Fil-Am Lincecum key in SF Giants’ back-to-glory quest

FILIPINO-American Timothy Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants was engaged in a scoreless duel with Cliff Lee of the Texas Rangers. The game was tight until the sixth inning. But when Giant Edgar Renteria blasted a three-run homer at the top of the seventh, a loud roar was heard in San Francisco, and across the Pacific, specifically in the Philippines.

Lincecum, who pitched for eight innings, returned to the mound to preserve the 3-1 victory for the Giants.

The SF Giants are world champions, and their pitcher, Fil-Am pitcher Tim Lincecum, is a cinch to pick up another coveted Cy Young hardware. The shaggy-haired Lincecum, who answers the monicker “The Freak” throws right-handed and is noted for his unorthodox mechanics. He stands five-eleven and weighs just 172 lbs., but could execute high-velocity sliders and four-seam fastballs that reach speeds at mid-nineties.

Regarded as one of the most successful professional athletes in the United States with Filipino lineage, Tim Lincecum is a two-time NL Cy Young winner and was instrumental in leading the SF Giants back to baseball glory. To the Filipino sports fans in California and beyond, however, Tim Lincecum is more than just a sports hero. He represents the pride of the Pinoy heritage that used to belong to Manny Pacquiao alone.

Tim Lincecum’s mother, Becky Asis, was a second generation Fil-Am.  She was born in Stockton, California. Becky’s parents were Balleriano and Philomena Asis from Honolulu, Hawaii. The Asises are from Mindanao  and the Alcoys are  from Cebu City. Tim’s father is a Caucasian American. ■

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