Tim Lincecum came home.
After a week of speculation, Giants fans' hopes came true Sunday when the two-time Cy Young Award winner and three-time World Series champion returned to Oracle Park for Bruce Bochy's final game as San Francisco's manager.
Great to say hello to a smiling Tim Lincecum, who is clearly enjoying seeing his old teammates and celebrating Bruce Bochy's farewell. Lincecum, two-time NL Cy Young Award winner with a pair of no-hitters, didn't want to reflect on Bochy at this moment.— Janie McCauley (@JanieMcCAP) September 29, 2019
Spoke briefly to Tim Lincecum here at an Oracle Park suite. Not the best venue for an interview; he was busy catching up with teammates. But he was as genial as ever and didn't look a day older than when he pitched for the Giants. #SFGiants— Chris Haft/MLB.com (@goodforball) September 29, 2019
This dude. pic.twitter.com/Cvw1DhsHRp— Ann Killion (@annkillion) September 29, 2019
Lincecum has not pitched in San Francisco since June 27, 2015. He became a free agent the following offseason and signed with the Los Angeles Angels, but the 35-year-old has not played in the big leagues since then. Lincecum largely has kept to himself since ending his comeback attempt with the Texas Rangers in 2018, but Bochy long has held a soft spot for his former ace.
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"He's somebody who's dear to all of our hearts,” Bochy told reporters last June when the Rangers released Lincecum. " ... I would always have a spot for Timmy somewhere, [though] we don't have a spot here. ... But as far as ever needing anything, he's someone pretty special.”
Bochy's final game always was going to have star power, but Lincecum's presence almost certainly takes the cake.