The last few months are one thing. The inflated earned run average, the deflated wins and strikeout totals – well, the overall struggles of two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum have been going on for two years.
But all of that was forgotten on a Saturday night for the ages.
Lincecum looked like the lanky, baby-faced fireballer of old in tossing his first career no-hitter. It was a 9-0 thrashing of the Padres that was never really in doubt, but no one in the park was thinking about leaving early. He served up four walks and hit a batter, but also fanned 13 en route to the 148-pitch, history-making gem of a Saturday night extravaganza.
There was a popout to end it, and then there was a bearhug. A massive, glorious bearhug from the 6-foot-1, 220-pound Buster Posey on the 5-foot-11, 170-pound (in a soaking wet t-shirt) Lincecum.
Of course, the celebration was on. Lincecum had become the very first player to ever throw a no-no in San Diego’s Petco Park, after all.
[GIF via SB Nation, Photos via Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports]