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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.

Diamond Girl

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And I Am Not Making This Up

Yu Darvish was named a finalist for the AL Rookie of the Year award this evening.

Photo proof.  It’s for reals.  I’m not making this up, guys.  You can read about it ici.

That is all.  Thank you, ladies and gentleman, and good night.

Diamond Girl

p.s.  Oh, and Buster Posey was named a finalist for MVP.  Butweallknewthatwasgoingtohappen.

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Hello from Red Sox Nation!

Seriously, guys.  Everyone here is a Red Sox fan.  Everyone.  And if they’re not a Red Sox fan, they still hate the Yankees.  It’s a little bit eerie, actually.  As I landed in Boston yesterday, a woman behind me was filling in her kids on the Sox game and said something about Cody Ross.  I was this close to turning around and being all, “2010 World Series, baby!” when I realized that I was in Boston now and they were not the least bit interested in the 2010 World Series.  I picked up my black-and-white checkered tote and zipped my lips.

I missed last night’s game because being a West Coast fan on the East Coast is horrible and I couldn’t stay awake, but I hear it was quite depressing anyway.  I would be lying if I said I was all sad about missing it.  Interleague Play has not treated us terribly well so far this year and I’m more nervous than I should be, heading into the Bay Bridge Matchup.  Series loss to the Rangers, series loss to the Mariners and now a series loss to the Angels.  When this Giants team is good, it’s really, really good.  But when it’s bad?  It’s really, really bad.  Not that there were’t good things about last night’s game and the past few series’ in general – Vogelsong did pretty much the best he could have, three runs over seven innings – but otherwise, they just seem off, for lack of a better word.  Everyone’s healthy, but not everyone’s good.

Also, the Angels of Anaheim are doing better than they should be.  It helps that the Rangers are 9-1 in their last 10, but the Angels are also 7-3 and exactly five games back.  Too close for comfort?  Yes.

The Giants meanwhile, are 4-6 in their last 10, but that’s exactly the same as the Dodgers, so nothing is too disastrous after all.  San Francisco is four games back from first place and heading into a series against the A’s who, while they might be hot right now, are sure to cool off sometime.  And starting tomorrow is sure to be “sometime”.

Am I not the best inspirational speaker in the history of the Giants blogosphere?  (Admittedly short history, but still.)

Go Red So– aah.  No.  This city is not getting to me.

Diamond Girl

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Why I’m Going to Be Getting a Bad Case of the East Coast Bias

First, a public service announcement. I am heading off to the East Coast tomorrow for ten days and may or may not be blogging. As previously discussed, WiFi seems to be a commodity on the other side of the nation so we shall see. In any case, you can bet on your life that I will spend an WiFi time huddled around my iPod, checking the Giants score and any San Fran gossip I can get my hands on, on Twitter. I shall not disappear entirely, although if I catch a case of the famed East Coast Bias (high likelihood, guys) you may wish I had disappeared entirely.

Either way, I am going to Fenway – by all means, die of jealousy – and will share all my pictures when I get home. Assuming I get home. And am not eaten by cannibals. (Distinct possibility.) ‘K? ‘K. Now that that’s out of the way…

The Giants kicked off the World Series rematch and, um, has anyone else noticed that we play the AL West a lot a lot in the World Series? Or maybe my East Coast Bias hasn’t kicked in yet and I’m deluding myself. But seriously, every Interleague series this year is a World Series rematch aside from the Mariners who, no offense to them ‘cause I’m sure they’re fantastic guys, don’t count. Anyway, Cain was far from perfect last night but the team came together to squeeze out a win by a final of 5-3. The bullpen was absolutely stellar and even the Orwellian attendants at Angels Stadium could not bring them down. There was some nice circumstantial hitting – yes, I just said circumstantial hitting, shoot me now – from a variety of fabulous Giants.

I have to get going for the dreaded packing before I settle in for tonight’s game, but before I do, I’d like to send out thoughts and prayers to the Angels pitcher Jerome Williams, who is in the hospital right now after experiencing breathing difficulty following last night’s game. There are few things more frightening than breathing difficulty and I hope that Jerome has a full and speedy recovery.

Now let’s go Zito! There are few pitchers who need to be beat right now more than CJ Wilson, says the San Francisco Rangers fan. Either way, this matchup of them quirky lefties should be a lot of fun.

Diamond Girl

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13-Minute Cupcakes and Assorted Rangers Pitchers

When I looked at the probable pitchers for this weekend’s Rangers-Giants series, I was disappointed.  If Twitter is any measure of the general population’s opinions (which it, well, isn’t, but no matter), a lot of other people were too.  Why?  Because we all wanted to see Yu.  Not you.  You’re awesome and all, and it’s not you it’s me… but I’m talking Yu Darvish.  Because he is pretty much the best thing to happen to Major League Baseball since Ryan Braun’s haircut.  When I saw, then, that he was starting in Oakland today, my fingers were on StubHub in record time and soon enough, I had tickets and had suckered my family into dropping everything and coming with me.  I have a delightful family, on occasion.

I got to the O.Co Coliseum sort of, um, early because apparently they open the gates an hour and a half before gametime, rather than two full hours, like they generally do in civilized pla— I mean, AT&T Park.  I’ve never been to Arlington, Texas but I imagine it’s something like it was in Oakland today.  Rangers.  Fans.  Everywhere.  It was kind of weird, but kind of fantastic.

Anyhow, for reasons I discovered and will explain later, My Favorite Ranger Ever (as much as I love Yu, this one goes to Alexi Ogando) was throwing a bullpen session when I did get into the stadium.  I was, oh, four feet away from him and it ranks up there in Greatest Moment of Emily’s Life, right up with the time I made cupcakes from scratch in just under thirteen minutes.  True story.

Pictures or it didn’t happen, you say?  Okay, I say.  I will gladly oblige.

Also, isn’t their Rangers-themed ball bag the cutest thing on earth?  I want one.  Even though I don’t really tote around baseballs.  Ever.  Still, I bet it could double as a fab makeup bag.

I would once more like to say thankyouAJPrelleryouarethebestandsoisAlexitheend.

The game itself was not nearly as fun.  Yu was not in tiptop Yu shape and sort of seemed to forget where the strike zone was, midway through.  Josh Hamilton, in good ol’ Josh Hamilton fashion, hit a double and Beltre singled him in, for the only Rangers run of the game.  I like the A’s just fine under normal circumstances… normal circumstances being when they are not scoring seven runs off of Texas.  I glowered into my avocado sandwich for a while and then the Yu jokes started and I had a good time.

All with one eye, of course, on the out-of-town scoreboard.  Yes, guys, I’m still a Giants fan, believe it or not!  It was getaway day in San Diego and the Giants had their first three-homer game since the beginning of April at Coors Field and they, you know, have a humidor and things so that doesn’t really count.  Today, it was the magical and marvelous combo of Buster Posey, Gregor Blanco and Angel Pagan.  Good times, eh?  The Giants head into this weekend’s matchup with the exact same record as the Rangers, by some fate:  33 wins, 25 losses.

To say I cannot wait would be a massive understatement.  Sure, my loyalties are a bit messy, but the games are also sure to be loads of fun.  And yes, Alexi is starting on Sunday, in place of newly-DL’ed Derek Holland.  Which is why he was throwing a bullpen.  So he can mow down the Giants.  Yep, messy loyalties, indeed.

Diamond Girl

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