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Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

On being Tim Lincecum

Tim Lincecum seems to be a very nice person. Always has appeared that way. To the extent that I know him I like him. But it’s hard being Tim Lincecum. That’s my opinion. I did not interview him in Arizona. His body language so clearly says please leave me alone. Most reporters leave him alone out of kindness or deference. Whatever. Talking about himself and his occupation seems to pain him. More than it pains most. I don’t know why.… Read More »

Petit up, Lincecum down

Here is a link to my Friday column about Yusmeiro Petit and Tim Lincecum. The full text runs below. SAN FRANCISCO – The newspaper reporters and the radio and TV people were waiting at Yusmeiro Petit’s locker after the game, after the Giants beat the Rockies 4-1, after Petit set a major league record by retiring 46 straight hitters in one season — a major league freaking record — and after he pitched six dazzling innings giving up four hits,… Read More »

I root for Tim Lincecum

Here is a link to my Monday column on Tim Lincecum’s win over the Mets. The full text runs below: SAN FRANCISCO – I admit to a weakness for Tim Lincecum. When he pitches, I root for him although I’m not a Giants fan or a fan of any team. I’m a Timmy fan. I don’t understand why. I don’t really know the guy. I covered his start against the Mets on Sunday, a 6-4 Giants’ win, a Timmy win.… Read More »

Lincecum, Cain — what gives?

Here is a link to my Friday column about Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain. The full text runs below. So, how do you like Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain now? It was all praise about them in spring training. How they were throwing the ball great. How they had lost speed on their heaters but that was a natural evolution in the career of every elite pitcher. Speed loss was strictly no problem because they had learned how to pitch,… Read More »

What Tim Lincecum can learn from Tim Hudson

Here is a link to my Sunday column about Tim Lincecum and Tim Hudson. The full column runs below: SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — This is the key fact. Tim Hudson’s locker is located between Tim Lincecum’s locker and Matt Cain’s. Right in the middle. Forget Cain for now. His career is in better shape than Lincecum’s — although, it’s not that much better. Think of the Tims being next to each other, Lincecum and Hudson. And while you think about that,… Read More »

Tim Lincecum tries to adjust

Here is a link to my Sunday column about Tim Lincecum, not about the Super Bowl. The full text appears below: SAN FRANCISCO — It’s Giants Media Day. You want to know about Tim Lincecum, re-signed for two years at $35 million, a big gamble. Or maybe not. You don’t go to Lincecum right away. You go to pitching coach Dave Righetti sitting alone at a table. You ask why Lincecum can be a contributor this year. Tim Lincecum hasn’t… Read More »

Is Tim Lincecum worth all that dough?

Here is a link to my column about Tim Lincecum. The full text of the column appears below. It must have been a typographical error, actually two typographical errors. That’s what I thought. The first typographical error: The Giants re-signed Tim Lincecum as a cornerstone of their starting rotation. Really? The second typographical error: The Giants paid him $35 million for two years. That’s a lot of millions for a guy who lost his fastball years ago, who wants —… Read More »

On Giants, who stays, who’s gone?

Here is the opening to my Thursday column about the Giants’ future: Don’t expect to see Tim Lincecum in a Giants uniform next season. He has been a favorite in San Francisco — fans love him — but he is almost surely gone, as in out of here. The Giants will make him a lowball offer. Think $8 million. It is not lowball to you and me, but to a two-time Cy Young guy it’s pocket change. The Giants frankly… Read More »

Tim Lincecum by any other name

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… Read More »