Charlie Manuel Calls Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain Good But not Great

The Philadelphia Phillies just lost a three-game series to the San Francisco Giants. They were beaten by Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain who held them to one run apiece. The series loss comes after the Giants knocked out the Phillies in the NLCS last year with Cain and Lincecum going 2-1 against them. Needless to say, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel fielded his share of questions from the media that wondered if Lincecum and Cain had taken proverbial ownership of them.

Manuel wasn’t willing to concede an inch.

“They’re good pitchers. You say they’re great pitchers. To me, I don’t know how great they are. I think as they move on into their careers, there’s the longevity part and things like that. I think that’s when the greatness might come by. This is a consistent game. When you say somebody is great … tonight I saw 90 fastball, 92 at the best. I saw a good changeup. I saw a breaking ball. I saw a cutter. Good pitching, but at the same time we can beat that. I’ve seen us do that.”

“We can beat them. I know we can.”

Sounds more like a pep talk than statement of fact, no? It really comes across as if the Giants are in the Phillies’ heads after beating them this series. The teams meet again next week for a four-game set and you know the Phillies will want to make a statement. If their bats don’t come alive, prepare to hear more chants about the Giants being poised to repeat as NL champions. Besides, we all know what Manuel thinks deep down. He just is afraid to admit it.

Brian Wilson and Tim Lincecum at the White House Looking Sharp

Something about the San Francisco Giants visiting the White House makes me nervous. More specifically, something about two guys like Brian Wilson and Tim Lincecum visiting the White House is concerning. However, the pictures from the Giants’ visit appear to indicate that the two goobers pulled it off. Check out this great shot, courtesy of MercuryNews.com:

Before you go judging Wilson’s pinstripe suit, keep in mind this was the guy who wore this to the ESPYs and this to an interview with George Lopez.  Compared to those wardrobe choices, the Beard was dressed like an altar boy.  As for Linecum, at this point there is no news of his making a marijuana reference or taking an emergency run to In-N-Out Burger.  For a bunch of guys that are collectively softer than a sneaker full of s***, it sounds like the Giants behaved themselves well in front of the president.

Tim Lincecum’s Success Helps Trevor Bauer Prospect Stock

In sports, we love to make comparisons. Comparisons are important for two reasons: they help us gain a better understanding of what we are seeing, and they help us project future success. Some comparisons are rooted in race and skin color (see Dirk Nowitzki and Larry Bird), while others are based on skills and physical appearance. It’s the second type of comparison that is valuable when evaluating talent for future success. In other words, in order to believe a player will be successful as a pro, it’s helpful to have seen someone similar who has already had success.

That brings us to UCLA pitcher Trevor Bauer.

Trevor Bauer is an eccentric character who has been wildly successful for UCLA this season. He had one of the best seasons ever by a college pitcher, posting numbers comparable to Mark Prior, Stephen Strasburg, Jered Weaver, and David Price.

But there are a few drawbacks to Bauer.

Bauer is somewhat of an odd ball — he’s a guy who hasn’t changed his hat since joining UCLA as a freshman (check out a picture of it), he defies convention with his long-tossing, and he likes to complete games even if it means throwing over 130 pitches per start. The Post Game at Yahoo! Sports had an excellent write-up on Bauer that gives you an excellent look at him as a player, and I highly recommend the read. Bauer is also young, skinny, and lacking the bulky build scouts like to see in a pitcher. That raises some concerns about his durability.

But thanks to the success of Tim Lincecum, more scouts and teams are able to envision success at the Major League level for Bauer.

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Tim Lincecum Has an Insane In-N-Out Burger Order

People love In-N-Out Burger, so much so that it’s like a destination for out of town visitors. I’ve never really understood it — their burgers are good, but their fries are average and it’s nothing special in my opinion. Maybe it’s just that I don’t dig onions and animal-style burgers and fries so I”m missing out, but I don’t understand the big attraction.

Anyway, the fast food joint is getting some awesome attention thanks to Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum who apparently attacks their drive-in menu like a hungry stoner guy who just got done pitching nine innings. Timmy is trying to put on weight and his high metabolism and running regimen works against him in this regard, so he has to make a mega order to get enough calories.

He told MLB.com, via MLB Pro Rumors, that his anticipated order after a game is “three double-doubles, two orders of fries and a half-chocolate, half-strawberry shake.” They added that Timmmy is “downing burgers, pizza, steak and all kinds of grub to try to pack a few pounds,” but Lincecum says “I want to get my weight up and have something to work with from the beginning of the season on.”

So CC Sabathia is putting down the Captain Crunch to lose weight, and Lincecum is crushing burgers to put on weight. Crazy crazy world these days. And by the way, how many people out there would love to have the diet Timmy does? I’m sure his look-alike would, great problem to have, huh?

Tim Lincecum Suggests Look-a-Like Should Cut His Hair

On Friday we showed you a video of a Tim Lincecum look-a-like who drives a cab in San Francisco. The Brazilian man who goes by the name of “Luiz” was offering Tim a million dollar cab ride to make up for the inconvenience of being mistaken for Lincecum constantly. The video went viral, and it prompted reporters to ask the real Lincecum about his doppleganger pictured below.

Lincecum said he had seen the video and that the resemblance was scary. According to the Mercury News, “Lincecum noticed that the guy’s smile lines were similar to his. But the lookalike’s eyes are a little more narrow.” Then Timmy hit on the real issue, saying “If this guy complains that everyone thinks he’s me, why doesn’t he cut his hair?”

Exactly. It’s pretty obvious “Luiz” the cab driver is trying to look like Timmy, just like this guy grew his hair and beard to look like Pau Gasol. When are they going to learn that looking like a professional athlete isn’t going to net you $600/hour? There is absolutely no skill involved in looking like someone (though admittedly you don’t need much skill to become rich or famous these days).

Tim Lincecum or Look-a-Like Offering Million Dollar Cab Ride

It’s been well documented that both Tim Lincecum and the city he plays in, San Francisco, take a pretty liberal stance on marijuana. Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton reported smelling marijuana in the stands during Game 1 of last year’s World Series and Lincecum, himself, has been busted for possession. Big Time Timmy-Jim even hoped for smoke in the air in San Fran during his post game interview following the Giants’ World Series win. Check out this video via Deadspin, in which a guy who claims not to be Lincecum, but undeniably looks like him, offers the ride of your life:

I don’t know whether or not this is Lincecum. Just looking at the face and hair it seems like it has to be him, but the joint in his right hand makes me skeptical. I don’t doubt Lincecum is still smoking — I’d bet he is — but I find it hard to believe he would make this video with the joint being so obvious. Of course, the people of San Francisco proudly sport their “Let Jimmy Smoke” T-shirts and light-up in the outfield, so maybe The Freaky Franchise is following suit. In any case, if this is a look-a-like, he looks much closer to the real thing than the guy impersonating Pau Gasol.

Did Tim Lincecum Cut His Hair? No, it’s Just a Pony Tail and Mustache

While some athletes are going long with their hair, Tim Lincecum is changing up his look in a different way. The Cy Young pitcher had his long, stoner/skater hair in a pony tail for Giants media day this week, causing a brief stir amongst folks on the internet (thank you, Tony Reali) who wondered if Timmy had cut his hair. Alas, we found out it was just tied back, but that only drew attention to the next part of the changed look — the stache.

Now baseball players have a long history with the mustache. You have porn staches, good luck staches, and whatever you call this. I’m not sure what you call Lincecum’s look, but I can swear I had some friends in 6th grade who were blooming a bit early and had that going on before exploring the benefits of a razor. I dunno about you, but I’m not exactly digging the Jesus Quintana look.

pic via SB Nation, plus another bonus pic below with more of a close-up side angle.

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