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We just can’t let him grow up.
Part of it is the name…Timmy…diminutive at best.
Another is that he still looks like a Norman Rockwell paperboy…but he’s a grown man. He’s 32 for heavens sake!
We need to let him go…he needs to let it go.
Does he regret walking away from the big contract that was sitting there waiting to be signed?
Is he grateful that Larry and Sabean kept him around for 2 years at $34 million as a thank you?
What the big elephant in the room is…He was always being protected from the public about his private life escapades. His failure to appear at his first all star game because of “Dehydration”. His tremendous weight losses,not once, but TWICE.
It doesn’t take an Einstein to see he did things in the off season that came to ruin his fantastic to that point, career.
And his Dad?..oh boy. Watch “Fear Strikes Out” the old movie about Jimmy Peirsal.
Stan, right on point. The first thing that goes through my mind about how dominant Lincecum was in his heyday- lights out dominant, and in the post season too- to where is now at his age is that he abused his body. That’s the factory at which an athlete works. And everybody thought it was so funny that “Timmy” was a pothead who ate In N’ Out Burger three times a day. Longevity at that level can’t be achieved that way. Jason Giambi is another one who comes to mind as one who abused his body and later only eeked out a few more good years using PEDs. Or Pablo Sandoval who’s apparently eaten his way from the world series to out of baseball within a couple of years.
These are not players who last as prime athletes and not players who are worth the longterm deals into those years. In addition with Lincecum of course there is also the unmanageable pitching motion comprised of an impossible number of moving parts that only he and his father claim to comprehend and leaves him vulnerable to far more mechanical issues than a more compact windup would leave a pitcher to contend with.
Lincecum was among my favorite players to watch when he was going, and I miss seeing that freak of nature that he was. But if we’re honest, we haven’t seen that pitcher for many years.
You know Shane,I really wish Comcast would show Lincecum at his prime. I remember the first time I saw him, I thought Sandy Koufax. It would be great to show some of his best 2008 or 2009 games…98mph,92 “off speed” and looking filthy with stuff. I could watch a whole game. The “pop” of the catchers glove..just great stuff.
That first all star game I should add..he was hospitalized. Hmm, Jimmy Peirsal like.
I tried to post on yer 2015 tribute to the kid. Wouldn’t go through. What a good post everybody missed!
Lincecum has been “looking” for it since around 2011-12. You question why he keeps getting paid millions to continue his personal scavenger hunt. Lincecum simply has not found the strange magic he lost long ago. Smart moneys says whatever it is, is at the bottom of the deep blue sea.
He was Steph Curry before Steph Curry was, doing unbelievable things in a regular sized body, winning back to back Cy Youngs/MVPs, grabbing the national spotlight, leading his team to drought-ending championships, but always remaining humble and cool. (Let’s hope that’s where the similarities end, though, and that Curry can keep it going a little longer…)
Lowell Cohn, retired columnist for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, covered sports for almost 40 years and never ran out of things to say.