictures.  Lots of pictures.  Bored beat writers at Spring Training love taking photos, you know.

Anyway, it sounds like the Giants sort of kicked it and did baseball related things indoors, which I assume means a How I Met Your Mother marathon and microwave popcorn.

Closer by committee is garnering some eyerolls but I mean it did work when these guys a World Series last year, so I don’t think it’s time to panic just yet.  The closer situation may become apparent in unexpected ways once they start playing games or something.

Madison Bumgarner thinks you should get your girlfriend/wife/imaginary girlfriend a baby calf for Valentine’s Day and also he hit Javier Lopez in the hand with a pitch and bruised him pretty badly.  Lopez is out for a few days, but should be back pretty soon.  Whether or not girlfriend/wife/imaginary girlfriend will ever be back after receiving that gift is anyone’s guess.

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Baseball’s Hopping and the Rangers Are Having a Unique Offseason

Things are hopping in the baseball world.  This thing they call Fan Fest happened over the weekend, although I wasn’t there to, uh, enjoy it, I guess?  I have a hard time believing anyone enjoys Fan Fest, but what do I know.  I’ve gone twice before and pretty much hated it both times, plus those post-World Series crowds scare the hell out of me, so I got Chipotle and went to the beach and have a very nice Saturday indeed.

I did follow along on Twitter a bit and saw the Q&A sessions they did, which included asking Zito what his current favorite song was.  His response:

Barry Zito Bruno Mars tweet

Barry… we need to talk.  Man to man, or something.  Unconfirmed: they lock people who like Bruno Mars out of heaven.  I feel it is only right to tell you this.  Okay?  No hard feelings?

Speaking of the music, did you guys watch the Grammys?  I thought Jack White Being Jack White was pretty rocking, but his hair-flipping made me feel kind of bad.  Because my hair is still too short to flip like a rock star.  Waiting patiently.  Also accepting donations, should Jack be interested in giving me his hair.

Anyhow, everyone’s skipped town to Arizona now.  Catchers and pitchers report to camp tomorrow and position players follow on Friday, which means we only have a few more days of unadulterated, post-World-Series-win optimism before they can go ahead and do their best to pull off our rose colored glasses.

(Kidding.   I’m always a pessimist.)

Oh, and one more thing?  “Unique” seems to be Jon Daniels’ buzzword over in Texas this offseason.  He said the Rangers offered Josh Hamilton a “unique concept offer” – which he DECLINED, but that’s beside the point –and now he’s said that it would take a “something pretty unique” to get them to consider moving Jurickson Profar.  I love JD to bits, but maybe unique sorta isn’t working for them in the way that Fun. is not working for music?  Just a thought.

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Buster Posey, The Flaming Lips and I Mean, There’s Pizza

Buster Posey is not exactly an avid tweeter.  In fact, I’m not really sure he gets the concept.  (He signs his tweets, for god’s sake.  A love note in kindergarten is sort of what it brings to mind.)  He doesn’t treat us to photos of his meals or his pets or his brand-name moisturizers, like the enviably mustached John Axford.  And I’m not just complimenting him because his taste in exfoliant aligns with mine.  Okay, that’s part of it… but he’s a pretty good tweeter, too.

Anyway, the point of all of this is that Buster gave us a gem on Twitter yesterday.  Observe:

@BusterPosey:  Offseason in Georgia has officially come to an end. Heading out west with the family for spring training! –Buster

See?  See?!  Isn’t that a gem?  Just by nature of the fact that it says a) Offseason has come an end and b) I’m heading out west and c) the greatest two words known to mankind other than “there’s pizza” and “new shoes”.   That is, spring training.

There’s still a bit of time until real Spring Training starts off, but in the meantime there’s the Super Bowl to be excited abou—haha, no.  I mean, for all of you who enjoy the Super Bowl, by all means, enjoy it.  But I’m excited for a Hyundai commercial with The Flaming Lips and that’s pretty much (entirely) it.

the flaming lipsbuster posey

The Flaming Lips.  Buster Posey.  All that is good and well in this world.

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When Life Gives You Lemons of the Crystal Ball Sort…

Well, so, yes.  My crystal ball is a lemon.  My prediction that Matt Cain and the Giants would not be able to reach a deal before Opening Day was flatly wrong.

Then again, when life give you lemons, you are supposed to make lemonade.   I’d say Matt Cain’s brand-new extension with the Giants, worth 100 million+ and stretching over five years, is some pretty fantastic lemonade.  Take that, crystal ball.  The timing, of course, was also rather impeccable.  If Giants fans were not already completely amped to have the team back home, we are now completely completely amped.  I am mixed up in a mash of work/write/pack/other assorted random things and cannot make it to AT&T Park tonight, but I can feel the orange-and-black love in the air and it is wonderful.  Matt Cain deserves some pecan rolls and a big ovation.  I can get the pecan rolls out of the way right now, but the ovation may have to wait a bit.  Stay tuned.

Speaking of packing… I am roadtripping in honor of the springtime tomorrow and will be holed up in Dodger-land for Opening Day.  I appreciate your sympathy.  It’s going to be pretty horrible to be surrounded in Dodger Blue all the time, even if it is on a fabulous Malibu beach.

Also, may I just say one quick thing about Ubaldo?  I’m honestly not on either side here, because I have an irrational distaste of Tulo (not completely irrational: remember when he had Party in the USA as his walkup music?) and as much as I do like Jimenez, I think throwing at someone is just bad sportsmanship.  So it’s sort of a pick-your-poison thing for me.  But if Jimenez had to throw at Tulo for some ethical reason that I am unaware of, then I don’t get why he did it at a game when Bud Selig was in attendance.  I mean, was Selig there for the March 29th Rockies-Indians matchup?  Somehow, I doubt it.  (Rockies-Indians in that fascinating, y’all.)  And purely from an evading-justice perspective, I would have suggested to Jimenez that he suggest subtly to his manager to be put in in that game and I suspect he might have gotten a much lighter punishment.  Not that I am aiding and abetting or anything.

Sure, Indians manager Manny Acta said, “Guys do not play different if the Commissioner is at the game.  The majority of the guys didn’t even know he was there,” but I can’t say I believe that.  Who could miss the President-style motorcade and the Brewers pride, radiating all over the stadium?

I kid, I kid…

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10 Reasons I Am Excited Right About Now (Warning: April Fool Contained Inside)

I went out today and actually sat in the sunshine and had a picnic.  It’s been raining here in the Bay Area for what feels like forever, so it was pretty amazing.  I finished “Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World” by Michael Lewis (which is absolutely, fabulously good and you should read it right now, even if your eyes cross at the word “subprime”) and then I caught the end of the ballgame and felt rather wonderful.  I love many things about Spring Training, but I also cannot wait for the real thing to begin and for all the final roster cuts and all that jazz.  I also can’t wait for the Giants to be back in San Francisco.  You are free to call me crazy, but let me finish first.  I do not generally consider myself a psychic, but when the Giants are in town?  I can totally feel the presence.   Now I also believe that eating these Vitamin C gummy bears actually keeps me from getting sick, so I am probably not a source.  But it’s all psychological, so who can really argue with me?

Anyhow.  This year, rather than repeating last year’s Goodbye Spring Training – which you can read here, if you are so inclined – I am going to infuse a little bit of optimism into the (theoretical) mix.  Ready?  Okay.  This is 10 Reasons I Am Excited Right About Now.  The “now” I refer to is 5:55pm on the day the Giants played their last Spring Training game of 2012.  You’re welcome, historians 5000 years hence.

10.  Zito’s new mechanics!  Yeah.  April Fool’s.  I got you there, right?  Right?

9.  All of the various injured players re-proving themselves.  Along with the young guys who just crack the team, the injured players have got to be some of the most fascinating storylines of the year.  Lookin’ at you, Buster Posey.

8.  Speaking of which, Buster Posey.  Can I (for once) speak for the whole of the Giants fanbase, when I say we are tremendously, tremendously stoked?

7.  The Bruce Bochy show.  KNBR listeners, you know of what I speak.  Non-KNBR listeners, why the heck don’t you listen?

6.  Interleague Play.  I still object on some sort of deep, moral grounds, Bud Selig, but since the Giants get the AL West this year, I am borderline mollified for the time being.  Aside from the obvious they-are-playing-the-Rangers, I’m interested to see the matchup with the resident Interesting Team of the year, the Angels.  Who also have quite a nice dining area which serves basically cold hamburgers, for whatever it’s worth.

5.  The draft.  It’s still many months off, but the beginning of the season does signal how it’s getting closer and pretty soon, we’ll be treated to the draft breakdowns in the media and all that fun stuff.  July, it’s Emily calling, can you please come a wee bit sooner?

4.  The Hobbit movie.  Well, I am.

3.  Never using the Despicable Me balloon scene photos againBecause the Giants are not going to disappoint me that way this year.  Positive affirmations are everything, people.

2.  More animal themed hats at AT&T Park!  And that right there was my second April Fool’s.  Aside from the obvious fashion-faux-pas-ness of them (it’s hard, you know, to adequately match an outfit to a giraffe-print hat), there’s the issue of short people like yours truly not really at all being able to see over them.  Consideration is key, People Who Attend AT&T Park.  Because we’re getting back… together and all that.

1.  Since I don’t want to be lame and say the smell of fresh grass… I’ll just say cinnamon roasted walnuts.  Not the ones they sell at the park, mind you, because I am boycotting those because of labor issues with Diamond Foods, their manufacturer (not to be confused with Diamond Girl), but the other brands you can buy at the grocery story.  They are dee-lish-us.  And I am excited.  Excited excited.  

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