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Letting go of Tim Lincecum, Giants pitcher

The 2013 season had some nice memories considering the Giants finished under .500 for the first time since 2008. Angel Pagan’s walk-off inside the parker is probably the first thing that comes to mind. Yusmeiro Petit appeared out of the fog to nearly throw a perfect game. The Giants walked off on the Dodgers on consecutive nights thanks to home runs by Buster Posey and Guillermo Quiroz, then scored 19 runs against them in Los Angeles a couple months later. These are all objectively good things. 

Of course, there’s also Tim Lincecum’s first no hitter. A sweat-soaked, 148 pitch dismantling of the Padres. Probably tied with Pagan for moment of the year. 

But there’s another game I think of when I reminisce/cringe about 2013. Not coincidentally, it was started by Tim Lincecum. 

I don’t remember him hitting 93 in the first inning, either. Lincecum’s contract was set to end at the end of that season, and it wasn’t guaranteed that he would be back for the 2014 season. It was a bittersweet nine innings, especially when he walked off the field in the seventh. But even if he didn’t re-sign, at least he was able to pitch well one last time at home and exit to maybe the loudest applause of the season. Against the Dodgers, no less. It was almost too perfect. 

He did, of course, re-sign, for two years and many millions. Call it the Lincecum tax that only applies to the Giants. The new, mediocre Lincecum was the one that stuck around unfortunately, but he at least he was mediocre in a place where he’s beloved. He threw another no-hitter. He tangentially helped the Giants win another World Series. He wore a doo rag. The highlights were the exception, though, not the rule they once were. 

For all the warm fuzzies of that start in 2013, here’s how he ended 2015. 

It’s not exactly watching Scott Cousins tackle Buster Posey, but it’s enough to make you wince. Instead of a triumphant swan song in the twilight of September, Tim Lincecum likely ended his Giants career walking off the field with Dave Groeschner, which is bleak at best. 

This all brings us to today, about a week and a half from pitchers and catchers reporting. Tim Lincecum’s showcase is scheduled to be sometime in the next few days, with lots of teams reportedly sniffing around to see if he’s worth giving a contract. 

The Giants are doing their due diligence, of course. Bobby Evans has said the team plans to keep in touch with Lincecum, which pretty much everyone expected. There certainly isn’t a strained relationship between the team and the player. 

When you look at the roster, though, there’s almost nowhere for Lincecum to fit. The Giants committed $220 million to the rotation over the offseason, so you better believe Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija are going to start. Jake Peavy is steady as a number four and Matt Cain is still making too much money to be shafted into the long reliever role. That’s even before you get to the fact that they’re both fan-favorites in their own right. Madison Bumgarner is Madison Bumgarner. The only logical spot on the Giants for Lincecum would be the long relief/spot starter role currently occupied by Chris Heston. Combine the roster factor with the rotation question marks that other teams like the Marlins and Rangers have, and Lincecum’s days as a Giant appear to be over. 

Suddenly this all became very real. It wasn’t long ago that seeing Tim Lincecum in another jersey was a farce. He was going to be a bad ass ace for years and wear a beanie and Vans during his Hall of Fame acceptance speech. It was meant to be. And yet we’re five years into Tim Lincecum being an enigma at best. That doesn’t necessarily mean it always has to be that way – he could step on the mound at his showcase and fire 94 mph with command consistently – but it’s idealistic to expect anything more than quiet, back o’ the rotation competence from him. It’s a sobering realization that his peak (his glorious, glorious peak) has already passed us by. 

No matter who Tim Lincecum suits up for during the 2016 season and beyond, though, he’s always going to be a Giant first. The Giants needed a star in the post-Bonds era and he answered the call. Oh, how he answered the call. He’s the kind of player that fans will always associate with the franchise, like Will Clark or Willie Mays. No one cares about Clark’s time in Texas or Mays playing for the Mets in the twilight of his career because what they did for the Giants was so overwhelmingly great. 

The same is true for Lincecum. He helped deliver the first World Series title to the Giants since 1956. He was the first Giant to win a Cy Young since 1967. It simply wouldn’t be possible for him to give any other team what he’s given to the Giants over the years. That’s why this feels so different than someone like Pablo Sandoval signing with another team. 

Coming to terms with his departure certainly won’t be easy for most fans, I’d imagine. But should he sign with another team in the coming weeks, his eventual return to AT&T Park is going to be one of the most emotional Giants-centric moments of the last decade, and I hope those in attendance cheer for so long the game is postponed. It’s the least they could do. Duane Kuiper has always said it best. “They love this kid.” We absolutely do. We always will. 

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The Nats’ 2016 promotional schedule is coming. There will be bobbleheads.
Bryce Harper, Max Scherzer and Jayson Werth's Great Dane will be featured in figurine form.
By https://www.facebook.com/scott.s.allen

They include a Bryce Harper MVP bobblehead (pictured below), in which Harper is flashing his customary post-home run “I love you” in sign language, two Max Scherzer bobbleheads commemorating the pitcher’s two no-hitters and a fan’s choice bobblehead. Any player who has not been previously featured as a bobblehead or gnome in a Nationals uniform is eligible, and if journeyman John Scott can be voted into the NHL all-star game, don’t rule out the possibility that Jonathan Papelbon wins the fan vote. For some, ripping the closer’s spring-loaded head from his ceramic body could prove therapeutic.

No. Wait, yes? No. I’m conflicted and confused.

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Spieth grouped with D. Johnson, Gretzky at Pebble | Golf Channel
Eight months after their paths crossed at Chambers Bay, Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson will be paired for the first three rounds of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif – Eight months after they were inextricably linked at the U.S. Open, Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson will walk the fairways together for the first three rounds of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Here are five feature pairings to keep an eye on this week on the Monterey Peninsula (all times ET):

(Note: Course rotation for each group below will be Spyglass Hill, followed by Monterey Peninsula CC and Pebble Beach Golf Links):

J.B. Holmes/Chris O'Donnell and Bubba Watson/Mark Wahlberg: 11:11 a.m. Thursday, 12:50 p.m. Friday, 11:55 a.m. Saturday

Watson was basically recruited to play this event by Wahlberg, and the southpaw will be making his first appearance at Pebble Beach since 2007. He’ll be joined by another long hitter in Holmes, who enters off back-to-back top-10 finishes and will play with O'Donnell as his amateur partner, an actor and longtime tournament staple.

Jordan Spieth/Jake Owen and Dustin Johnson/Wayne Gretzky: 11:55 a.m. Thursday, 11:11 a.m. Friday, 12:39 p.m. Saturday

The world No. 1 will be making his first PGA Tour start since lapping the field at Kapalua, and he’ll be joined by the man that in large part handed him the trophy last summer at Chambers Bay. Johnson has been the best player at this event over the last decade, winning in both 2009 and 2010, and he’ll again play alongside his future father-in-law and former hockey great.

Phil Mickelson/John Veihmeyer and Patrick Reed/James Dunne: 11:55 a.m. Thursday, 11:11 Friday, 12:39 p.m. Saturday

This group will include two of Callaway’s biggest stars, as Mickelson seeks his fourth Pebble Beach title after a T-11 finish in Phoenix. Reed hasn’t played since withdrawing from the Farmers Insurance Open because of a foot injury. Mickelson’s partner is the global chairman of KPMG, while Reed’s partner is an investment banker and regular Pebble participant.

Justin Rose/Justin Timberlake and William McGirt/Alfonso Ribeiro: 12:06 p.m. Thursday, 11:22 a.m. Friday, 12:50 p.m. Saturday

Like Watson, Rose was lured into this week’s field by his playing partner rather than the other way around. Timberlake will surely draw some casual fans, as will Ribeiro who starred as Carlton on the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”

Brandt Snedeker/Toby Wilt and Davis Love III/Aneel Bhusri: 12:50 p.m. Thursday, 12:06 p.m. Friday, 11:11 a.m. Saturday

Snedeker is the defending champ, and he and Wilt paired to win the pro-am portion of this event when Snedeker also hoisted the trophy back in 2013. He will look to continue his momentum after his surprising win at Torrey Pines and will be paired with Love, a former champ who is making his 29th career start in this event.

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↳ Leverage!AU

“Grifter, hitter, hacker, thief. You’re all trying to solve your version of the crime instead of just trying to…solve the crime. There’s a reason we work together.” 

INFINITE as a team consists of several people who use their skills to fight corporate and governmental injustices inflicted on ordinary citizens.

  • The Mastermind: Sunggyu
    the planner, the strategizer, the brain of the team, and the one who created the team. rarely goes into the field unless it’s absolutely necessary because he’s too lazy he enjoys working from behind the scene too much. he steps in for real when his teammates are in real dangers or when his teammates screw up real bad (and sungyeol can’t fix that). 
  • The Hacker: Sungyeol
    the team’s computer specialist and hacker. he calls himself the savior too because when his teammates get into trouble, he’s usually the one who has to rescue them. actually good everything else but because he is the only one who can hack and an expert at technology, he mainly works behind the computer. works with sunggyu in strategizing because they both works behind the scene, likes to screw up sunggyu’s plan a little because he thinks it’s boring if everything always goes according to the plan.
  • The Grifters: Woohyun & Myungsoo
    the con artists that assumes an alias and runs a con on a unsuspecting mark.  they’re really good at going undercover and woohyun is also good at fighting while myungsoo used to steal before learning how to con to help woohyun. when the plans go awry they’re usually the first people who will be in trouble (meaning: they are the ones who get beaten up or kidnapped). sometimes they work together, but there are also times where they work alone. when they work alone, myungsoo lets woohyun takes the lead.
  • The Hitters: Dongwoo & Hoya
    the team’s highly skilled martial artists and weapons experts. they’re the ones who watch over Woohyun and Myungsoo in case things go awry. often they also join them in acting and conning, though dongwoo’s partake is minimized because he is awful at acting. both of them are skilled in various martial artists and is known of being effective when fighting. there is a rumor that dongwoo managed to take down 6 gunmen while watching pororo on his phone and that hoya makes his opponents confused by making bad puns before hitting them when they’re confused.
  • The Thief: Sungjong
    an expert thief, cat-burglar, pickpocket, and safe-cracker. going though a level 3 security, cracking open safes, stealing credit cards, breaking into buildings quietly—he can do almost everything related to stealing and he finds them thrilling. he works a lot with sungyeol to steal informations. sometimes he steals his teammates’ stuffs without them realizing just to annoy them when they annoy him.

Addie Joss*, the last pitcher to no-hit the same team twice. Joss threw 74 pitches in his October 1908 perfect game against the White Sox and then shut down the Sox again in April 1910.

Tim Lincecum threw two no-nos against the Padres in 347 days (July 13, 2013 and June 25, 2014)

* Joss died in April 1911 from meningitis and held a career record of 160-97 with a 1.89 ERA, second best ever behind “Big Ed” Walsh, 1.82. Joss holds the record for career WHIP, .97. The National Baseball Hall of Fame waived the ten playing seasons requirement for Joss in 1977 and he was elected to the Hall in 1978.

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