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10 Things I Love About the Offseason

Not a slow news day!  Huff was resigned to a two year deal, with option for 2013 and Josh Hamilton won the AL MVP Award.  Huge congratulations to him.  I am totally wearing my antlers around town today.

The (sort of) eternal optimist that I am, I decided to come up with 10 Things I Love About the Offseason.  It was actually surprisingly easy.  I’ve discovered there are plenty of things to love about the offseason.  Optimism is good.  And the offseason isn’t too bad either.

10.  The promise of the coming season.  I mean, the Pirates could go to the World Series next year.  Even just a few weeks into season, some hopes start to disappear.  Obviously for Giants fans, we didn’t really want that season to end, but if your team finished anything short of a championship win, the promise of the new season is beautiful.

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9.  I don’t go through gum as fast, because I’m less on edge.  Being a gum addict for half the year, but it’s nice to have a little respite.

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8.  I’m a bit of a player transaction geek, so I love reading about the GM meetings and the Winter Meetings.  I also love to “oogle the player in his new jersey!” press conferences.

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7.  I get to slip into the glazed-over-eyes-I-don’t-get-sports-give-me-a-Gucci-handbag-please mode when people are talking about football, basketball or worst, boxing.  I do not get boxing at all.  I would rather shop at The Gap than hear about boxing and I really hate The Gap.  I started hated them even more after the new logo thing.  Graphic designer nightmare.

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6.  Bandwagon fans start to disappear a few weeks into the offseason.  Which is a relief for hardcore people.

 

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5.  I also come across as a semi (believe me, only semi) normal person when I wear my antlers.  It’s almost Christmas time, so I can pass as a Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer enthusiast.  Do those even exist?

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A new Giants calendar comes out.  The one I currently have has Fred Lewis and other so-pre-Championship-era people on it and I’ve been waiting for the updated, 2011 one to come out.  The old one does, however, feature Wilson sans beard which is a lovely thing.  You win some, you lose some.

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3.  All the award announcements rule.  As lamely as they’re announced, it’s still a fun and interesting time of year.  We do really need a red carpet award show for MLB, though, as I’ve discussed previously.  I think Bumgarner should go after a Taylor Lautner look- traditional with some hip flair.


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And Jon Daniels should rock a tough look, like Justin Timberlake at the VMA’s.


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And when I open the show, I would, of course, be wearing Carey-Mulligan-similar Prada (2010 Oscars).  Or something vintage, like Penelope Cruz (2009 Oscars).

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Would I lose all my blog readers if I did a whole post on what baseball players should wear to a potential MLB red carpet event?

2.  Anyway!  Onwards from clothes!  Well, actually… another good thing about the offseason is that I can go back to wearing colors that compliment my complexion more.  A.K.A., not orange.  I show my pride more subtly in black this time of year.

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 1.  And last but not least, I love how it makes me appreciate the season.  The season wouldn’t be special without the offseason.  So I’m relishing this for all the reasons above and catching snowflakes on my tongue.  (Well, I would be if it snowed in the Bay Area.  More like catching raindrops on my tongue which is not a superior experience to drinking water, so…)

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So what am I missing on this list?  What do you love about the offseason?

Wishing everyone in the MLBlogs community a lovely Thanksgiving.  No, I will not be hitting the shops on Black Friday.  As much as I love to shop, I hate crowds and can never find anything that fits me even when the stores are totally stocked.  Cyber Monday is more my style.  I’m a Gen Z-er through and through!

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In Which I am Dwarfed by a Buster Posey Poster, on Boycotting Sports Organizations and What Giants Beat Writers Should be Saying

Me and my Buster Posey poster!

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I won it (it’s limited edition, no less) in a Twitter giveaway from the Fresno Grizzlies, the Giants AAA affiliate.  It was really hard to get a good picture of me with the poster because from a lot of angles it dwarfed me.  In reality, he’s… ahem, a foot taller than me.  He might dwarf me in person too.  As y’all know, I’m not really a huge Posey fan- so this may or may not join my enormous Return of the King poster on my walls- but I have to admit this is a pretty nice lookin’ poster. 

I also learned today that my grandparents, White Sox fans, but longtime Dodger season-ticket holders have decided not to get season tickets for the 2011 season because they’re disgusted with the organization and feel they basically aren’t trying.  It’s essentially what I did during the World Series, switching allegiances because I was unhappy with the organization, although obviously the Giants were winning.  But I’m curious: have any of you ever boycotted a sports organization (literally, by not patronizing them or just by not rooting for them) because you were unhappy with the management?  Comment and let me know. 

Giants fans and writers seem to be going a little crazy waiting for Sabean to make, you know, at least one move and every Bay Area  beat writer wrote their 1,000th “Why We Need Huff and Uribe” article.  Time for a new line.  Like, “Why We Need Ryan Braun”.  Just an example.

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30 Reasons I, Usually a Giants Fan, am Rooting for the Rangers in the World Series

I am confirming the rumors circulated by TMZ for the past few days.  I am indeed rooting for the Rangers in the World Series.  Normally, they’re my AL team and the Giants are my NL team and there’s not a problem, but since they are now matched up, I’ve had to choose.  And while I have loyalties with both, I’ve realized I am really rooting for the Rangers.  Because my orange and black co-conspirators may have a hard time understanding why, I’ve come up with 30 reasons. 

 

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30.  Elvis Andrus has a hair related superstition going, but his hair still looks good.

29.  “It’s Time” is easier and quicker to say than “It’s Magic Inside”.

28.  In contrast to Halloween colors, no one will think I’m celebrating a holiday if I wear blue and red.

27.  I like saying y’all.

:: Diamond Girl thinks, Did I really commit to writing 30 of these?  Is it too late to go and edit the title to 20 or better yet, 15?::

26.  CJ Wilson is the best dressed MLB player and he has the best hair in MLB to boot.

25.  Ron Washington gets so into it and he gives good postgame interviews.

24.  Fans of other teams who are taking sides are all siding with the Giants and you know me, I dig the underdog.

23.  Bengie is in Arlington.  I love Bengie, duh, I love the Rangers.

24.  And okay, yes, J.D. has something to do with it too.

23.  Their closer does not have hideous facial hair.

22.  And for that matter, neither does their bullpen.

21.  And Ian Kinsler has a nice haircut.

20.  But my choices are not as influenced by hair as I may be leading you to believe.

19.  Because I love Nolan Ryan too.  And he has hardly any hair at all.  So there.  ::Diamond Girl nods proudly to herself.::

18.  I hate the term “good backstory” being used about baseball players, but if anyone has one, Josh Hamilton does.  And it ain’t rodeo clown related.

17.  And yes, I have moments where I feel like a traitor.  And yes, it has something to do with the betrayed look my family has taken to giving me.  (Kidding.  They are all very sweet about it.  And my father and sister are rooting for the Rangers too.)

16.  And okay, yes, J.D. has something to do with it too.

15.  The name, as I have stated in previous posts, makes me think of Aragorn and by extension, Lord of the Rings.  I will never root against anyone or anything that makes me think of Aragorn and by extension, Lord of the Rings.

14.  Neftali Feliz is a beautiful name.  I like names that are fun to say and pretty to write.  But that does not make me an un-serious fan.

13.  Everything is a first in Arlington right now.  How awesome and incredible is that to watch?  It’s not like they’re facing the Yankees (yes, I know that’s impossible since they’re both in the AL, I’m just using the example) but the Giants were in a World Series just eight years ago.  Seems like nothing compared to what them Texans have gone through.

12.  They’re a gorgeously strong team.  Coming out of the weak AL West, where they would have only needed to be a few games over .500 to make the playoffs, they beat the Rays and the Yanks which is no small feat.

11.  It can never be said too many times:  the antlers rule.

10.  And so does the claw.  New easiest way to make a San Franciscan angry is to give them the claw.

9.  And okay, yes, J.D. has something to do with it too.

8.  The giant smiles on Josh Hamilton’s face when the team is doing well should be enough to convert anyone.

7.  And who can root against Vladdy?  (Answer:  No one.)

6.  Because they sprayed ginger ale on Hamilton and CJ.  I love that.  I adore that.  That joins the list of Things that Rule.

5.  The Rangers are in the spotlight.  Can’t ignore something like that, now can we?

4.  Boy gets drafted.  Nobody likes boy.  Boy goes to Japanese league.  Everyone likes boy.  Boy goes to Texas Rangers and pitches incredibly.  Boy goes to World Series.  Boy is named Colby Lewis. 

3.  Formerly bankrupt people always come out on top.  Kind of.  Sort of.  Well, in this case.  They have almost come out on top.

2.  And okay, yes, J.D. has something to do with it too.

1.  ‘Cause It’s Time.  And y’all can’t argue with that.

 

 

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Who is now a Ranger fan?

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To Watchers of Glee and Why Diamond Girl is Disappearing to the Deserts of Africa (aka, NYC)

Sorry for the third person deal in the title, by the way.  It’s incredibly cheesy and corny but necessary in this situation.  Forgive me, please.

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Graphic designer nightmare.  Those colors really clash.

Anyway, that was a good game.  A very good game.  I love it when they win low-scoring games, because that feels like the real Giants and if they’re going to win it all, I think that will be how.  (Not jinxing anything by saying that.  Can you even jinx something without believing in jinxes?)  But I was sort of annoyed the entire game because it was an afternoon game reportedly because of a Glee re-run this evening.  Glee re-run.  I’m not a Glee watcher or a Glee hater.  I am generally ambiguous on the topic.  But seriously.  Playoff baseball is important in a way Glee re-runs are not.  Just to add insult to injury the broadcasters kept hyping the show.  And the fact that a random football game got more TV viewers than a historical pitching matchup in a playoff game?  I’m not usually a confrontational person but I would like to confront people who watch football or Glee over baseball.

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Anything can happen in baseball, obviously, and the Phillies and Yankees are far from eliminated, but who actually thought we might get a Giants vs. Rangers (and therefore Buster vs. Bengie) World Series, when Bengie got traded to an AL Team?  I think it crossed all our minds but we didn’t think it could really happen.  It could really happen.  And it is Totally Time for Texas, so…

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Speaking of the Bronx Bombers, I’m heading out to Yankee Town (NYC)  tomorrow morning for a week and will have limited internet (aka, few or no blog posts) and probably no television (aka, I will not be able to watch games).  You would think I’m going to the desert in Africa or something, from that description, but I’m going to be living in the Stone Age in one of the world’s biggest cities.  Life is weird, sometimes.

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Diamond Girl, rocking volumized hair in the Sahara Desert.

I’m planning to make the most of the trip and take a tour of Shea Stad–sorry, City Field. (Update: just realized that silly auto-correct changed it from Citi to City.  Yeah, I know it’s not spelled that way.  But instead of changing it I would like to display the beauty of auto-correct.  Observe and enjoy.)  I also may attempt to climb the fences of Yankee Stadium because they don’t do tours doing the postseason and I’m not buying tickets because I’m hoping to spend my life savings on something a little more worthy.  (What’s more worthy than MLB postseason tickets?  I’ll get back to you on that.)

If anyone has any on-topic (baseball related) or off-topic (not baseball related, ::cue gasps::)recommendations for places to go in NYC, feel free to leave ‘em in the comments.  And I will be back here to tell ya’ll about my idea for a Long Hair vs. Short Hair World Series, sooner or later.

X’s and O’s to all,

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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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