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Happy Birthday, Ryan Braun! + Extra Wildcard?

Slow news day, in the sports world.  I don’t know if anyone gets really excited about the Manager of the Year Award- well, probably the people who win do, but I don’t- and since my Twitter feed always tells me who won the award before they announce it on the mlb.com show, the suspense is non-existent (my fault for looking at my Twitter, but still…).  So I was basically in snooze mode, baseball-wise, until I realized: it’s Ryan Braun’s birthday!  I am a huge fan of his.  So happy 27th birthday, Ryan!  In case you’ve forgotten, I Love U.  And here are your virtual birthday brownies.  Enjoy.


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I’ve been reading all this stuff about the possibility of adding another wild card to each league.  Honestly, I’m against it.  What I’ve read is that it would be a one game playoff or a three game series to determine the wild card winner and since a series that short can easily go either way, I think it could lower the quality of play in the later playoffs and detract from the interest of the teams that really deserve to be there.  I don’t think the second wild card team would deserve to be there.  What do y’all think?  Very curious to hear everyone’s opinions on the pros and cons.

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The Rangers Sprayed Ginger Ale, Why I love Jon Daniels and on Wearing White After Labor Day

I love these guys.  Scratch that.  I adore these guys.  These guys being the Texas Rangers and I’m adoring them right now because they reportedly celebrated their win over the Rays with ginger ale rather than the traditional alcohol, so that their star player, Hamilton could participate.  How amazingly great is that?  I give myself some credit because I suggested orange juice as an alternative a few weeks ago but maybe they aren’t that into healthy natural juice.  No matter.  I am proud to be a Rangers fan because they took matters into their own hands and did something different.

 

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Don’t really know if I need to repeat this, but no, I do not waste my time by photographing cans of ginger ale.

 

I’m also giving JD some credit, because I have this irrational suspicion this he was involved with the idea.  JD being Jon Daniels, the General Manager of the Rangers.  I’m not usually really into GMs, they seem so distant, but I am a huge Daniels fan.  To start with, when he was hired, he was the youngest GM in the history of MLB which I love.  I firmly live by the principle that age only matter if you’re cheese and so I think the way he’s built what is something of an underdog club into one that can beat the holder of the best record in the AL is fantastic.  And he traded Chris Ray for Bengie.  Who do you think got the better end of that deal?  He signed Vladdy when everyone thought he was done.  He stole Cliff Lee from under the Yankees nose.  And from what I’ve seen, he’s a snappy dresser.  And the Dreamy Team General Manager.

 

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Didn’t take this picture.  But if someone wants to invite me to his next press conference, feel free to. 

 

So I am obviously hoping, hoping, hoping that we get a Rangers vs. Giants World Series, but I’d be okay with seeing the sweet, if over-loaded as a team, guys from the Bronx as well.  I’m hoping it’s not the Phillies, but I’m okay with that too.  All four teams left play good ball so either way I’m pumped.  But you know the scary thing I realized while going to sleep last night?  No matter what, the Giants have a maximum of 14 games left.  (Yeah, that’s what I think about while I go to sleep.  No wonder I dream about it.)  We are seriously nearing the end.  Down to a wire is an understatement.  I miss Zito starts.

                                                                                

Lastly.  Some of you may have noticed that I have a new profile picture.  The reason is that yesterday somebody clued me into the fact that it is no longer summer and while Important People in the fashion industry have recently stated that it’s okay to wear white after Labor Day (I hardly ever wear white anyway, so it’s a non-issue for me, but that didn’t stop me from clicking on the article about it), it’s still unacceptable to wear sandals in mid-October.  Even more unacceptable to have them in ones profile picture.  Lesson learned.  New profile picture needed.  Instead of photographing my new Madden boots, I’m going face this time.  And the new picture (newly my profile picture, it’s from July) makes me nostalgic for the 2010 season and reminds me why I like people who give me tickets to sit behind the dugout at a game.  You know the way to my heart.  (That is, Madden shoes or nice seats at a baseball game.)

 

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Why I am in the Radnich Camp, Celebrity Sightings, Dave Flemming’s Coat & Why Mat Latos was Right

I went to the Giants vs. Diamondbacks game last night and also watched FP Santangelo and Rich Aurilia doing Chronicle Live, the Giants pre-game show.  You know how everyone has been saying the energy level at the stadium is really high?  I didn’t notice that as much inside as outside, on Willie Mays Plaza.  It was electric out there.  That might have had to do with the lights and mics and cords everywhere, but I prefer to think that it had to do with the crowd’s mood.  Mid-way through, a man in a suit started weaving through the crowd.  As he walked past me, I had an Omigod, is that…?  moment.  It was Gary Radnich, about to go on air with Chron Live.  Being the chicken that I am, I needed a little egging on, but I eventually asked him to sign my ball and he was very friendly and his unmistakable voice is even more unmistakable in person.  He told me that he can only stand Ralph Barbieri once a month, which I basically get, and posed for pictures and was totally nice to everyone.  I am firmly in the Gary Radnich camp from now on.  If you don’t like his show, switch your dial to 102.1 KDFC.  It’s what all the radios in my house were set to, until I changed them to KNBR 680.  Needless to say, there was some resistance to that.

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FP, the groom, with his best men.  That’s what their suits looked like.

Other celebrity sightings of the day are…

-          Dave Flemming, in the dugout wearing this beautiful, black coat.  He is the best dressed broadcaster, for sure.  I seriously nearly fainted when I saw him, just 20 feet away or so.  I listen to him every day.  I love him.  And his coat.

-          John Shea, in the press-box.  On computer.  Looking riveted.

-          Sean Astin.  Who I, sadly, did not actually sight.  But he was there.  That almost counts as a sighting, right?  I am not waiting for your answer on that one.

-          The Public House Patio.  That place is legendary.  It counts as a celebrity.  This was the first time I saw it.  Have not been on it yet, but that’s my next goal.

My brother also got a ball from Ramon Ramirez and I got a Darren Ford autograph.  Those don’t count as sightings though, because they weren’t incidental.

It was also save #47 for Wilson.  ::Cue House of Pain::

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This really deserves its own blog post but I want to talk about it in a timely way: Mat Latos’ controversial quote to the press.  “Baseball works in funny ways.  The only way I could honestly put it is, we could be like the Giants and go and change our whole lineup, put guys with ‘San Francisco Giants‘ across their jerseys.  We didn’t.  “We added two guys (Miguel Tejada and Ryan Ludwick).  We’ve been the same team all year.  We haven’t just gone and grabbed guys from other teams.”  You can hate me forever for saying this, but I basically agree.  It’s actually okay with me.  That’s how baseball works and it doesn’t make me angry, but it does make me a little bit sad.  The line-up is so different from opening day that it feels a little strange when Cody Ross hits a homerun.  Should I really be cheering for this guy?  For me, there’s no chemistry with the new guys (Cody Ross, Jose Guillen, Mike Fontenot, Pat Burrell are who I consider the new guys).  Everyone says the chemistry in the clubhouse is good, which is obviously what matters but I honestly have a hard time believing that.  I imagine some days it would feel like, Who are these guys, anyway?

I don’t think Latos was having sour grapes.  I think he was speaking his mind to the press, which may or may not have been the best thing to do right now, but I do agree with him.  What do ya’ll think?  And who’s going to listen to Uncle Gary tomorrow?

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