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Tim Lincecum scratched with flu

Jul 26, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

Tim Lincecum AP

Tim Lincecum is ducking the Phillies.  Or Vance Worley, anyway.

The Giants scratched their ace, who looked just fine at the White House yesterday, with a case of “the flu” Tuesday and moved up Barry Zito in the rotation to replace him in tonight’s showdown.

I think Lincecum just wanted to take his chances with Cole Hamels instead of the red-hot Worley.  Worley has allowed one run or fewer in six straight starts, the longest such streak in the NL this season.  If he can do it again tonight, he’ll match Justin Verlander for the majors’ longest streak this season.

Lincecum, on the other hand, has allowed one run or fewer in a mere five of his last six starts.  He’s 8-8 with a 2.90 ERA, while Worley is 6-1 with a 2.02 ERA.

  1. halladaysbiceps - Jul 26, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    Clearly this year, Worley is better than Lincecum. Will somebody please tell Tim to get a haircut, though. Just like Brian Wilson, his appearance is embarrasing.

    • spudchukar - Jul 26, 2011 at 5:52 PM

      Looks good to me.

      • halladaysbiceps - Jul 26, 2011 at 5:56 PM

        Looks good to you? If he was pitching you the Yankees, he would have to get rid of that hair, along with Brian Wilson’s “Fear the Beard.” Be professionals, guys. Play ball and don’t make your physical appearance a distraction. It’s a disgrace.

      • gammagammahey - Jul 26, 2011 at 6:20 PM

        Who’s distracted? The opposition? If that’s the case, more power to them to keep the hair/beard/whatever.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 26, 2011 at 5:54 PM

      At least with Lincecum that is just the way he looks. As far as I recall he has always kind of looked that way. With Wilson it is just a complete act. That whole “fear the beard” nonsense and his what’s he going to next act are just dumbass shenanigans meant to draw attention to himself. He was probably looked inside a closet when he was a kid or something.

      • Matthew Pouliot - Jul 26, 2011 at 5:59 PM

        Exactly. Brian Wilson has gotten way more famous than he should be and made himself quite a bit of extra cash with his act. I imagine Lincecum’s hair has cost him a fair amount of endorsement money.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 26, 2011 at 6:25 PM

        I think it is more his laid back personality and refusal to act like a media whore in order to gain the spotlight. He lets his right arm do the talking. I’ve always liked Lincecum….Wilson on other hand is just a clown who won’t know what to do without the limelight. As a kid I lived in the same neighborhood as Rocky Colavito. He use to walk around the neighborhood in an Indians jacket with a baseball bat on his shoulder. I can see Wilson doing something similar…walking around with his beard clippings and a mitt telling kids about the glory days when nobody cares anymore.

      • spudchukar - Jul 26, 2011 at 6:27 PM

        I’m on board here. Everytime my girlfriend sees The Beard she bitches. Wilson has become a caricature of himself. Lincecum appears to be the real deal.

    • mcchef - Jul 26, 2011 at 6:11 PM

      Biceps, question for you….. did you have an issue with Kruk and Dalton’s sruffy beards and long hair? Did you challenge their professionalism as well? Or is it different when it comes to Philly players?

      • halladaysbiceps - Jul 26, 2011 at 6:14 PM

        Like I said below, they didn’t look anywhere near like these two, Lincecum and Wilson. Not even close. And they were not media whores like this Brian Wilson. He’s a disgrace. Did you watch the lowly espy’s? He comes out in a gimp suit? Pathetic, I say.

      • mcchef - Jul 26, 2011 at 6:15 PM

        and as I read more comments I see that I am late to the party…. I will thumbs down my earlier comment…. Wrong place too. poor showing in general!

      • halladaysbiceps - Jul 26, 2011 at 6:19 PM

        That’s Ok, mcchef. I love feedback, positive or negative. We can’t all read every single comment. Thanks for the response.

      • gammagammahey - Jul 26, 2011 at 6:21 PM

        Are you suggesting that Brian Wilson somehow disrespected the solemn sanctity of the ESPYs?

      • kellyb9 - Jul 27, 2011 at 9:20 AM

        … Or Vance Worley with his mohawk? 😉 – Sorry had to throw this one in here.

    • SOBEIT - Jul 26, 2011 at 6:24 PM

      Yes mom, I’ll clean my room too after the game, promise. No, I didn’t forget to brush my teeth before bed. Is it ok if I get a full body tatoo instead of having long hair?

  2. dlevalley - Jul 26, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    I don’t believe it. He and Obama went out last night for a bender, and woke up on the white house lawn.

    ‘Uh… Bochy… don’t think i’m going to make it to philly by 7. It’s complicated.’

  3. citynative - Jul 26, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    You mean the fans in Philadelphia won’t be able to whistle at a fellow man like last year? Darn. In all honesty, that was one of the worst attempts at taunting an opposing player in history.

    • halladaysbiceps - Jul 26, 2011 at 6:02 PM

      citynative of where? This man’s appearance, along with Brian Wilson’s, is a disgrace. If you cannot see that you are either a diehard Giants fan or are clueless about etiquette.

      • citynative - Jul 26, 2011 at 6:07 PM

        Etiquette? Who cares about etiquette? Did you care about eitquette with hair with the Phillies of the early 90’s? No. Do Philly fans care about ettiquette in general? No. Spare me the etiquette whining.

    • halladaysbiceps - Jul 26, 2011 at 6:09 PM


      We will agree to disagree. Fair enough.

      • spudchukar - Jul 26, 2011 at 6:19 PM

        Sure, take back the disgrace comment, and we can all enjoy our own particular coiffures.

      • halladaysbiceps - Jul 26, 2011 at 6:25 PM


        I made my opinion and the other gentleman made his opinion. I agreed to disagree with him.

        I take back nothing of what I said. It’s my opinion and I stick to it. I call it a disgrace and that’s how I see it. I’m being polite to dissenting opinions.

        Do you think that’s wrong?

      • spudchukar - Jul 26, 2011 at 6:43 PM

        Excepts, you called him clueless, which is hardly diplomatic. An initial comment like “hey, in my book it is a disgrace, but to each their own”, and all would be copacetic.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 26, 2011 at 6:50 PM

        He called him clueless about etiquette not clueless in general. There is a difference. I freely admit that I am clueless about etiquette but not clueless in general….though I’m sure some on this board would disagree.

      • halladaysbiceps - Jul 26, 2011 at 6:54 PM


        Are you my comments monitor again? Seriously. Let it go. If you want to talk about baseball, then let’s talk. Otherwise, please get off my back. I said nothing that’s so aweful for your critique.

      • wlschneider09 - Jul 26, 2011 at 7:02 PM

        You kind of opened the door HB, none of your appearance comments are exactly baseball based.

      • spudchukar - Jul 26, 2011 at 8:05 PM

        First off, you have my sincere compliments for your turnaround. But I am afraid that it will be awhile before I can envision you as HBT’s Emily Post. But again Kudos, for your Amiable Posts.

      • paperlions - Jul 26, 2011 at 8:38 PM

        In other words, biceps doesn’t think it is a free country and everyone should bend to conformity or they are a disgrace. IMO, his lack of respect for personal freedom is disgraceful. There is no one in history that made a difference because they were just like everyone else….no ideas come from those that think and do just like everyone else….they come from those that march to their own beat.

      • spudchukar - Jul 26, 2011 at 8:44 PM

        That is what I would have said, but I don’t have the skills or aptitude.

    • mercyflush - Jul 27, 2011 at 5:07 AM

      i thought it was hilarious. so did joe buck.

  4. Old Gator - Jul 26, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    Great photo. He looks like Neil from The Young Ones, speaking of which, why not star him in the American-made, San Francisco based remake of that august import? It’d be a bigger hit than Stumbling with the Stars.

  5. citynative - Jul 26, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    halladaysbiceps – Jul 26, 2011 at 5:56 PM
    Looks good to you? If he was pitching you the Yankees, he would have to get rid of that hair, along with Brian Wilson’s “Fear the Beard.” Be professionals, guys. Play ball and don’t make your physical appearance a distraction. It’s a disgrace.

    – – – – – –

    Is this coming from the same fan base that cheered for players such as Mitch Williams, Darren Daulton, Lenny Dykstra, Mickey Morandini, Pete Incaviglia? Do you remember their haircuts? OR should I say lack of them?

    • halladaysbiceps - Jul 26, 2011 at 6:04 PM

      They did not look anything like these two clowns. Not even close.

      • citynative - Jul 26, 2011 at 6:08 PM

        Ill take the SF Clowns with rings…you can have the clean shaven guys without.

      • gammagammahey - Jul 26, 2011 at 6:22 PM

        I get the feeling that bicepts is a Phan-come-lately.

      • halladaysbiceps - Jul 26, 2011 at 6:28 PM


        I’m 40 years old and have been watching baseball for over 30 years. Any poster here that knows me will vouch for that.

        How about you?

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 26, 2011 at 6:40 PM

        Biceps is definitely not a “Phan-come-lately”. Don’t make ignorant personal comments because you disagree.

    • FC - Jul 26, 2011 at 6:09 PM

      Wasn’t it Schilling who sprayed some stuff on his head to cover bald spots? Or was that a different pitcher.

      • citynative - Jul 26, 2011 at 6:15 PM

        Or was it not the act of a Philly pitcher named Turk Wendell who would wear a sharks tooth, chew black licorice, and brush his teeth between innings. I think Phillies fans cheered for that act. But…hey…I guess when he is your clown its ok, huh?

        Man, I thought Philly fans were supposed to be tough and knowledgable? All I have seen thus far is whining, a wanting to whistle at Lincecum, and getting owned in the knowledge department by other fans.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 26, 2011 at 6:20 PM

        Yeah, that was Turk Wendell. He was a bit nutty. It wasn’t an act though. He was out there. I don’t have a problem with Lincecum…he is who he is. It is Wilson that bothers me. As stated above, it is clearly just an act meant to either draw attention to himself so he can whore himself. Don’t be something your not in order to gain a few extra bucks. As far as the early 90’s Phillies teams, that is just who they were. It was not an act or anything.

  6. brian7grant - Jul 26, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    Brian Wilson is annoying and so is his beard! His beard has clearly taken over and he would be just another baseball player without it. I do agree that he is a great closer but his act is tiresome!

    • FC - Jul 26, 2011 at 6:10 PM

      It’s kind of like the story of Samson… cut out the beard and he’ll proceed to blow 12 or 13 save opportunities…

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 26, 2011 at 6:16 PM

        There is a soccer player named Fernando Torres. He had this somewhat long hair and was a fairly awesome player…scoring big goals (namely the winning goal in Euro 2008 for Spain) for club and country. He cut his hair before the World Cup and has sucked ever since prompting announcers and those of a similar ilk to make a similar remark regarding Samson.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 26, 2011 at 6:47 PM

        I can’t believe I used the same word twice in quick succession, in the same sentence no less. That would be a perfect opportunity to use an edit function.

    • mjagosports511 - Jul 26, 2011 at 6:59 PM

      correction….he would be a baseball player who has recorded the most saves in the past 2 years and led the league in saves last year, including lights out performances in the playoffs….and im pretty sure hes not caring what you’re thinking anyway

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 26, 2011 at 7:04 PM

        I am pretty sure he is saying that Wilson would not be receiving the same type of notoriety from non-baseball types if it weren’t for his act. I don’t see how one can argue that point. I’m sure he doesn’t care about what people think of him…that is pretty obvious. If he wants to whore himself for a few extra bucks and a few more 15 minutes, that’s cool….he is just a clown for doing so.

  7. eusless - Jul 26, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    While I can understand people growing tired of Wilson’s antics, I’m curious to know exactly how he’s making extra money making an ass out of himself.

    I’m a Giants fan and even I am getting tired of the off-field antics.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 26, 2011 at 7:01 PM

      National endorsements.

      • eusless - Jul 26, 2011 at 7:08 PM

        Well that’s a strong case you have there Lou. Certainly no other professional athlete has made money on the side from national endorsements.

        And what national endorsements might you be referring to?

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 26, 2011 at 7:19 PM

        I’ve seen him on commercials but don’t really pay much attention so I can’t really tell you what they are.

  8. Chris Fiorentino - Jul 26, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    Anyone who thinks Brian Wilson is just some “normal guy” who grew a beard obviously do not know much about him. Yeah, he has gotten more attention since they won the world series. But this is a guy who has been hanging around with crazy bastards like Charlie Sheen for many years. He always has been as nutty as a fruitcake.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 26, 2011 at 7:21 PM

      Not just the beard Chris. It’s his schtick in general. Unless he goes around wearing gimp suits in his spare time acting bizarrely then it is an act….I hope it is an act.

  9. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Jul 26, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    Who knows what bacteria or virus harbors in that hair?

    • Utley's Hair - Jul 26, 2011 at 7:36 PM

      It’s epic.

  10. Utley's Hair - Jul 26, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    Dude looks like Opera Man.

    • spudchukar - Jul 26, 2011 at 8:08 PM

      I thought Adam Sandler had dibs on that moniker.

  11. FC - Jul 26, 2011 at 9:00 PM

    Timmy: “I’m ready to pitch Bochy, who’s on for Philly?”

    Bochy: “Vance Worley”

    Timmy: “Vanimal? *cough* *cough* not feelin’ good Bochy, I think I got the Flu, send Zito to the mound…”

  12. sonoco - Jul 26, 2011 at 9:01 PM

    FWIW, two of the Giant beat writers and their two TV broadcasters mentioned he looked horrible this afternoon. They were speculating that Cain will go tomorrow vs Hamels to give Lincecum another day.

  13. go49ers - Jul 26, 2011 at 10:30 PM

    I like how these national outlets is questioning Timmy’s absence as “ducking” the Philly’s. It cracks me up. I’m a Giants fan and glad we got your attention. Your welcome. BTW, love the Lincecum long hair and Wilson’s beard!

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 26, 2011 at 10:48 PM

      I’m pretty sure those comments are made in jest. I think you are being a tad hypersensitive about the issue.

    • FC - Jul 27, 2011 at 9:49 AM

      Yeah dude it’s just joking around. We hope the guy gets better and recovers from his ills.

  14. thefuzziestkitty - Jul 26, 2011 at 10:35 PM

    Someone go tell Joe Namath to get a haircut too! He’s nowhere near the man Johnny Unitas is!

    Professional athletes are entertainers. If a player wishes to entertain outside of a game, hey I’m all for it. Just please be more like Shaq and less like Ron Artest. I know if I were a twenty-something playing ball for a living, I’d want to have fun. I actually think Brian Wilson said something like that. So when someone says they need to be “professionals,” I wonder “professional what?” Professional entertainers? Professional drones?

    I feel like there is a lot being misunderstood here as well. Last season, Brian Wilson said he’d shave his beard when the Giants were eliminated from the playoffs. From last season to now, they have yet to be eliminated. I credit the man for sticking to his word. I have also heard peers yell about his post-save gesture, which is a gesture to his deceased father – seems a bit tasteless to yell about, no?

  15. go49ers - Jul 28, 2011 at 10:19 PM

    Right on. Anyway, Timmy looked good today. Whatever the case may be I’m glad to see he put his “A” game today against the slugfest Phillies.
    Wilson is an awesome Closer!

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