I respect Grant incredibly. I also respect the following [even tho it sounds like Grant’s denigrating Tim, he isn’t. & even tho I’m a fuck yeah blog posting this critique, I’m not either. I’m just brutally honest with my love. & it’s why I exploded with the WHY IS HE EVEN ON THE ROSTER IF YOU’LL NEVER USE HIM series of rants] :
Here’s a headline:
Giants aiming to find role for Lincecum in NLCS
There are quotes:
"I know he didn’t get in a game, and I’d like to give him a game.
"He’s done a lot for us. I haven’t forgotten that."
I have thoughts.
The first thought is that anyone denigrating Tim Lincecum — Cy Young winner (2x), World Series winner (2x) and Padres no-hitterer (2x) — is a bad person who should be locked in a steamer trunk and forgotten about until they’ve realized what they’ve done and apologized. I want Lincecum to get a game. I want him to strike out six batters in an inning, with the last out coming with the bases loaded. This is possible because of dropped third strikes and such, and it should happen.
The second thought: no.
He’s done a lot for the Giants. Bochy is correct. He’s doneso damned much. He took this team places I never thought they would go in my lifetime. I haven’t forgotten that. On the other hand, I can’t imagine a scenario where he comes into the game in a way that helps the Giants win a baseball game right now. The Giants aren’t in a spot where they should be dishing out complimentary games, either.
Take Game 2 of the NLDS as an example. The Giants, looking to go up 2-0 in the NLDS, played an 18-inning game. Do you realize how freaky that situation is? The Giants had played seven 18-inning-or-longer games in franchise history. Total. That’s New York and San Francisco, both. In one of them, Babe Adams justdidn’t know how to win. In another one, some random cup-of-coffee minor leaguertook the loss.
There were seven of those games before Game 2. That’s because it’s a freak occurrence, a total puddle of nonsense. It’s so far on the edge of the reasonable-expectation spectrum, it’s safe to ignore as a realistic possibility. And yet when the Giants played an 18-inning game in the playoffs, they still found a way not to use Tim Lincecum. Basically, they’re saving him for the 19th inning, which is like making plans for a yeti attack.
Meanwhile, in the bullpen, there’s a guy who isn’t to be trusted unless the game goes 19. Seriously, when do you use Lincecum? How about the situation the Giants used Hunter Strickland in Game 4? Just Lincecum and Bryce Harper, a one-run lead on the line.
How about a situation like Petit was used in for Game 2? One run ends it. One run could mean the series. So the Giants need five, six, or seven innings to secure the win.
Ninth inning? Nope. Eighth with a one-run lead? A two-run lead? A four-run lead? Nope. Nope. Nope.
The only two scenarios that make sense are 1) Giants up by, I don’t know, eight runs , and 2) a 19-inning game. Neither one of those scenarios is likely enough to justify the roster spot.
I get that Lincecum has done more for the Giants than just about anyone who has ever — ever — put on the uniform. When it comes to the best 25 players for a National League Championship Series in 2014, he probably shouldn’t have made the cut. It shouldn’t be much of a debate. He’s on the roster, so this is me talking to hear my own voice. I think it’s a mistake, though.
If you think I’m being hard on the boy, don’t worry. I’m the master of doublethink:
I won’t speak for anyone else, but he’s a Giant last I checked.
The point is I’m a fan. You are apparently one as well. We just look at it differently. I love all the smart (and otherwise) analysis that happens here and elsewhere on the other sites, but I just choose to support the 25 the organization has decided to go with. I wont mind if he fucks up and I’m proven wrong. I trust those making the decisions.
When our season’s over at the end of the month, I’ll be debating how to improve the team with the rest of you, but for now, I’m happy with Timmy and Arias being the ones chosen to get it done. (Both—oddly enough—are coming back next year.)
In short, to semi-quote Jeff Kent "I’m enjoying the game more." (that is, more than I used too—not more than you and others that share your opinion) — by bgunn