Tim Lincecum

Giants fan convinces Baseball-Reference to change Tim Lincecum's photo

Giants fan convinces Baseball-Reference to change Tim Lincecum's photo

The first thing you want to do when you become a baseball beat writer is make a mental list of the best nacho stands in every opposing ballpark. The very next thing you want to do is become a wiz on Baseball-Reference.

Seriously, the website is one of the most important tools for baseball writers and fans. Want to know which high school Buster Posey went to or how many NL Player of the Week Awards he has? They've got you covered. Want to know how many walk-off doubles Hunter Pence has? They can help you find the answer in a few seconds. Want to know the last time the Giants hit into five double plays and still won the game? A quick search of their play index gets you to May 13, 2016.

It's a website baseball writers use multiple times a day every day, but every once in a while you find a flaw, and a Giants fan did on Tim Lincecum's birthday. Baseball-Reference is sometimes too detailed. For instance, they changed Lincecum's thumbnail pic to his Rangers headshot when he finished his career there in 2018, but that was a bummer if you were a Giants fan.

I would cringe every time I clicked on his page and saw the Rangers cap. Tylor decided to actually do something about it:

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The site immediately made the change, and No. 55 looks a lot better in orange and black (while you're there, take another look at those crazy 2008 and 2009 numbers). Good job, Tylor, and well done, Baseball-Reference. And happy belated birthday, Timmy:

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Tim Lincecum had ridiculous In-N-Out Burger order during Giants peak

Tim Lincecum had ridiculous In-N-Out Burger order during Giants peak

Few baseball players were as electrifying as former Giants ace Tim Lincecum at the peak of his powers. Even fewer could probably match his typical order from In-N-Out Burger.

MLB.com’s Chris Landers compiled a list of baseball players’ weirdest diets, and Lincecum’s go-to selections at the legendary West Coast fast-food chain made the cut.

Fresh off his first World Series win and not yet two years removed from winning back-to-back NL Cy Young Awards, Lincecum revealed to reporters during spring training in 2011 that he would order three double-doubles (with ketchup but sans lettuce and tomatoes), two sets of french fries and a chocolate-strawberry milkshake.

No wonder they called him "The Freak."

The meal adds up to 3,150 calories. In Lincecum’s defense, participating in the national pastime -- as can partaking in one of his favorite pastimes -- worked up quite the appetite.

"For me it's always been harder to put on weight than to take it off,'' Lincecum said in March 2011 (via ESPN’s Jim Caple). "It can drop easily for me because my metabolism is through the roof. I sweat a whole s--tload. Given that, I try to fight it by eating often and eating a lot when I can until I'm full. And even then, just trying to stuff it in.''

Lincecum cut back a bit heading into the 2012 season, in which he ultimately won his second World Series ring. Specifically, he cut one burger from the order.

“Just don’t make sure you pick up the third one,” he quipped to Andrew Baggarly, then with Bay Area News Group.

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Considering that the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans estimate the necessary daily caloric intake for adult women ranges from 1,600 to 2,400 calories and 2,000 to 3,000 for men, it goes without saying you shouldn’t regularly pull a Lincecum. He was, after all, a professional athlete in his early 20s.

I wouldn’t be opposed to putting “No. 55” on the secret menu, though.

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What Pat Burrell remembers most from Giants' 2010 World Series run

What Pat Burrell remembers most from Giants' 2010 World Series run

This season was supposed to help vault the Giants into the future, but it was also going to celebrate a huge part of their past.

The organization planned to spend much of the summer looking back at the 2010 team that finally brought a World Series title to San Francisco, culminating with a weekend reunion in the middle of August. The Giants planned to hold the reunion August 16 and give out replica rings to the first 30,000 fans to stream through the gates. 

That's all up in the air now, and while games that far ahead haven't been canceled yet, nobody can imagine a situation where fans are able to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of that team in person anytime soon. On this week's Giants Insider Podcast, Pat Burrell, an integral part of the lineup that year, said he's hopeful the organization still honors that team at some point. 

"I hope we get a chance to do something and it's not like a Zoom reunion," Burrell said, laughing. 

The Giants certainly will find a way when baseball gets back to normal. They do ceremonies better than anyone, and the 2010 reunion was going to be a big one. Many of those players returned last September for Bruce Bochy's final game and talked about how much they were looking forward to the 2010 reunion, and even the elusive Tim Lincecum was expected to be back. 

When Burrell, now hitting coach for the San Jose Giants, was asked what stood out about that team, he mentioned that pitching staff that included Lincecum. But the first thing that came to mind was something else.

"The momentum. If you were close to that team or around it, there was such a sense that there was something special there," Burrell said. 

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Burrell, a Bay Area native, signed with the Giants in late May of that season after being DFA'd by Tampa Bay. He provided a needed dose of power, hitting 18 homers in 289 at-bats. That was one of several significant under-the-radar moves that general manager Brian Sabean made to bolster the lineup, which didn't need to do much. The pitching just needed a little help.

"The pitching was so next-level and I don't think a lot of people realized how good the pitching was," Burrell said. "I did because I had come from other places that were heavily loaded offensive teams and always searching for the pitching. When I got to San Francisco, to see the arms, the starting pitching, the bullpen -- the bullpen, I don't know that they could ever get enough credit for what they did for those block of years with the three championships -- that just doesn't happen a whole lot.

"You can interchange offensive parts like they did and be successful, but it's really hard to lose pitching, and they were able to keep those guys around. Once we started scoring a little more runs, once our offense got into sync there, we started gaining momentum, and it just didn't stop." 

That staff was led by Lincecum, the two-time reigning Cy Young Award winner, and Matt Cain, who had a 3.14 ERA in 223 1/3 innings. Jonathan Sanchez had his best season in 2010 and a 20-year-old Madison Bumgarner bolstered the rotation down the stretch and in October. The bullpen was brilliant, with Brian Wilson backing the Core Four. 

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The lineup skewed much older, and Burrell remembers a sense that everyone was coming together to take one final run at big league success. 

"It was kind of the last chance for us to do something," Burrell said. "We couldn't have asked for a better environment. As an offense, we really weren't asked to do so much because the pitching was so good."