It’s 8:44 ET as I type this.  The Giants aren’t a good baseball team.  They are unlikely to be a good team next year, either.

But it doesn’t matter on nights like tonight because Tim Lincecum is absolutely filthy, and he is embarrassing the Nationals through three innings.  I don’t know if it will hold up for the entire game, but I’m pretty darn excited right now.

The Giants have control of this guy for at least 4 more years, and if they’re smart they’ll lock him up sooner rather than later.   I want this guy on my pitching staff for a long, long time.

Wait… what? No!

I was a little late for the start of Giants/Dodgers tonight. I turned on the TV (I love MLB Extra Innings, I will never go without again) anxious to see young Timmy facing the evil ones. Instead, I see Merkin Valdez striking out the side in the first.

What the hell is going on? Why isn’t Lincecum pitching? I don’t know whether to cry or start kicking things or both.

Update: Thankfully, not injury related. Oddly, the Giants decided to hold off on pitching Lincecum until after some forecasted rain went through the area.  Even more odd, one inning after Lincecum finally got in the game it was delayed 74 minutes.  Then Bochy let him keep pitching anyway!

Whatever.  It worked. Lincecum came on in the 3rd and pitched 4 shutout innings of one-run ball and the Giants finally won. Weird

Devil Rays Had Lincecum

In what is just an interesting footnote of recent baseball history, the Devil Rays had a deal worked out with Tim Lincecum in the 2006 draft.

We had Evan Longoria first on our board. We had one other pitcher…We thought Longoria was going to go two to Colorado, and we had cut a deal with Tim Lincecum, to take three. Colorado didn’t take Longoria two. We found out at like 2:30 in the morning, the night before and we ended up taking Longoria, and we are ecstatic with how that turned out.

Not as ecstatic as the Giants are, my friend. The Rays got Longoria, who should get a call-up this season at some point, and Lincecum fell all the way to San Francisco at the #10 spot.  The rest of the first round is littered with players who are still deep in developmental stages, of course.

The Rockies ended up taking Greg Reynolds at #2, who is attending their spring training as a non-roster invitee.