Here is the opening to my column about Tim Lincecum, relief pitcher:


Tim Lincecum trotted in from the bullpen in the bottom of the fourth. It was still a game then, the Giants up 3-2 although they would win 8-3. This was no cameo appearance, no throwaway role, not garbage time.

When Lincecum reached the mound, he kicked the rubber and dug his groove in the red dirt. He threw his practice pitches to Hector Sanchez, always working from the stretch, his dark hair flying out behind his cap. Just when you thought he’d pitch, he turned his back to the batter — Ryan Ludwick — and kneeled down and tied his shoes. He was wearing baseball cleats, but you imagined him in Keds and you imagined him 13 years old. From certain angles, he looks 13.

Lincecum struck out Ludwick swinging, just toyed with Ludwick who had hit a home run earlier. He pitched 4« innings and gave up two hits and one run and he won the game.

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  1. Pablo

    Great article Lowell, thanks for the good read.

    I heard you asking questions in the video clip of the presser Bochy had after Wednesday’s game.

    Continue riding your bike. I’ve lost thirty-seven pounds, since March of this year, all due to consistent cycling.

    October 11th, 2012 1:09 am

  2. Stan

    Lincecum laughed on the mound at his pickoff…he laughed in the dugout when Bochy took him out..and he had to stifle a laugh at the post game presscon when Blanco said there is no tomorrow..then said,I mean we won so there IS a tomorrow.
    Something’s not quite right with Tim. I can sense it.

    October 11th, 2012 8:52 am

  3. Mark M

    nice piece. I like the part about over thinking. Tim strikes me as a rather mild personality and may have too many voices in his ear (hi dad). I’d like to see him take more control of his own career at this point and throw the ball without thinking too much.

    He’s been the best pitcher in the playoffs for the Giants. He starts when ready from here on out. Knock wood. First pitch in 12 minutes! Exciting stuff

    October 11th, 2012 9:56 am

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