I expected to use this title a couple of years ago. Back then it seemed like it was only a matter of time. However, in the last couple seasons, that thought pattern died. Lincecum starts have brought many things to mind lately ( narcotics, for one ), but, sad to say, certainly not no hitters. That all changed tonight as Tim Lincecum delivered only the seventh no hitter in S.F. Giants history. A 148 pitch gem that featured 13 strikeouts, 12 of them swinging. Like all no hitters, a couple great defensive plays were needed, but basically it was all Timmeh. It was frigging AWESOME!
The Freak (a moniker I haven't used much this season) was dealing from the start. His curveball has become a staple and he used it often. But the split finger looked especially devastating. The four walks were well scattered, so no perfection, but, sheesh, who's complaining? I can't help but think how happy Tim's agent must be. That single flashy win could add MILLIONS to Tim's next contract. Does he now become more desirable to the Giants? After all, is there any Giant more loved? Even after some rough times, the excitement he brings is tangible. And this just adds to the legend. Will it help keep him in SF?
I got to see the end of the game at The Firestone Public House in Sacramento. It was thrilling to join in the cheers of the crowded establishment. The way Buster grabbed Tim from behind will be a visual that I hope I never lose. Tonight is why we love this game so much.