Liberty grad Tim Lincecum pitches Giants to World Series title
November 2, 2010
By Bob Taylor
NEW — 11:55 a.m. Nov. 2, 2010
When Tim Lincecum came to Rangers Ballpark on Monday he was wearing a bow-tie and dressed as if headed to a party. As things turned out for the former Liberty High School baseball star, he will be doing some serious partying the rest of this week in San Francisco.
Lincecum hurled eight powerful innings to help the San Francisco Giants defeat the host Texas Rangers 3-1 and win the World Series. The World Series title was the first for the National League franchise since 1954, when it was based in New York.
Known to Giants’ fans by his nickname “The Freak,” the Rangers discovered there was something freakish about Lincecum’s pitching. The San Francisco right-hander dazzled the Rangers with a repertoire of pitches — fastballs, sliders, curveballs and changeups — as he out-dueled former Seattle Mariner Cliff Lee. Lincecum struck out 10 batters and allowed just three hits.
He surrendered a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh to Ranger Nelson Cruz. The Giants, however, took the lead in the top of the seventh when Edgar Renteria broke up a scoreless contest with a three-run home run.
The victory was the second in the World Series for Lincecum, who beat Lee in the opener.
Lincecum had a 4-1 post-season record with 43 strikeouts in 37 innings. His post-season accomplishments included a brilliant two-hit shutout against the Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series and a victory against Philadelphia ace Roy Halladay in the NL Championship Series.
The World Series caps another outstanding season for Lincecum, a two-time Cy Young Award winner. He was 16-10 this season and pitched in the All-star game.
Liberty High School fans remember Lincecum for his pitching in 2003 when the Patriots captured the 3A state baseball title. He was selected as the state’s Player of the Year that season.
Although drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2003, Lincecum decided to play at the University of Washington. In 2006, he received the Golden Spikes Award, which goes to the top amateur baseball player in the nation. Lincecum was also drafted in the first round that year by the Giants. He became the first University of Washington player ever taken in the first round of the draft.