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Tim Lincecum misses celebration, scratched from start

Sep 23, 2012, 9:43 AM EDT

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The Giants celebrated their second National League West title in three years on Saturday night at AT&T Park without a certain eccentric right-hander.

According to Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com, Tim Lincecum was sent home early so that he could rest up for his scheduled Sunday start. Once the Giants clinched with an 8-4 victory over the Padres, manager Bruce Bochy called him back to join in on the fun and told Yusmeiro Petit that he’d be taking the bump in the series finale. But Timmy was unable to return to the stadium because of congestion on the streets of San Francisco.

Which, as Baggarly explains, is highly unfortunate:

Two years ago, Tim Lincecum was a holy terror to anyone with a hot microphone in a champagne-soaked clubhouse. He snuck enough four-letter words on the air to make the FCC blush.

But Saturday night, as the Giants celebrated another NL West title, Lincecum was nowhere to be found.

The 28-year-old has bounced back nicely from a dismal second half, boasting a 3.06 ERA and 79/34 K/BB ratio in 79 1/3 innings since the All-Star break. He’ll take his next turn in the rotation later this week.

  1. kiwicricket - Sep 23, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Not sure which is more crazy…..Lincecum leading the league in losses, or the Giants still managing to win the division despite him being awful.

  2. onbucky96 - Sep 23, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Come on, we all know the real reason Timmy was sent home. As Giants fan likes to say, Let Timmy Smoke! Damn hippees, put your chronic away and stop make excues for your drugged out cheaters!

    • ducksouped - Sep 23, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      Cheaters?? Dodger fan?? Or just a jealous hater. Hope you enjoy watching us in the post season!

      • lewp - Sep 23, 2012 at 11:43 AM

        Yes Cheaters….

        Last I checked PEDS are not legal to use…Why else do you think Melkey isn’t playing???

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 23, 2012 at 12:01 PM

        Weed is a PED? For what, an eating competition?

  3. randygnyc - Sep 23, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    He was cruising the Castro.

  4. mgdsquiggy17 - Sep 23, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    “Damn hippees, put your chronic away and stop make excues for your drugged out cheaters!”

    Because only hippies are the ones out there smoking “chronic”? Especially when you’re using a word for it that I don’t think hippies have ever used to refer to it. I’m going to go on a limb and say I bet a lot of those hippies could care less about the Giants too.

    • jimeejohnson - Sep 23, 2012 at 12:27 PM

      Damn short-haired, narrow mined, obedient sheeple: don’t tread on me!

  5. temporarilyexiled - Sep 23, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Ah yes, TL and the Giants seem to make lots of you go poopie. It’s the usual list: long hair, weed, and homophobia. At best, you’re beating a dead horse with your lame attempts at trolling. At worst, your views are disgusting. The truth is usually somewhere in between, which still makes it a really bad place to be. Maybe you can up the ante and do us a favor by getting banned from the site.

  6. earthmanbrad - Sep 23, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Go Giants! Haters beware! Reds beware! Nationals beware! Yankees Beware…nah, no chance. Rangers Beware!

  7. annaalamode - Sep 23, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Hippie references and gay jokes! Nobody has ever made those jokes about San Francisco before!

  8. b0ngg - Sep 23, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    we are long overdue for another episode of timmy & bus

  9. vincentbojackson - Sep 24, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Please cut the ridiculous mop already.

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