Off the Press

March 8, 2011

As a journalist, I’ve covered fatal accidents, murder plots and bizarre incidents involving women jumping naked through living room windows. These stories always catch me off guard, but a room of 11-year-olds recently caught me more off-guard than ever.

Tim Pfarr Press reporter

As part of Newcastle Elementary School’s literacy celebration the first week of March, I volunteered to read aloud to the school’s fifth-graders. After reading, I talked about my job and answered questions from the students.

“Do you do more interviews on the phone or in person?” one girl asked.

Very good question, I told her. Definitely on the phone.

“Have you ever interviewed Tim Lincecum?”

Not yet, but I’d love to, I said.

Then, the weird questions came.

“Who do you like more, the New York Knicks or the Orlando Magic? Who do you like more, the Orlando Magic or the Miami Heat? Do you like Duke University?”


“Knicks? Magic? Yes?” I said.

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Liberty grad Tim Lincecum pitches Giants to World Series title

November 2, 2010

San Francisco Giants' Tim Lincecum carries the World Series trophy after winning baseball's World Series against the Texas Rangers Monday in Arlington, Texas. The Giants won 3-1 to capture the World Series. By David J. Phillip/AP

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.

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Liberty grad Tim Lincecum, Giants victorious in series opener

October 28, 2010

NEW — 10:40 a.m. Oct. 28, 2010

Liberty High School graduate Tim Lincecum wasn’t at his sharpest but he pitched well enough Wednesday as the San Francisco Giants stunned the Texas Rangers 11-7 in the opener of the World Series at San Francisco’s AT&T Park.

What was expected to be a low-scoring, pitchers duel between Lincecum and Texas’ Cliff Lee never developed. The Giants, who fought back from an early 2-0 deficit, lit up Lee for seven runs.

Lincecum pitched 5 1/2 innings, struck out just three and surrendered eight hits. However, he picked up the victory. When the Giants’ ace was relieved in the sixth inning, he was given a standing ovation by fans.

Nervous father watches as Giants’ Tim Lincecum tries to make history

October 21, 2010

NEW — 10:30 a.m. Oct. 21, 2010

Watching his son, Tim, pitch makes Chris Lincecum a nervous wreck — a trait shared by every player and manager the Giants face.

When he’s at the ballpark, Chris Lincecum will wander around the stands. When he’s at home in Bellevue, he’ll take out a three-inch binder and meticulously chart the game.

He did that when “Timmy,” as his dad still calls him, was running roughshod through college baseball at Washington (dominance that still didn’t convince the hometown major-league team to draft him, a fact I promise to never mention again. In this column, anyway; and one that inspires the elder Lincecum to say, pointedly — after ticking off the supposed reasons why Lincecum was supposed to fizzle in the majors, two Cy Youngs ago, “Oops.”).

Chris started a new notebook when Tim joined the Giants’ organization in 2006, beginning with his first minor-league game.

“I don’t do this for him,” he said, chuckling, in a recent phone interview. “I do this for my sanity.”

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Issaquah, Skyline soccer teams post shutouts

October 8, 2010

NEW — 4 p.m. Oct. 8, 2010

The Issaquah High School girls soccer team maintained its lead in the 4A KingCo Conference on Thursday with a 1-0 victory against host Woodinville.

Rachel Wheeler, assisted by Margaret Rauch, scored at the 12th minute for the Eagles. Goalkeeper Brooke Miller recorded her sixth straight shutout.

Issaquah, 6-0 in league action, holds a three-point lead over Skyline. The Eagles are 10-1 for the season.

Skyline, scored twice in the first half, and blanked visiting Bothell 2-0. Michelle Bretl and Madi Barney scored Skyline’s goals. Goalkeeper Tina Vargas recorded the shutout. Skyline is 5-0 in league play and 10-0 on the season.

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A major league homecoming

July 13, 2010

Issaquah grad Colin Curtis, now a New York Yankee, plays in Seattle for first time as major leaguer

Colin Curtis, former Issaquah High School baseball standout, takes batting practice July 8 at Safeco Field, before his New York Yankees meet the Seattle Mariners in the first game in front of his hometown fans. By Greg Farrar

Fifteen years ago, had Colin Curtis known he would someday become a major league outfielder, he would have said, “perfect, my plan is going to work.” At least that is what Curtis, now 25, said with a laugh when asked what his reaction would have been.

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Top 10 news stories of 2009

December 29, 2009

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Sisters Jennifer Davies, Julianne Long and Mindy Heintz (from left) retrieve belongings Jan. 8 from the toppled guesthouse at the home of their parents, Jack and Karen Brooks, beside Issaquah Creek in the 23300 block of Southeast May Valley Road. — By Greg Farrar

Growth slowed and the economy cooled throughout 2009. The watershed moments in Issaquah hinged on expansion and recession. Leaders broke ground for a major new employer, even while other businesses left town for good.

Issaquah began the first decade of a new century as a fast-growing city, a title the city held for years. As 2009 reached a close, however, officials pared the size of government to face the new economic reality.

From January floods to record July heat and brutal December cold, 2009 was jam-packed, but the year was never dull.

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Liberty grad Tim Lincecum repeats Cy Young

November 19, 2009

NEW — 11:55 a.m. Nov. 19, 2009

Liberty High School graduate Tim Lincecum repeated as the National League Cy Young Award winner in voting conducted by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

The San Francisco Giants right-hander collected 100 points to top Chris Carpenter, of the St. Louis Cardinals. Carpenter had 94 points. Lincecum received 11 first place votes and 12 second-place votes.

Lincecum became the first pitcher to win consecutive Cy Young Awards since Randy Johnson, won four straight for Arizona from 1999-2002.

This season Lincecum had a 15-7 record with a 2.48 earned run average and 261 strikeouts. Opponents hit just .206 off him, compared to .221 in 2008.

Issaquah’s Tim Lincecum to pitch in All-Star Game

July 13, 2009

NEW — 1 p.m. July 13, 2009

San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum, a former Liberty High School standout, will be the National League’s starting pitcher Tuesday night in the Major League All-star Game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

Lincecum, the National League’s reigning Cy Young Award winner, is 10-2 for the season, including a streak in which he has won 10 of 11 decisions and posted a 1.96 ERA.

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