Monday, May 3, 2010

Big-Time Timmy Jim or The Freak?

The recent ESPN commercial with Tim Lincecum got me thinking, what is his official nickname?

What nickname do you give a soon to be 26 year old who looks like he's 14 and has 2 Cy Young awards, 2 all-star selections, the best pitch in baseball, an unusual delivery, a cover for a video game, a marijuana bust, long hair, and wears the same hat every year?

So far, there's the Freak, the Franchise, the Freaky Franchise, Big-Time Timmy Jim, and Timmay!!! All of them are appropriate in their own sense, and I guess you can make the argument that someone of his ability and personality shouldn't be limited to just one nickname. But, I think it's time we come up with what we'll call him for the rest of his career.

The Freak: It works because when looking at Timmy he looks like he's still in high school. He doesn't look like he can even play a professional sport other than maybe being a horse jockey. At 5-11 and 170 lbs, Lincecum is one of the smallest guys in the game, but at the same time he is one of the most intimidating pitchers in the game. So, being able to pitch the way he's capable of is certainly freakish; add in his unusual delivery, mullet, and filthy hat and the case for the Freak is even stronger.

The Franchise: This works because he has certainly become the face of the Giants after the Bonds-era. He is an elite pitcher that you can build an entire Franchise around. He has the competitive fire you want from a guy leading your team and he has the friendly personality that you want from your franchise player. My only problem with this is that it's sort of generic and it's a nickname that is given to all up-and-coming stars. We need something more original.

Big-Time Timmy Jim: I like this, maybe because the commercial is so funny and it just hooked me. I tried to figure out where the Jim part came from. His middle name is LeRoy and his dad's name is Chris. So, it's possible that it just came out of convienence for the commercial. Anyway, Timmy has become big time. There isn't a pitcher in baseball I would rather see take the mound in an important game for the Giants.

So, what do you guys think? I know there has to be other obscure nicknames that I haven't heard yet. So if you guys got anything throw it down on the comments. I guess, if all else fails, we could go with the Freaky Franchise Big-Time Timmay-Jim!!!

Just for fun, what are some other good nicknames for current Giants players? I know that there's the Panda or Pandavol, Meat, Eu-Hen-E-O, U-RBI, and B-Wil. I used to call Zito the big Zit, but that's not appropriate any more. You guys have any others?


  1. MB and I call Renteria "Crazy Eyes," because his eyes never stop moving around and they look like they are about to pop out of his head. Eugenio is the Etheopian. And I can't think of any more right now...

  2. I think that we should call Lincecum "The Greatest Pitcher Ever to Play The Game." That seems fitting for some reason.

    Doesn't MB call Rowand something like "Beef"? James Loney has the same crazy eyes as Renteria. I call Brian Wilson "Shooter" because his little move after he gets his save reminds me of Shooter McGavin from Happy Gilmore. I call Nate Schierholtz "Nasty Nate," after the dude in Half-Baked.