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Pick of the day: Lincecum's Freak Chronicles

By Paul Schwartzman


There are moments when professional athletes personify the character and culture of the towns in which they play. Think of Joe Namath, with his furs, babes, Johnnie Walker Red, and long hair--an Alabama boy who became the glamorous embodiment of New York City in the late 60's. Or Magic Johnson, the L.A. Laker who became the flamboyant face of La-La land in the 80's.

Is not Giants ace Tim "The Freak" Lincecum the natural poster boy for San Francisco? Yes, the long hair reminds us of the city's counterculture tradition, as does his proven taste for smoking pot (he told one interviewer that he hoped there was “smoke in the air” in SF on the night the Giants beat the Rangers). It's Lincecum's free-and-easy attitude, as expressed in an ESPN profile, when he acknowledged that a daily shower is not necessarily part of his regimen.

"I might go three days," he told the magazine. "If it feels right, I go with it."

Lincecum is still young enough that only a handful of major profiles have been written about him, focusing in on the quirky delivery he developed under the watchful eye of his father, a Boeing parts distribution worker. Look for the celebrity machine to crank out a bevy of Lincecum stories in the near future. In the meantime, here's one from ESPN and another from Sports Illustrated, both of which capture the quirky character of San Francisco's newest favorite son.

By Paul Schwartzman  | November 3, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
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