Tim Lincecum Is Not Quite The Stoner Stereotype You Might Expect
The Giants' Tim Lincecum is one of the best pitchers in baseball, but when you think of him, the first thing that comes to mind might well be how much he looks like a high school stoner stereotype. The hair, the boyish face, the skullcap, the cursing during a postgame interview, the misdemeanor marijuana charge - it's all there. And it makes Lincecum appear - at first glance, anyway - like a happy-go-lucky guy who'd enjoy the spoils of stardom without a care in the world.
Enter The Franchise, Showtime's ongoing Giants documentary, to change that. A recently-released clips follows Lincecum around, and we find a guy who'd...pretty much rather just keep to himself. Sure, he lives up to some of the stereotypes - check his reaction while playing a video game, for example - but when it comes to coping with the attention baseball stars receive, he's no Brian Wilson:
One: we kind of can't believe someone asked Tim Lincecum for his take on global warming. Two: awwww puppies. Three: if anything, this endeared Lincecum to us more. Rather than an arch-stoner, he strikes us as a pretty regular guy in his 20s who happens to have an incredible gift for throwing baseballs. And far from just being a chill bro who doesn't really give a crap, he cares. He's talented, but he's passionate, too: enough that if it were up to him, he'd just go out and, in his words, "let my ball do the talking." Here are his career stats. So far, so good.
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