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Karma and Manic Panic and Wookiees

I distinctly remember writing a blog post called 10 Possible Reasons People Walk Off Against the Giants So Much last June.  It’s May 9th and karma is proving that it exists and if you haven’t been to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, go right now.  There’s lots of fabulous stuff about karma in addition to which it’s a completely lovely museum and they have a glass elevator and stuff.  So, seriously.  Go.

Back to the point: an uncomfortable number of people walked off against the Giants last June or thereabouts.   (I’m trusting my blog on this one.  I have the memory of goldfish and can’t distinctly remember much of anything about last June.  But still.)  So now here it is, May 2013 and the Giants have turned that on its head and walked off about a million times so far this season.  5, to be exact.

Not bad, eh?

There’s a lot of panic – not the neon hairdye manic kind, get your mind out of the hipster gutter – about the starting pitching because it hasn’t been that good at all.  But I mean, while there’s Hunter Pence and hopefully more of his kind on whatever alien planet he came from who are just waiting for the right alignment of the stars to come down to earth and help us, things should be okay.

Speaking of more Hunter Pences, was I the only person who was dead convinced that Chewbecca was the only/last of his kind until all the wookiees appeared… at some point in the series?  (Er, can’t say I remember when that is, exactly.)  Anyway, I like to think Hunter Pence is the same way.  We’re all resigned to the fact he’s the only one and then in the nick of time a whole bunch of them descend.

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Well, that’s probably enough for now.  If I missed some important news, apologies, but there are like thousands of little baseball sites here on the internet so we’ll probably all survive.

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10 Possible Reasons People Walk Off Against the Giants So Much

(Okay, so much might be an overstatement.  But once is too many.  Once traumatizes me enough to write a blog post.  And it’s been at least two times this year, so I’m overdue.  Therefore, I present to you: my semi-reprinted blog post from May 21st, last year.  You can read the original right here.  Then proceed.)

10.  The opposing teams are being paid off to not just win, but walk-off win. There are a lot of suspects for this.  The TV networks.  Or B-Squad players who want more innings and opportunities.  Or ridiculously wealthy season ticket holders who want excitement and a little more bang for their buck.  Or, as applies to the Mariners, Starbucks.  They’re from Seattle, right?  So maybe they sell more espressos when there are walk-offs or something.

9.  They have a strange condition like Bella Swan (Twilight, anyone?) that leads them to thrill seek.

8.  Josh Byrnes/Ned Colletti/Kevin Towers/Daniel O’Dowd put their heads together and put a spell on the Giants so that they would not just lose, but lose in cruel and unusual ways.  I know, I love those guys too!

7.  It’s totally random and there is no explanation.

6.  Walk-off win years happen every so, we-get-walked-off-against-years happen every so often too.   I’m not real strong on math, so maybe some probability experts could take it from here?

5.  The Giants are doing it on purpose, because they’re on a mission to prove to Sabes that they really have no offense and they really need to do tons of trades and things before they will be good.

4.  They’re borderline really good, which is why they lose so closely.  (Encouraging, right?  Kinda-sorta.)

3.  They peak too early.  By inning 9, they’ve done everything they’re going to do.  I don’t totally buy this but, hey, they say it all the time about political candidates and everyone knows the politics media is smartsmart.

2.  Karma for giving out Orange-and-Black Fedoras at AT&T Park last season.  Doing evil things can cause you to be cursed, you know.

1.  It’s something in the water.  My vote goes to that.

I need to go lust after pictures of Angels Stadium now.  I am rather partial to that place, although not its inhabitants.  Note to any Giants fans who might be down there for the series: it’s quite lovely, but also Weird with a capital W.  Like, Twilight-Zone weird.  It’s something in the atmosphere.  You’ll know if you go.  Or maybe it was just a fluke the night I was there and you’ll leave thinking, She is cray-zee.  Which I might be.  But that place is still weird.

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Offseason Nostalgia: My First Baseball Game

Every baseball fan I talk to has some beautiful story about the first baseball game they went to and how it made them fall in love with the game.  My story, not so much.   But since it’s January and it’s been months since an MLB game, I feel the need to tell it.

It was the summer I was eight or nine years old and had relatives visiting from Europe, who wanted to get the all-American experience and go to a baseball game.  A’s tickets were cheaper than Giants tickets and BART went straight to the Coliseum, so we chose Oakland.   It was versus the Toronto Blue Jays.  Trying to get nine people (five children, no less) anywhere isn’t easy and we got there late.  It took a while to get tickets once there and the only block of nine seats was, you know, not an ideal place to sit.  A.K.A., under an overhang where you couldn’t really see anything and it was freezing cold.  We finally got up to our seats and everyone was cheering.  Huh?  Someone explained that there had been a leadoff home run.   We got our hot dogs and settled in.  Nothing happened.  For a long, long time.  It was a really, really, incredibly boring game.  My parents decided to beat the crowds and leave early.  We left before the bottom of the ninth and as we stood on the BART platform a man turned to us and asked, “Did you just leave the A’s game?”  We told him we had.  And he told us the A’s had just walked off.   Bam.  We missed the only runs of the game.

I did not go back to a baseball game for a several years come.  I didn’t have a very favorable impression of Major League Baseball.  Until… well, the rest is history.

So do you have a rosier story to tell about your first ballgame?  Do share in the comments.

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And the MLB Hair Awards Go To…

The Giants walked off against the Padres on Saturday.  Very exciting.  But what were the first words out of my brother’s mouth when the team stormed out of the dugout? 

“Look at Burrell’s hair!”

Explanation needed, right?  Because earlier in the broadcast the play-by-play guys had said that Burrell keeps his hat or helmet off in the dugout because he thinks he has the best hair in Major League baseball.  ::Alarm bells go off in Diamond Girl’s head::

 
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I couldn’t find a source on Burrell’s quote on the internet, so don’t hold me to it.  But I, of course, thought, “no way!”  So here are my MLB hair awards.

Best hair:  CJ Wilson, of the Texas Rangers

I have become a Rangers fan.  Not just ’cause of Wilson’s hair.  Bengie is there too.

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Most in Need of a Hair-Cut: Tim Lincecum, of the San Francisco Giants

Here’s the deal: Tim Lincecum has a long face.  Long face + long hair + long pants = you look long.  Which is a style, I guess, but I would at least recommend a trim, if not a serious navy cut.  I think he’d look great, like that.  He could also use shorter pants, but we’re talking hair, here, not fashion. 

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Best Electrocuted Hair: Freddy Sanchez of the San Francisco Giants

As mentioned in my last post.  Gotta wonder how much gel he uses, because it stands up even after hours under his hat.  If he ever needs a new gel, though, I could recommend some fantastic stuff that I use from time to time, to hold curls.  I’ve tried it out to spike my brother’s hair a little and it works well for that too.

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Wickedly Craziest Hair: Barry Zito of (who else?) the San Francisco Giants.

On his website bio, Zito says, “the owner of some wickedly crazy hair.”  This photo is from his website, evidently to illustrate his point. 

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Most in Need of Growing Out Hair:  Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees

Picture is from the Eclipse premiere.  Yep, the Eclipse premiere.  Is A-Rod Team Jacob or Team Edward?  I have some issues with his sunglasses as well, but again, hair not fashion.

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Most in Need of a Haircut and a Shave: Corey Hart of the Milwaukee Brewers

I could not, unfortunately find a picture of him sans hat or helmet, but this should give you a sense.

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Most in Need of a Dye-Job: Juan Uribe of the San Francisco Giants

He doesn’t just need a dye job, he needs dye job to replace this one.  Come on, why blonde hair, Oo?

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Hair: Brian Wilson of the San Francisco Giants

Hair.  Not best, not weirdest.  Just hair.  The t-shirt is fantastic as well.  It’s vote for Row.  As in Rowand.  But the goatee is basically horrible.  So ’08. 

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Okay, gals and guys.  Here we go.  Who do your hair awards go to?  They can be from any team and in any category; new categories are fine, as long as it’s someone who has spent time as a major or minor league player. 

X’s and O’s, friends.

Diamond Girl

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