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Let’s Talk About What Mystery Grab Bags Generally Entail

Those of you who know me know that my favorite days of the year are as follows:

10.  The day the coffee is brewed when I wake up.

9.  Whatever arbitrary day it is that wearing all winter clothing and lots of scarves and snowkflake earrings becomes socially acceptable.

8.  The start of the various fashion weeks.  Especially Paris, before Dior went and hired a furniture designer as their head.  Still bitter.

7.  Opening Day is pretty rad.

6.  The day I get around to cleaning my mirror and realize my skin is not that bad.

5.  The day of the silly but still awesome Oscars.

4.  The day someone says something ridiculous and perfect at the Winter Meetings.

3.  The day Starbucks brings out their seasonal drinks.

2.  The day the bakery near my house starts making pumpkin rolls.

1.  All of these days are awesome.  But none of them match my unadulterated joy on that the Giants release their promotions and giveaways schedule for the coming season.  This day is better than the day pumpkineggnogpeppermint creations hit a café near you, so it’s pretty damn good.

Some gems this year are the fedora promotion from a couple years ago on steroids: a plaid fedora.  Plaid fedora.  Yes, I mean a plaid fedora.

Moving right along, they’re giving away magnet schedules which I don’t remember them doing recently, but I do know the Grizzlies did in 2010.  I used the magnet as a coaster and it was seriously the greatest giveaway on earth.  Oddly but definitely useful.  I only replaced it a few weeks ago with this wood-carving one which is nice, but not nearly as good at telling me who the Grizzlies are playing on May 15th, 2010.

There are the World Champions Umbrella and the World Series Parade Snow Globe, both of with kind of intrigue me, but neither of which are nearly as great as them Cubbies giving away lip balm last season.  (It was probably Theo’s idea.)

Lastly, of course, there’s the very first giveaway: the mystery grab bag.  I don’t really know what mystery grab bags generally entail, but if these ones don’t include a golden calf temporary tattoo à la Barry Zito, I’m throwing in the towel and becoming a Pirates fan.

Diamond Girl

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One Parade, Lots of Confetti and a Few Photos

What amazingly lucky fans we are.  I’ve gotten to blog about two World Series wins and now, two World Series parades.  I want to pinch myself, because that is marvelous and crazy.  Hats off to the 2012 Giants – an absolutely wonderful team that will leave us with memories for years to come.

After the parade was over, we got to walk down the middle of Market and confetti fell like snow.  Truly magical.

And why yes, I am carrying a coffee cup in each hand in my photo-op with The Adorable Little Brother.  No parade would be complete without two coffees.  Money on Hunter Pence agreeing with me.

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A Sense of Inevitability

Nearly 24 hours ago, now, the Giants became World Champions.  It always takes me a little while to collect my thoughts after a game like that, because there is so much to be said.  First of all…

Congratulations to the 2012 San Francisco Giants.

Not only are they World Champions, but they are a group of guys I could not be happier for.  To a man, they are all class acts and the kind of people I want to root for.  This team captured my heart in every way, even more than that 2010 team.  I mean, how on earth could you not be thrilled for Sergio Romo when he got to pitch the last one of the game?  How could you not be elated for Ryan Theriot (THE RIOT) and Marco Scutaro when they combined for the winning run in the 10th inning?

Just a magical, unexpected season – at least to me, maybe some of you wizkids expected it – and it’s still a little surreal to think it’s over.  The most amazing part to me, perhaps, is what Henry Schulman at the Chronicle called “a sense of inevitability” when the Giants had a commanding seven game lead with nineteen left to play.  That phrase stuck with me.  There was a moment when that inevitability began to set in during the regular season and to me, it never quite left.  Even against the wall versus Cincinnati and then against St. Louis.

When #RallyZito hit the scene, it took it to a whole new level: there was no way they could lose.  And they did not let us down.  They did not lose a game after that.  It was not luck.  This was quietly a very, very good team.  The best in the Major Leagues, in fact.

I think I’ll remember this as the postseason of rain, but also for the opponents we faced.  The Reds and Cardinals obviously put up quite a fight and I am sure, even as a Giants fan, the Tigers are better than they played.  See you next year, Motor City, because I have a feeling you’ll be back.

Lastly, I would like to thank all you marvelous people for following along through this season.  It’s always bittersweet when it comes to an end, even though this one is more sweet than bitter.  Still, it’s been a wonderful ride and not least of all for all your comments and tweets.  I am an enthusiastic offseason blogger, though, so you won’t have a chance to miss me.

See you all parading down Market on Wednesday – I will hopefully be a few inches taller than I am now.

Diamond Girl

p.s.  I will never stop using this GIF.

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My Grizzly Birthday!

Let’s just say we had some quality entertainment on the way down to Fresno.


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It was maddening and riveting at the same time and I can’t say I cried when Wilson blew the save.  My team spirit when he’s pitching basically disappears.  Can’t bring myself to root for him.  But when Rowand walked-off?  Oh yes.  I was cheering.

The game actually didn’t seem that weird to me.  The 2010 Giants did that kind of thing a whole lot and Wilson was, of course, totally torturous.  During the postseason, they blew past everyone but the team doesn’t usually do things the easy way.  And that can get ugly.  Not to be a downer, or anything. 

I’ll also admit that I’ve never watched a banner raising before, but that one was beautifully executed.  And the banner, when it was folded up, looked exactly like the fleece Giants blanket I made a while back.  And how many times do you think they practiced the cueing of We Are the Champions to get it right?  Because it was so right.

Anyway.  Fresno.  It was great.  Really, really, great and totally different.  We were two rows from the field, by the bullpen and it was so quiet you could probably have heard a pin drop.  The fans don’t cheer.  Ever so occasionally, they whistle (that’s trendy, I guess) but the PA’s attempts to get cheers going were totally in vain.  It really refocused the game, though, and I could hear Jackson Williams (catching in the bullpen) and an unidentified person who was spotting them talking which was entertainment in and of itself.  It was a pretty tight game but the Grizzlies lost to the Las Vegas 51s 4-1.  Emmanuel Burriss who was tearing it up and, frankly, just looks like a big leaguer, set a Grizzlies record with four stolen bases in one game. 

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It was absolutely freezing (what else is new?) and we spent most of the game discussing how Brian Sabean/Bobby Evans/Other Front Office People get down there from San Fran.  Because it’s a long drive.  I kind of think they have a rock star decked out helicopter.  Of maybe they just use the airport.

I did have one big problem with the game and that was the trivia question near the beginning:

Which Grizzly went to the Pirates in the Javier Lopez trade?

I’ll tell you which Grizzly.  The one who I changed my background to Pirates-themed for, for a day, because I am such a huge fan.  Joe Martinez.  They didn’t have to bring that up.  It’s an emotional subject for me.  The question was multiple choice and one of the answers was Eugenio Velez and the PA guy pronounced it Ay-oo-gene-ee-o.  Do you think he did that every night when Velez was there?  Because that would have driven me insane.

This was my first minor league game and two things really struck me.

First, that these guys are so close to being Major Leaguers- plenty of them have been called up sometime- and still they are in a totally different stratosphere down there.  Why is everyone so uninterested?  There’s a really fine line between these guys and MLB players.

Secondly, they didn’t seem huge into team spirit.  Which makes sense, but felt strange anyway.  Neither team seemed that interested in who was winning.  I guess it’s really about individual player performance (which, of course, include teamwork.  Just doesn’t depend on the team winning.) but it still bizarre to watch.

It was really a lovely birthday and felt deliciously old style.  Like that stadium experience might have been that way, way back when.

 

Flowers and birthdays are a match made in heaven.

Catch y’all later.  The (discriminatory) Orange and Black Attack Team are rocking tuxes and that is big news. 

Diamond Girl

p.s.  Cliffy and A-Rod’s year book photos?  Too cute.

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The Magic Lasted and the 2010 World Series Anthem

The magic totally lasted.  Congratulations to the darling, if bad-haired, 2010 World Champions, the San Francisco Giants! 

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Javier Lopez was quoted as saying “now I can shave!” and I am crossing my fingers that Brian Wilson will follow suit.  I will be much more enthusiastic rooting for my NL team next year if the beards disappear.  I also want to thank everyone who’s read and commented this year.  It’s been my first year blogging about baseball and using MLBlogs and what a fun time it’s been.  Hugs to you all and I’ll try to share some pictures of holiday desserts throughout the off-season to keep us all warm as we wait for next spring.  I’m planning to re-hash the 2010 season and then blog sporadically through the off-season.  Sporadically may turn into every day if something important and Barry Zito-related happens.  You have been warned.

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That’s right, fear is just the beginning.

Anyway.  Bad timing to stop rooting for the Giants much?  I was sad to see the series end in five and sad to see the Rangers lose, but I’m also happy for the Giants.  Happiness is not usually expressed by crying through the ninth inning, but I’m honestly just a little sad for the 2010 season to be over.  It’s been a long and weird and wonderful year in and out of baseball and I’m so glad I’ve had a chance to get to know the Rangers better.  Still, it’s fitting for the Giants to come out on top.  They’re weird and wonderful and this was their year.  Not Time quite yet.

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But can it be Time next year?  That was the greatest marketing slogan since “This changes everything.  Again.”  Actually, I think that iPhone 4 slogan came after “It’s Time” was coined, so my sentence is chronologically incorrect.  In any case, since I’m sure there have been a lot of people quoting and linking to both versions (the original and Ashkon’s) of Don’t Stop Believin’, I set out to find a theme song for the 2010 Rangers.  Yes, I know they lost but they still deserve a song.  And no, I did not record my own version.  So I found “When It’s Time” (so subtle, the title) which is obviously not perfectly fitted to the Rangers, but it feels like the team and this whole World Series to me.  Let’s just make the song the 2010 World Series anthem.

Dear Rangers and Giants,

It’s time to tell you something.  I love you.


 

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