San Francisco Giants’ fireballer Tim Lincecum was arrested for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia during a traffic stop in Vancouver, Washington on Oct. 20, 2009. The following Jan. 18, the charges were reduced from misdemeanors to civil infractions and Lincecum paid a $513 fine. He said at the time, “I made a mistake and I regret my actions.”
Born on June 15, 1984 in Bellevue, Washington, Lincecum signed with the Giants in 2006 and one year later was pitching in the major leagues. After a 7-5 rookie season, he posted an 18-5 record, a 2.62 ERA and an NL-leading 254 strikeouts in 2008, earning him his first of back-to-back Cy Young Awards for he league’s best pitcher. In 2009, Lincecum went 15-7, with a 2.48 ERA and 261 strikeouts.
In 2010, Lincecum’s ERA went up to 3.48, his strikeouts declined to 231 and he lost 10 games (16-10) – five in a row at one point. During his slump, fans exhorted the Giants to “Let Timmy Smoke,” speculating that abstaining from weed was the cause of his losing streak.
Linccum rattled off five wins in September, leading the Giants to the National League pennant and World Series. Linceum won Games 1 and 5 of the World Series against the Rangers. In the Game 5 clincher, Lincecum was brilliant, striking out 10 in eight innings. He finished his first post-season with a 4-1 record.
Known as “The Freak” for his long black hair and wiry 5-11, 170-pound build, Lincecum had losing records in 2011 (13-14) and 2012 (10-15). Relegated to bullpen duty, he helped the Giants win their second World Series in three years.
On July 13, 2013 Lincecum pitched a no-hitter against the Padres. On June 25, 2014, he tossed another no-no against th same Padres.
Lincecum is single. He has a French bullfog named Cy.