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Tim Lincecum: social pioneer

Nov 8, 2009, 3:29 PM EDT

At least to the San Jose Mercury News, he is:

Though it won’t be on the
same epic scale as a Jackie Robinson or a Muhammad Ali, who sacrificed
considerable parts of themselves to bear necessary torches, Lincecum’s
contribution will stand as part of another movement.

marijuana is fully decriminalized and legalized sometime in the next 20
years, sports figures will be among the many whose exceptional
accomplishments will have given testimony on its behalf.

Among the greats cited alongside Linceucm in the pot Hall of Fame: Phil Jackson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Robert Parish, Randy Moss, one of the greatest wide receivers in NFL
history, and Michael Phelps. The editorial goes so far as to say that between his slacker looks and his apparent love of weed, Lincecum is poised to be a marketing piece for Major League Baseball as it attempts to court younger fans.

Whatever.  I don’t judge Lincecum at all. I’m a live and let live kind of guy when it comes to such things. Glass houses and stones and all of that. But I know one thing: no matter how forward thinking and cutting edge the people who write these kind of editorials think themselves to be, we won’t truly be in the brave new world to which they aspire until the day comes when an athlete finds himself in Lincecum’s situation . . .and no one cares at all. Because in the grand scheme of things — even the scheme having to do with the decriminalization of weed — this is pretty meaningless.

  1. Son of Shane Mack - Nov 8, 2009 at 5:28 PM

    How can you forget Ricky Williams? He’s the man who’d rather sit around and smoke pot than play football in the NFL!

  2. Wells Oliver - Nov 8, 2009 at 5:42 PM

    Conflating this situation with a legalization issue is pretty disappointment on another level because Lincecum was driving. I’m all for legalization, and further all for staying out of the business of consenting adults, but you really shouldn’t be driving around stoned. We wouldn’t be writing such congratulatory editorials if Timmy had a DUI.

  3. Craig Calcaterra - Nov 8, 2009 at 6:07 PM

    To be fair, the editorial makes a big point of that — no excuse whatsoever if Lincecum was at all impaired, and that in such a case he should be condemned. But in Lincecum’s situation there was no evidence of such impairment according to multiple sources.

  4. Lawrence A. Herman - Nov 9, 2009 at 8:22 AM

    No mention of (Spaceman) Bill Lee? He probably made up the pancake story, but he must have been on something.

  5. jonny5 - Nov 9, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    Compared to alcohol Marijuana is nothing. Many people die at the hands of intoxicated drivers every day, as far as weed goes??? Well , let’s just say much less. It’s strange that one is legal without the other less dangerous drug being legal as well…. Not that I touch the stuff, but if you use common sense and reason……….

  6. BoB MarleY - Nov 9, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    don’t inhale, ok mon……

  7. allen - Nov 9, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    who cares?

  8. DFUNK - Nov 9, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    If you need poot for med. reason fine, but to make it legal??? Sure alcohol is legal and yo can see the amount of peps that get killed by D. drivers. Whos to say it wont happened with zig zags burners.
    Everyone talks about society and the way is all screwed up but the present generation deals with what he previous one stabled. Why not try to make it better for the next?
    But is never a problem until a family member gets hurt by someone under the influence.

  9. DFUNK - Nov 9, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    To the comment of who cares??
    I do..
    When kids look see that they become more prome to do it.
    We all had an idol groing up.
    If you got kids and they see this and it doesn’t bug you,Bad language in front of your kids if you have any won’t either.

  10. Jackson - Nov 9, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    I agree, why should I have to worry about drunk drivers AND stoned drivers. I rather not have to deal with some stoner falling asleep in their car while driving. And as for the “who cares” comment, I care as well. If kids start thinking that pot isn’t a big deal they’d certainly be more inclined to do it. Instead of realizing that it might take away some motivation/ambition that they have in their lives, they might think – if athletes do it, what can it possibly do to me. Allowing it in moderation just isn’t enough for me, I’m glad its illegal.

  11. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Nov 9, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    And as for the “who cares” comment, I care as well. If kids start thinking that pot isn’t a big deal they’d certainly be more inclined to do it. Instead of realizing that it might take away some motivation/ambition that they have in their lives, they might think – if athletes do it, what can it possibly do to me.

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