Tim Lincecum leads Daniel Bryan ‘YES’ chant after no-hitter (Video)

Tim Lincecum is full of charisma, and all of his unique personality shined through following his no-hitter against the Padres Wednesday.

Lincecum was handed a “Gladiator” mask by one of his teammates inside the San Francisco Giants’ clubhouse and put it on. The mask coupled with his US men’s soccer team jersey gave him a funny look, but all of that was quickly forgotten once he led his team in the Daniel Bryan “YES” chant.

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From Michigan State football to the Giants, it seems like everyone is doing the chant of the popular WWE wrestler these days. Then again, let’s not forget that Hunter Pence showed us last month that the “YES” chant is nothing new the Giants.

It was also cool seeing manager Bruce Bochy lead the team in a toast to Lincecum and thank Big Time Timmy Jim for sparing him when it came to the pitch count. That sure as heck made life easy on him when it came to letting Timmy finish the game.

Tim Lincecum and Kameron Loe switched uniforms, and this was the result


The San Francisco Giants decided to have some classic 10-year-old girl sleepover fun at spring training on Thursday. Several members of the team felt like playing dress-up, so they switched uniforms for a while. Tim Lincecum and Kameron Loe stole the show.

Loe and Lincecum are two pitchers with completely different builds. Lincecum stands at 5-foot-10 and weighs about 170 pounds on days that he hits In-N-Out Burger. Loe is 6-foot-8, 240 pounds. As you can see from the photo above that CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly passed along, their threads differ a bit. Lincecum was looking a little baggy.

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Tim Lincecum adds wispy mustache to his facial hair repertoire

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Tim Lincecum showed up to spring training once again sporting a new look. This time instead of his hair being different, he had a new facial hair look.

Yes, Lincecum now has a wispy mustache.

I’m sure based on the photo above you might think the ‘stache is coming in somewhat well. But looks can be deceiving.

Grant Brisbee at SB Nation shared an up-close look at Tim Lincecum’s mustache, and that’s how we can really see that it sure could use some work:

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Tim Lincecum reportedly expected to become free agent

Tim LincecumIt turns out that Tim Lincecum did the San Francisco Giants a huge favor when he turned down long-term contract discussions a few years ago.

Lincecum won back-to-back Cy Young Awards in 2008 and 2009, made the All-Star Game the following two years, and seemed like a lock to eventually sign one of the biggest contracts for a pitcher in MLB. But like some predicted, the diminutive starter fell off and looked like just an average pitcher the past two years. Now it’s finally his time to be a free agent, and it sounds like he is ready to explore the market.

CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly reported on Thursday that the Giants have offered Lincecum a two-year deal but talks have not progressed. If they don’t make progress, Baggarly says the Giants are expected to give Lincecum a qualifying offer of almost $14 million for one year. If Lincecum turns down the offer, the Giants would receive a draft pick as compensation from the team that signs Lincecum. Lincecum’s market might be limited because teams might not want to give up a pick in order to sign him.

As mentioned in the post, it’s crazy how much things have changed for Lincecum. Two years ago he seemed like a $150 million pitcher. Now I really wouldn’t be crazy about giving him more than $10 million on a one-year deal. I just hope he doesn’t have any regrets about not signing a multi-million dollar extension when he had the chance.

It seems imprudent to expect Timmy to go back to dominating. He’s always had a great slider, curve, and changeup, but part of what made those pitches so dangerous was his fastball. Everything is tougher for a hitter when you throw harder. But, per Fangraphs, Lincecum’s average fastball velocity has declined the past two seasons. He averaged 94.1 mph on his fastball when he won the Cy Young in 2008, and 92.4 mph in 2009. He was down to 90.4 mph in 2012 and 90.2 mph in 2013. I don’t know how anyone could look at that and expect to get an All-Star if they sign him.

Hunter Pence makes diving catch to save Tim Lincecum no-hitter

Tim Lincecum on Saturday threw the seventh no-hitter in San Francisco Giants’ franchise history, and the landmark event wouldn’t have been possible without the excellent defensive play of one of his teammates.

Hunter Pence diving catchWith two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, San Diego Padres center fielder Alexi Amarista hit a line drive to right field that looked like it was going to drop for San Diego’s first hit of the contest. But Giants right fielder Hunter Pence got a great read on the ball and began charging in with no hesitation. He then laid out on his side to make a sweet diving catch to preserve the no-hitter. After that play, it was all downhill for Lincecum, who struck out Chase Headley and then got two flyouts to complete the no-hitter.

“I thought that was a for sure hit,” Lincecum said of Amarista’s ball after the game during an interview with NBC Bay Area. “But you see Hunter flying out of nowhere making the flying grab, that was just really impressive and a big play for us.”

In addition to Pence, third baseman Pablo Sandoval also made a sweet play to preserve the no-hitter. His came with two outs in the seventh:

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Kevin Durant visited the Giants, hung out with Tim Lincecum (Picture)


Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder are in the San Francisco area this week as they set to take on the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night. On Wednesday, Durant decided to drop by and hang out with Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants.

So what’s the big takeaway from this photo? If you thought Lincecum looked like a little kid now that he is sporting a new haircut and ditched his long locks, you must love seeing him with his boys regular haircut next to KD. I know I do.

Photo via Instagram/Kevin Durant

Tim Lincecum does hilarious Hunter Pence impression (Video)

Tim-Lincecum-Hunter-Pence-impressionThe San Francisco Giants held their 2013 Fan Fest over the weekend, and as expected the World Series champions seemed to enjoy answering many of the questions they were asked. At one point, Tim Lincecum was asked to do his impression of Hunter Pence, which was captured on the Giants World Series DVD and became an instant hit.

Lincecum was shy at first and said he didn’t want to embarrass himself, but after Pence stood up and did his best impression of Lincecum’s wind-up the right-hander had no choice but to fire back. And as any Pence fan will tell you, Timmy’s impersonation is spot-on.

Lincecum could give batting stance guy a run for his money with impersonating Pence, but he probably wouldn’t be able to outdo him with analyst impressions. Here’s a video that shows part of Pence’s stance and gives you an idea of what Lincecum was trying to accomplish:

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