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!”
Here’s a creepy commercial he did for MLB 2K9.