Archive for November, 2008

…. Meet Market

I went to the city this weekend, a little fun time for the old boy. Saw Gov’t Mule at the Filmore Friday nite. Awesome show, Warren Haynes is simply astonishing.

Saturday was a bit more low-key, but ended up at Kell’s Irish Pub for a late night soda pop. I was working for a general contractor when Kell’s was built, and even though it was the biggest project I ever ran, it’s not too much of a stretch to say that I was –at least partly– responsible for getting that building opened.

I haven’t been there since then –like seven or eight years now– and it was cool seeing the owner Paul and his buddy Sanji. The place was rocking, packed to the gills and just really banging. We had a great time, and stayed until closing.

Anyway, as we were leaving, I lost one of my friends, so I ended up wandering back into the place looking for him, and walked right into, guess who?

The Franchise! That’s right, little old me walked right into Tim Lincecum and his entourage, as they were on their way out. I shouted, “Tim!” He looked right at me and said, “hey,” and I reached out and shook his hand. I told him about my site — hope he stops by– congratulated him for his great season and winning the Cy Young Award -by the way, shit-eating grin is about the right way to describe the smile that looks perpetually attached to his face right about now- gave him a pat on the shoulder and sort of dazed, kept on looking for my friend.

First impression, he has that look, that glow, that the preternaturally gifted all seem to have. His handshake was impressive, to say the least. He did seem normal sized, not huge, but his hands were large, solid, and seemed very strong.

He was genuinely friendly, and I felt pretty great getting to meet him in person. Thanks for being such an approachable star, Tim.

…. Franchise this

Tim Lincecum won the NL Cy Young, with 23 of 32 first place votes. Lincecum, was dominant for one of the worst teams in the majors, and was pretty much the only bright spot for the Giants, a franchise deep in the doldrums.

The 24-year-old right-hander was 18-5 with a 2.62 ERA and a major league-best 265 strikeouts, remarkable numbers for a fourth-place team that finished 72-90.

Lincecum led the NL in winning percentage (.783), ranked second in ERA and was third with 227 innings. He made his first All-Star squad, but an illness prevented him from appearing in the July 15 game at Yankee Stadium.

Here’s the SF Chronicle’s take:

The landslide surprised Lincecum, who was sitting on his sofa at home in San Francisco watching NFL highlights on TV when he got the call saying he won.

“I thought it was going to be a lot closer,” he said. “I definitely don’t want to say I had it in the bag. I was thinking somebody else would have it, Johan Santana, CC or Webb. Those guys are all great players. I think they’re all three Cy Young winners previously. I figured they had a better shot, or as good a shot as I did.”

Lincecum often sounded nonchalant about his Cy Young chances, but teammate Brian Wilson revealed the thought had crossed both of their minds as early as spring training.

“Tim and I made some goals for each other, and the Cy happened to be just one of the many we set,” the closer said. “We joked around about both winning the award and calling it the ‘Cys Youngs.’ I can almost assure you that out of all the candidates, not one of them started their spring training off with winning that award in mind.

“Every start that Tim had, he had an agenda. As outlandish as it seems, focusing on that goal subsequently helped him focus on success and achievement.”

All commentary is the opinion of John J Perricone unless otherwise noted.
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