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Friday BP, 6/15/18

San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves
I was trying to find a picture of Tim Lincecum batting, but this is much better.
Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

Before we begin, I have to note the description of the photo I used for this article.

“Background: ATLANTA, GA - MAY 3: Tim Lincecum #55 of the San Francisco Giants relaxes in the dugout before the game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on May 3, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.”

San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

Really? We’re not going to try for any explanation here? No? Imagine seeing this picture for the first time without any context. It’s almost better that way.


Happy Friday! Tonight, the Giants are back in California to take on the Dodgers in L.A. I don’t know how to feel about this. After taking the series against the Nationals, then nearly getting swept by the Marlins, this team has become unpredictable, and not in a good way. So it’s hard to say how they will fare against their Southern California rivals.

Well, maybe I should say their California rivals, if this ballot proposal passes in November. If that happens, their only state-rival would be the Oakland A’s. Politics aside, this move could be good for the Padres, who would have Southern California all to themselves.

Anyway, the point is that we should enjoy the five-team melee while we can.

One way I like to appreciate the other California teams, is by watching this wonderful video of Tim Lincecum’s batting prowess. Happy Birthday, Timmy!

Since the debate about forcing the godforsaken DH on the National League is rearing its ugly head once more, I thought it would be nice to highlight just how joyful it is when your pitcher comes through with an unexpectedly big hit.

In the first clip, we see him knock in two runs on a single against the Padres, more specifically, Mat Latos. Which is incredibly satisfying.

Next up, though it’s not a California team, is timely in that it was against the dreaded Marlins. In which Timmy hits a triple, inducing quite possibly my favorite Jon Miller call of all time.

Jon: “That one is into the GAP! Lincecum, gonna run for a while, he’s gonna keep on going, and he’ll MAKE it! A stand up triple, for Tim Lincecum!”

Krukow: “He can hit!”

Of course, there were no runners on and he was most likely stranded, but that could just be my recency bias talking.

Next up, we see Lincecum break up a perfect game in the sixth inning against, you guessed it, the San Diego Padres. That just seems especially cruel. And I love it. Jon says, “How about that? Didn’t exactly see that one coming.”

Half of these are about the Padres, it seems. Tim Lincecum’s complete ownage of the San Diego Padres is truly the baseball gods’ gift to a pitcher whose career would burn bright but ultimately too short.

Finally, in honor of this weekend’s series, two of the last three clips are Timmy hitting against the Dodgers, including a game where he went 3-for-3, with two RBI in a blowout.

Anyone know if he can play third base?*

*I am, of course, kidding. I don’t need to hear about how you don’t want the Giants to re-sign him. I don’t want the Giants to re-sign him either. But I’m allowed a moment now and then to enjoy nostalgia. So pipe down, you grumps. It’s Friday.