my valentine for bill can be yours if you like.
Lincecum doesn’t watch a lot of pregame film, as many pitchers do, to look for vulnerabilities in the hitters he’s about to face. “I stick to my strengths as opposed to going after everyone’s weaknesses,” he told me. “If you can hit it, come hit it.”
I’d like to think that I have the same attitude about life as Timmeh does about pitching.
Summer Anne’s Guide to Cute Boys in the 2010 World Series
Elvis Andrus (shortstop, Texas Rangers)
There’s a certain kind of player I like. I assembled an entire fake team of them one night at a bar, and Elvis Andrus was my short stop. In short, I like my guys young, fast, smart, and good at their positions. I care less about home runs and even less than that about ‘clutch.’ I just want to see guys who understand baseball and who play with focus and with passion. Oh, and I want them to steal bases. I love that shit. So, Elvis Andrus is the best example of my kinda guy in the world series right now, and he’s a joy to watch. When there’s nothing much else going on with the game, I just watch Elvis do everything right on every play. He never takes his head out of the game and he never lacks hustle, and for those things I adore him.
And his name is Elvis.
Summer Anne’s Guide To Cute Boys in the 2010 World Series:
Buster Posey (catcher, San Francisco Giants)
Gerald “Buster” Dempsey Posey III — best name currently in baseball?
The boy is 23 and he’s been tearing it up in his rookie year. I think if you’re a casual fan, Posey is probably one of the best things about watching the playoffs. You have a feeling your kids might be jealous that you saw-him-when. Plus, he’s apple cheeked and Georgiaaccented and, you know, just adorable.
Summer Anne’s Guide to Cute Boys of the 2010 World Series:
C.J. Wilson (pitcher, Texas Rangers)
I should have warned you that I really don’t have nearly as much to say about anyone on either team as I do about Tim Lincecum, but nonetheless, I’ll admit that this C.J. Wilson kid is pretty fine. He’s also straight edge — like, really SXE and preachin’ it — and he is some kind of car racer in his “spare time.” He actually seems to like racing more than he likes baseball, which is both adorable and kind of annoying at the same time. He’s definitely one of those “athletes are just like us!!!” guys, maybe more so than anyone in baseball. His twitter feed is full of dorky win, and basically reads more like some hipstery baseball fan than an actual player. He — like all of us watching the series — is obsessed with Brian Wilson’s beard. He likes to quote his dad watching the game. He plays mini-golf. He’s got a bunch of tats and unlike Josh Hamilton, he doesn’t regret them and wanna get them removed. And yeah, you know, he’s pretty fine. I’ve noticed that a lot of the male bb fans I know seem to think C.J. Wilson is kind of an asshole. I’m guessing that’s mostly ‘cause of the sometimes douchey facial hair situation. But maybe it’s also jealousy. The guy is just. like. us. Except he gets paid to be good at baseball.
Summer Anne’s Guide To Cute Boys of the 2010 World Series:
Tim Lincecum (Starting Pitcher, San Francisco Giants)
At only 26 years old (and only five foot eleven inches tall), Tim Lincecum has dominated major league baseball for the last few years. He won the last two Cy Young awards (pitching’s highest honor). He throws a 90+ degree two-seam fastball, a mid-90s four-seam fastball, a changeup (although he holds it like a splitter), a sharp curveball, and a slider. He has an unorthodox delivery — even to a baseball novice’s eye, you can tell he’s doing something way different from everyone else. Mostly, it’s in the stride. He basically jumps off of the mound — according to SI, “the normal stride length for a pitcher is 77-87 percent of his height. Lincecum’s stride is 7 1/2 feet (129% of his height).”
Tim is the perfect “face of the franchise” for San Francisco. He looks more like one of the Z boys from Venice than a typical baseball player. He has long hair, he never washes his hat (it’s a superstitious thing), he smokes pot (he got busted last year, to no one’s surprise), and his walkout-to-the-mound song is MGMT’s Electric Feel. When he was reupping his contract in the off-season, he was quoted as saying he wanted to spend his money (millions of dollars) on one of those cool old VW buses that you can put a surfboard on top of. You can’t make this stuff up.
But then there’s something else too, this childlike innocent quality that you don’t see very often in a guy who’s regularly embarrassing batters twice his size and experience level. He seems funny and sweet and more than a little dorky. He’s not flashy or blinging, but he still has a boyish air of cocky confidence — and who wouldn’t? His dad is his best friend — they refer to each other as soulmates. When the Giants did an ‘American Idol’ event, he dressed up as Frank Sinatra and sang “Fly Me To The Moon.”
But I don’t mean to diminish the most obvious and important thing about TL: He’s an insanely amazing athlete. A “freak,” if you will. His dad tells a story about his perfect golf game. He walks on his hands, does backflips in the dugout (and gets in trouble for it). And the sheer strength and athleticism is really the only thing that can account for that delivery: most people, even other pitchers, would land hard with that kind of lunge, but Tim makes it look gentle and easy. As any gymnast can tell you, one of the hardest thing to do in sports is making something extremely difficult look graceful, and that’s what Lincecum does — and I think that’s what makes him special.
Plus he’s freakin’ adorable. His striking resemblance to Mitch Kramer in Dazed and Confused just helps the case. I was like twelve when D&C came out and all I wanted in the world was a cute, naive, long-haired boyfriend to introduce me to the older kids and introduce me to good bands. Plus he kind of also reminds me of Cameron Frye and if you know me, perhaps you know that definitely spells fireworks in my heart.
Here’s the funniest SportsCenter commerical ever. ”Big time TImmy Jim’s office!”
this short film is just completely infinitely charming and delightful.
Lights Out: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum star in Morgan and Destiny’s Eleventeenth Date — hitRECord’s acclaimed SXSW follow-up to Sundance’s Morgan M. Morgansen’s Date with Destiny.
it was one of the most pleasant days I’ve had in a long time. We got drunk and laughed and danced and got in a hot tub and ate pizza. It was sort of like my eighth birthday party
Crush on You - Flesh Lights
Matador did this Austin compilation. It’s pretty fun, mostly punk bands, a few that my friends are in (The Young, The No No Hopes) and one of my favorite local bands lately, The Golden Boys. But this song is my favorite one on the whole disc. I don’t know the band, although they play shows with some bands I do know occasionally. But this song is the jam, I woulda put it on every mix tape I made in high school and might still put it on a few these days.