Happy Birthday – Tim Lincecum
June 15th is Tim Lincecum’s birthday! Here are some Giants Gems about Tim from the 2012 Giants Media Guide – Happy Birthday Tim!
- Tim’s delivery is the creation of his father, Chris, who emphasized three fundamentals: 1) “tilt” – the turn of Tim’s shoulders toward the third base dugout, forcing him to pick up the target out of the corner of his left eye; 2) “dangle” – the downward thrust of his right arm as he turns toward home plate; and 3) “reach” – the violent forward propulsion that creates a stride that exceeds his height.
- The normal stride length for a pitcher is 77% to 87% of his height. Tim’s stride is 129%, or roughly 7 1⁄2 feet.
- Was given the nickname “The Franchise” by former Giants reliever Steve Kline.
- He is something of a human jukebox. He knows the lyrics to hundreds of songs, from Frank Sinatra to the Beatles to rap, country and techno. He once performed My Prerogative by Bobby Brown for a local Washington radio station when he was in college.