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Why You Should All Be Getting a Goldfish, Pronto

For those of you who are not on Twitter (first of all, congratulations on actually having a life) things get a little crazy around the Trade Deadline.  It’s very, very easy to start a rumor over there and significantly harder to prove whether or not it’s true.  Also, us news-starved fans really want to believe that every Josh-Hamilton-to-the-Giants-for-a-minor-league-second-baseman rumor is true even if we know, not even that deep down, that it’s most definitely not.

So last night, the sports director for KPIX TV which is, apparently, our local CBS affiliate, tweeted that he had a source confirming a Hunter Pence to the Giants deal.  CSN’s Andrew Baggarly retweeted it and the rest is history.  Long story short, it appears that the story has no truth to it and no one was even sure, for a while, that the original Twitter account was legitimately connected to KPIX.  It seems that the account was real, just the news was not, but the whole thing was infinitely confusing.

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It was also a bad cap to an even worse weekend for the Giants fandom.  Being swept by the Dodgers is always bad, but at home, in the end of July, with a slim division lead is seriously pretty terrible. It’s also a matter of being so close to the Trade Deadline, I think, because this series is not indicative of the Giants in general, but this is a moment when everyone wants to gauge their team – the strengths, the weaknesses.  Ideally, we’d look back over the whole season and get a sense of where we are and who we are, but the world is not ideal and the microscope naturally falls on what’ s happening right this moment.  With so much up in the air and Pablo Sandoval and Hector Sanchez injured (by the way, my view on the impact of Sanchez being on the DL has morphed, because the repercussions have made it a bigger deal than I expected), it’s hard not to feel like the team has to do loads, right this moment.

Which is why “waivers” is rapidly becoming my new favorite word.  Because the Trade Deadline isn’t the be all end all, remember?

Also, just like your Facebook friend who says her life is absolutely awesome, your Twitter friend who says the Giants are absolutely trading for completely-awesome player might just be lying.  Or misinformed.  But probably lying, because we’re baseball fans and we’re pessimists.

My advice is to get a hobby like tending goldfish or basket-weaving because this is kind of insanity-inducing if you get too into it.  Goldfish, on the other hand, are lovely little creatures who are not concerned with CBAs and ownership approval.

Diamond Girl

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Game of Thrones Bashing, Grammar Nazi-ing and MLB Fan Cave Hating

Big headlines these past few days:  the aces have back stiffness and beat writers take bad iPhone photos.  Which is to say, this Spring Training has been pretty eventful so far.  In bad ways (the former) and good ways (the latter).

At first, I felt pretty much the same way about Lincecum’s back stiffness as I did about Vogelsong’s: absolutely panicked.  But then I read Bruce Bochy said that this is really totally normal for Spring Training and nothing to be alarmed about and I had a big old epiphany and realized there was no need to start pulling my hair out.  Besides, if I start now, I’ll have none left for Opening Day, let alone the stretch run.  I have 18 inches of hair, but even 18 inches can be taken down with a whole lot of pulling.

As for the beat writers, the controversy is honestly a wee bit baffling to me.  I don’t want to link to the site directly because as a blogger, I know how I relish page hits but you can check out another article about how whole thing here.  Mostly, the TwitPics are bad.  I get that.  We all get that.  But I also don’t get the level of outrage it’s stirring up within the legions of fans.  Why do we need fab photos of Brian Wilson’s first bullpen sessions?  Can’t our imaginations do just as good a job?

Okay, maybe not.  But then if we do get a photo and it’s terrible and blurry, “grin and bear it” comes to mind.  Anyone who uses a digital camera vs. a phone camera knows the hassle associated with getting a photo from a digital camera onto Twitter.  Reality, is Twitter is built for mobile devices.

Aside from the quality, people are also getting up and arms about the subject matter.  Apparently people get sick of feel-good-nice-little-moments photos fast.  To which I have to say, shall we comb through your Twitter feed and find the time you live-tweeted Game of Thrones?  Or the time you tweeted photos of your breakfast every day for three weeks?   Or the time you retweeted the infamous pigeon twitter account saying “coo coo coo”?  Not judging here, you’re allowed to admit your weakness for George R.R. Martin and I will not comment despite my loathing of him.  My point is just that we’ve all done something along those lines.  If a beat writer is overzealous and nostalgic about Spring Training, “grin and bear it” comes to mind once more.

Just goes to show that if Timmy talked more about his In-N-Out we would all have less time on our hands to get preoccupied about things like this and the (baseball) world would be a much better place.  You listening, Freak/Franchise/Guy With Long Hair Who May Soon Have Short Hair?

Last but not least, I feel I should share my vote on the MLB Fan Cave so you all can go vote accordingly, of course.  I’m going to have to disappoint though and so my vote goes to (drum roll, please):  no one.  I really did try to put aside that I think the Cave ranks up there with Tom Cruise on Oprah as one of the worst publicity stunts of all time and go look for someone to vote for today, but I came up short.  Why?  My mellowing out plan went sour when some overwhelming percentage of the 50 finalists said, “I am someone that.”  At which point my grammar Nazi alarm bells went off in my head because people are not “that”s they are “who”s!  What are they teaching kids in schools… ten years ago when these hipsters were in them?

I ask you.

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About The AL Central (Yes, My Detroit Pride Strikes Again)

What’s that you say?  San Francisco has won two in a row, Timmy is in tip-top shape, Eli Whiteside is maybe-kinda-sorta stepping up to the plate (sorry, lame pun), they’re tied with Arizona for first place and the sun is still rising in the morning and setting in the evening?  Impossible.

Bizarrely enough, it’s true.

Timmy being good is not really surprising at all.  Vogey gets less unexpected by the five days.   Eli, I have always had a deep trust for, so while the rest of the world rocks, I am listening to Enya in peaceful serenity.

That’s why I like the Giants.  Rooting for underdogs is rewarded.  Never mind the waterfall-of-tears-inducing examples of Joey Martinez and Eugenio Velez, okay?

Anyway.  That’s all ancient history.  In reality, the Giants are now going on the road to face the Indians [correction: staying at home to face the Indians!  I was assuming the road, for some reason.], which I am scared about.  The Indians are the team who I cannot name one player from (sad?  Yes.) but who are sort of tearing up the Majors this year.  In case you need your AL Central dose (doubtful) Detroit has given them a bit of a run and they’re currently a game back in second place.  I am, of course, rooting for the Tigers because of Chrysler’s brilliant ad campaign that sparked Detroit pride in me.  I am, of course, rooting for the Tigers because of Chrysler’s brilliant ad campaign that sparked Detroit pride in me.  Weird, I know.  I’ve never been within a hundred mile radius of the city.  I am just an ad lover/sucker.

Speaking of innovative ads and by extension innovative technology?  I got the June/July issue of Fast Company today (Read it.  I mean it.  Best magazine currently on Planet Earth.) and they have an article called “Clash of the Tech Titans” about celebrities breaking onto the social media scene.  Guess who was in it?

They compare his triumphant return to Twitter to “the digital equivalent of watching a supermarket ribbon cutting.”  I agree.  Personally, you know I’m not Wilson fan, but I haven’t heard positive praise for his Twitter from even the biggest Wilson-ites.  He’s a big, popular, profitable personality and I’ve been surprised to see how little he’s utilized his Twitter account.   Bryan Srabian, the Giants Social Media director (I’m going to say it.  Is his name a joke?  I mean, really?  Way to close to Sabean Himself for comfort.)  needs to get on him!

You know what I really want to see?  Jeremy Affeldt tweeting him stuff about human trafficking in Thailand and then Brian tweeting back the clip of his appearance on George Lopez.

Okay, snarkyness over.

Have a great Thursday evening and wish me luck pedal-boating tomorrow.  If I overturn, it’ll be The Sister’s fault, right?

Diamond Girl

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Why I Don’t Buy the Zito Article and What I Would Do If I Were Sitting Five Rows Away from Dave Dombrowski

As if John Galliano and Charlie Sheen (sorry.   I promised myself to be the only blog in blogosphere not to mention him.  But I just had to.) aren’t enough, Coco Crisp was arrested early this morning from driving under the influence.  I was, of course, sad to hear it.  I’m not particularly a fan of his, but I do follow him on Twitter which, in a bizarre way, makes me feel like I know him.  This isn’t incredibly rare at Spring Training.  Just sad.

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I would also like to say that although I have the utmost respect for Bruce Jenkins, his story from this morning seems really, really iffy.  “A source close to the team indicated Tuesday that there is ‘exasperation’ with Zito, that his status as the No. 5 starter is ‘”definitely not safe.’”  What does that even mean?  Source close to the team?  Indicated?  I have no doubt the Giants are exploring options and don’t necessarily want Zito around, but I really doubt anyone in the organization told Jenkins that.  The story was just to stir up interest and, of course, page hits (hey, I just liked to it above).  The closed door meeting with Bochy and Zito probably was a little tense, because it’s not a fun situation for anyone.  But it seems Zito is trying to do this with a good attitude and is working hard and all parties involved are trying to stop this from getting ugly.

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At least the socks are brighter than ever.

Honestly, maybe it would be best for Zito to leave the Giants.  A change of scenery might be a godsend.  But either way, it’s really, really too early judge Barry 2011.

Let’s end on a happier note by just saying that if I could sit five rows away from Dave Dombrowski , I would faint.  Or I might just go up to him and tell him he should have sent Galarraga to the Giants, not the Diamondbacks.

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My eyes are crossing.

My eyes are crossing.

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My Twitter feed is exploding with tweets about people who I’ve really, totally never heard of and their arbitration deals.  I mean, why did nobody warn me that today is The Ultimate Arbitration Day?  A little warning would have softened the blow and I would have done a cucumber treatment on my eyes last night in preparation for the exploding Twitter feed thing.

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I had a dream last night that the Rangers re-signed Bengie Molina and it made me wonder if there’s any news on him.  Google News search ensues.  No news.  In the dream I was also stumbling across the field at AT&T Park, which was made out of that bizarre springy material they have on playgrounds, in these nightmarishly high shoes.  Yeah.  Bengie being re-signed was the only nice part of the dream.

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So what’s the weirdest baseball dream you’ve ever had?  As you probably know, I dream a good deal about baseball.  Especially in the offseason.  Do share, beautiful people.  And sweet dreams to all.

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