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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Where have you gone, Tim Lincecum? In search of beloved Giants ace

He hasn’t retired yet, but when he does Baer is poised to bring him to San Francisco in some kind of official capacity. “There’s definitely a place in the Giants world for Linecum,” he said. “I mean, that goes without saying.”

Until then? Lincecum is believed to be back here inhabiting the shores of Lake Washington, although no one with the Giants could say for sure. Someone thought maybe he was in Arizona. When the team tried to invite him to throw out the first pitch before a playoff game against the Chicago Cubs last year, Lincecum was in Hawaii.

Wherever he is now, he’s keeping a low profile. The Freak is now The Ghost.

Lincecum’s agent, Rick Thurman, told the Bay Area News Group in August that Lincecum is keeping in shape and hopes to pitch again. But Thurman did not respond to voicemails, texts or e-mails in search of additional details for this story. Lincecum’s father, Chris, who was once a frequent and chatty radio guest, did not respond to texts.

Lincecum is not on social media. The last missive from his confirmed (but never verified) Twitter account came in 2012, when the four-time All-Star tweeted about a “food coma” after a trip to Benihana’s.

A handful of Giants employees who specialize in media relations or alumni events say Lincecum is the rare ex-player they can’t keep tabs on. A current Giants player said he sent The Freak a text on his 33rd birthday on June 15. Weeks later, he still hadn’t heard back.

Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: September 21, 2017 at 11:50 AM | 34 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. jacjacatk Posted: September 21, 2017 at 08:34 PM (#5536258)
Only skimmed the article, so I don't know if the writer was really trying to actually find him, but AFAIK he works out at one of the most obvious places possible for someone from Seattle who's trying to reignite an MLB career.
   2. ReggieThomasLives Posted: September 22, 2017 at 12:30 AM (#5536547)
He's mowing John Stanton's lawn?
   3. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 22, 2017 at 12:40 AM (#5536548)
I remember early in Lincecum's career, scouts said his delivery was too high stress and he'd break down quickly. They turned out to be right, through without the explosive mechanics he might not have been a top pitcher in the first place.
   4. The Honorable Ardo Posted: September 22, 2017 at 12:51 AM (#5536552)
Whatever happened to Lincecum between 2011 and 2012? I wonder what folks said at that time.
   5. Meatwad Posted: September 22, 2017 at 01:55 AM (#5536560)
Do we really need to verify his twitter account? Tbat last one alone should tell you it's his.
   6. Jose Bautista Bobblehead Day Posted: September 22, 2017 at 02:11 AM (#5536561)
#1: Driveline Baseball?
   7. Bote Man Posted: September 22, 2017 at 09:26 AM (#5536642)
The last missive from his confirmed (but never verified) Twitter account

But...but...was it authenticated??
   8. Heart of Matt Harvey Posted: September 22, 2017 at 09:38 AM (#5536653)
Dude's likely cultivating his garden and does not wish to be disturbed by nannies and busybodies.
   9. Traderdave Posted: September 22, 2017 at 10:17 AM (#5536677)
His Bbref page has him in an Angels hat. That's just wrong.
   10. Boxkutter Posted: September 22, 2017 at 11:03 AM (#5536719)
Let us not mourn the fact that he is gone, let us rejoice that we got him in the first place.
   11. Nero Wolfe, Indeed Posted: September 22, 2017 at 11:17 AM (#5536737)
I'm hoping they never find him if he doesn't want to be bothered. Reminds me of my high school's alumni department going through whatever they went through to locate me earlier this year. They managed it, in spite of the fact I'd moved 3000 miles and had never intended to re-establish contact.

Guess they really want 100% participation at our 40-year class reunion. And money. Lots of use of the word "donations".
   12. phredbird Posted: September 22, 2017 at 11:36 AM (#5536750)
nero, unless high school was an unending torture for you, you should go. i wasn't going to, but someone told me the 40th is when to go because by the 50th a surprising number will have died.

even so, you won't believe how old some people look, and one or two of your classmates will look exactly the same somehow, one or two of the women you barely remember will be really attractive. it's a weird experience you can't have anywhere else.
   13. Nero Wolfe, Indeed Posted: September 22, 2017 at 12:05 PM (#5536778)
nero, unless high school was an unending torture for you, you should go. i wasn't going to, but someone told me the 40th is when to go because by the 50th a surprising number will have died.

even so, you won't believe how old some people look, and one or two of your classmates will look exactly the same somehow, one or two of the women you barely remember will be really attractive. it's a weird experience you can't have anywhere else.


I'm considering it but remain doubtful, and while it wasn't "unending torture", there are not a lot of pleasant memories. And being an all-boys school...
   14. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 22, 2017 at 12:10 PM (#5536785)
And being an all-boys school...

Hey, yaneverknow. I went to my 20th a few years ago, and one of my classmates is now a trans woman.
   15. Nero Wolfe, Indeed Posted: September 22, 2017 at 12:33 PM (#5536818)
Hey, yaneverknow. I went to my 20th a few years ago, and one of my classmates is now a trans woman.


As my high school is in San Francisco, this is a distinct possibility.
   16. Zonk Tormundbane Posted: September 22, 2017 at 12:33 PM (#5536819)
My HS used to have regular class fundraisers while we were in school -- beyond the usual homecoming/prom/yada yada -- one of the big "student council" responsibilities was to organize regular fundraisers (from car washes to candy bar sales to whatever). Monies raised would then go into an account to be drawn upon to pay for/at least offset some of the class reunion expenses.

We had a really good class President - same girl my freshman, sophomore, and junior years.... I suppose you could superficially make the Tracy Flick/Election comparisons - but she really wasn't that sort, just a kind of 'natural organizer'.

Senior year, a yutz runs for class president in one those typical Student Council is so boring and electing a yahoo like me as your class president will be awesome things... and wins.

As the senior year class president is the one who can draw from the account, he proceeds to drain it all (a good 8 grand!) within 5 years of graduation... and as such, 25 years on - we've never had any sort of real class reunion.... beyond the occasional modern social media "class of 92 getting together for drinks at the town tavern!" generally spawned via some FB posting a week or two before the fact.

One of the more amusing little FB dustups was around our 20th year since graduation - when some tentative suggestions about organizing something (which predictably goes nowhere since it was a lot of "someone should..." with the suggestors inevitably meaning someone else should...). Eventually the chorus starts pointing to our shoulda-been senior class President -- but not in a "boy did we #### up" way, but rather a "it should still be your job" way. The results were about what you'd expect.

   17. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 22, 2017 at 12:37 PM (#5536824)
Senior year, a yutz runs for class president in one those typical Student Council is so boring and electing a yahoo like me as your class president will be awesome things... and wins.

As it turns out, this approach is scalable nationally.
   18. Zonk Tormundbane Posted: September 22, 2017 at 12:44 PM (#5536832)
As it turns out, this approach is scalable nationally.


Heh - as I believe we were both at NU about the same time, I presume you remember that we actually had a similar scenario play out with the college equivalent. Though fortunately, I'm not entirely sure the college ASG actually does or controls anything, so it didn't really matter.

This leads me to suspect that my presence in any given voting pool might actually be some sort of cosmic curse.
   19. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 22, 2017 at 12:48 PM (#5536835)
Heh - as I believe we were both at NU about the same time, I presume you remember that we actually had a similar scenario play out with the college equivalent.

I do vaguely remember that - wasn't his name Nick somethingorother? Although my more vivid ASG memory is of a guy named something like Danny Rashbaum running with the campaign slogan "Spread the Rash!"
   20. Bote Man Posted: September 22, 2017 at 03:28 PM (#5537004)
Couldn't they smoke him out by putting up billboards in areas where he's likely to be advertising "FREE Indica" or some such???
   21. simpleton & childlike gef the talking mongoose Posted: September 22, 2017 at 03:47 PM (#5537012)
nero, unless high school was an unending torture for you, you should go. i wasn't going to, but someone told me the 40th is when to go because by the 50th a surprising number will have died.

even so, you won't believe how old some people look, and one or two of your classmates will look exactly the same somehow, one or two of the women you barely remember will be really attractive. it's a weird experience you can't have anywhere else.


I went to my 10th & was voted "Boy Who Changed the Most." Presumably they were recalling me as a high school senior, when I wound up having 3 hospital stays because of what turned out later to be Crohn's & basically looked like death warmed over, wore glasses, had ill-cut longish hair, dressed somewhat shabbily, was a somewhat introverted geek type, etc. At the reunion in '87, I ... didn't, & I actually comported myself as close to a normal human being as a newspaper reporter could manage.

Either they haven't had any more reunions (I graduated 40 years ago in May) or they couldn't find me. Or didn't try; maybe they figure my life peaked with that "Boy Who Changed the Most" recognition. And, hell, maybe it did.

   22. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 22, 2017 at 03:52 PM (#5537015)
Is there anyone who posts here who wasn't a nerd in high school? I kinda figured it went with the territory. Except for the late great Harvey's, of course, who I'm sure was like a young Jack Palance.
   23. jacjacatk Posted: September 22, 2017 at 06:22 PM (#5537082)
#1: Driveline Baseball?


Yup.
   24. jacjacatk Posted: September 22, 2017 at 06:25 PM (#5537083)
Heh - as I believe we were both at NU about the same time, I presume you remember that we actually had a similar scenario play out with the college equivalent. Though fortunately, I'm not entirely sure the college ASG actually does or controls anything, so it didn't really matter.


Given that I wasn't aware there even was an ASG at NU, I'm going to assume they didn't (interjecting alum says what?).
   25. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 22, 2017 at 06:51 PM (#5537090)
[22] I was a nerd, but I also got voted homecoming prince freshman year, though similar to other elections, people voted for me because they thought it would be funny if I won.
   26. bunyon Posted: September 22, 2017 at 07:42 PM (#5537110)
I was a three year starter for a really good small high school basketball team.

I was a four year letterman in baseball and led my American Legion team in batting average, home runs, RBI, wins, strikeouts and ERA.

A tip off should have been that I still couldn't get laid. By Christmas of my freshman year in college, I was full bore nerd. Had I gone to a larger high school, it probably would've started earlier.

Still, 20th high school reunion was a blast. 30 is around the corner. I say go if it isn't too inconvenient.
   27. Nasty Nate Posted: September 22, 2017 at 08:04 PM (#5537117)
Down the line before a world series game, he's going to show up at China Basin, unrecognizable, overweight with a shaved head.
   28. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 22, 2017 at 08:14 PM (#5537122)
Down the line before a world series game, he's going to show up at China Basin, unrecognizable, overweight with a shaved head.

Heh. Too bad Barry Zito isn't still with the Giants. He coulda written a concept album about it.
   29. Hysterical & Useless Posted: September 23, 2017 at 01:46 PM (#5537333)
but someone told me the 40th is when to go because by the 50th a surprising number will have died.


Dang, and I missed my 40th. Well, didn't really "miss" it, but I didn't attend. I mean, it's just a bunch of old farts, what do I need to see them for? Bad enough I have to see myself in the mirror every day.
   30. Nero Wolfe, Indeed Posted: September 23, 2017 at 02:21 PM (#5537345)
Is there anyone who posts here who wasn't a nerd in high school? I kinda figured it went with the territory. Except for the late great Harvey's, of course, who I'm sure was like a young Jack Palance.


Really wasn't a nerd as much as an outsider. Lettered in track and cross-country, was the best bowler in my high school and was a member of the Library Society. I'm both ADHD and an extreme introvert, so that didn't make high school easy to deal with.
   31. asinwreck Posted: September 23, 2017 at 02:26 PM (#5537347)
Down the line before a world series game, he's going to show up at China Basin, unrecognizable, overweight with a shaved head.


Waving my arms in the air
love, my love, got no care
no care, no, no, pressing my feet to the ground
stand up right where you stand
call to you and what do you do
laying back in a chair?
leg's so high in the air
leg's so high in the air
half and half, half and half
all you have to do to call
is call my agent, stand a while
and then smile and we'll understand
yes we do - yes, yes we do!
Oh what a curve I got too!
Oh what a curve I got too!
   32. Omineca Greg Posted: September 23, 2017 at 02:52 PM (#5537354)
Is there anyone who posts here who wasn't a nerd in high school?

I was the #1 bootlegger at my high school, "You've tried the rest, now go with the best!" was our slogan. Every Friday afternoon, we would head to the BCLDB and I would buy hundreds of dollars worth of alcohol (a couple of times we broke $1k), filling up the trunk and back seat of my friend's 20 year old Cadillac. We would then park a discreet distance from the school grounds, and everybody would pick up their orders after class. We started at 20% over list, but we had more business then we could handle, so we went to 33% over list, still no shortage of business, so then we went to 40%. I was rich! And we copied the revenue raising strategy of the BCLDB, getting people into higher end products (so our % stayed constant, but the bill would be larger, so more $$$ for us). I would come to people's parties and show them how to mix quality cocktails, with my shaker and blender and juicer and stuff. Even a 60s Cadillac can only hold so much booze, so better gin and rye than Rainier or something else cheap and bulky.

Between the bootlegging, and my flair for the dramatic, I don't really think I was a nerd. More like a Gregory House/Cosmo Kramer hybrid who was also a rum running bartender. Which certainly means I was plenty strange, but not particularly nerdy. Boy that was fun.
   33. BDC Posted: September 23, 2017 at 03:00 PM (#5537359)
I was unathletic, read books all the time, played chess, and got high grades, but I wasn't good enough at science or technology to be a nerd. Also wasn't much for comic books, or swords and sorcery. I was a theater kid; that kept me out of mom's basement but also away from the risks of becoming very popular.

I almost went to my 25th reunion, which took place 26 years after I graduated. At first I thought this was because we'd all taken math at public high school in New Jersey, but come to find our classes were so small that mine and the one after mine had to go in together to get enough people for a decent-sized reunion. There was, I believe, a 30th/31st that I also missed, but I did not hear of a 35th or 40th. I may have missed them for good.
   34. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: September 23, 2017 at 05:36 PM (#5537437)
I was much more liked/respected in high school than liked/popular. Was class valedictorian and total band geek (1st chair trumpet in All-State band), yet somehow still voted "Mr. ______ High School" by my graduating class. Not a terribly small school either..... my class had about 320 in it.

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