Here is the opening to my Thursday column about Tim Lincecum:
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. … kind of – Please notice the dateline on this column. It says Scottsdale, Ariz. kind of. I’ve been back from Arizona a week now but the scene I’m writing about took place outside the Giants’ clubhouse in Scottsdale Stadium, so I included the dateline even though I’ve been home and writing about the World Baseball Classic with a San Francisco dateline. I didn’t want you to think I’ve been fudging. Or I can be two places at once. Or I’m bonkers.
Now, to the matter at hand. Call it Lowell’s loopy theory of the day. I got it into my head that Tim Lincecum needs to refer to himself as Tim — or think of himself as Tim — as opposed to Timmy. If he thinks he’s Timmy, he’s thinking like a boy, Timmy being a boy’s name — and he won’t stand up like a man to the challenges of the upcoming season. And there will be challenges.
As I say, loopy theory.
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