Who was this guy with the vaguely Joseph Gordon-Levitt look who was all over the news yesterday?

His name was Tim Lincecum (Self challenges dear blog readers to try and pronounce that without stumbling) and he’d just won the Cy Young. Self wasn’t paying attention until she heard the words “first Filipino to win the Cy Young.” So she looked at the TV screen, and there was cute-ness. OK, so he’s only half-Filipino, but hey, at least he’s up-front about it; he is not trying to “pass”!

He is 24 years old, and he sometimes goes by the moniker, “the Freak.” He “throws right-handed and bats left-handed.” He is “known for his long stride, sharp mechanics, and the ability to generate high torque for maximum velocity.” He has a “two-seam fastball” and “a change-up that he grips similar to a splitter.” OK, self has no idea what she just wrote. Look up his entry on Wikipedia, dear blog readers.

Oh, and a few weeks ago, hubby looked up from his Sports Illustrated and announced: “Manny Pacquiao was just declared, by Sports Illustrated, pound for pound, one of the five best boxers in the world.”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.


  1. Robert Flor said,

    November 12, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    Lincecum is part of the Asis family. He’s not the first Pinoy to play in the Majors but he is the most accomplished. The first was Bobby Balcena. Robert Rudolph Balcena (August 1, 1925 – January 4, 1990) was an outfielder in Major League Baseball who played briefly for the Cincinnati Reds in 1956. Balcena batted right-handed and threw left-handed. He was born in San Pedro, California.

    Balcena became the first player of Filipino ancestry to appear in a major league game. He had a long distinguished Triple-A career with the Seattle Rainiers as a center fielder in the 1950s, and in Seattle is fondly remembered to this day.

    Balcena died in his hometown of San Pedro at the age of 74.

    Bennie Agbayani who grew up in Hawaii was another good Pinoy player.

  2. chancelucky said,

    November 12, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    He definitely was the best pitcher in the league last year. I had no idea that he was Filipino or even part-Filipino, but I did finally see some photos of him without his baseball cap and you can see it.

    It’s kind of nice that it’s not a big deal. There’s an interesting argument that it’s the part-Asians who are the great athletes. Tiger Woods, Hines Ward (Super Bowl MVP a couple years ago), Lincecum.

    Back when Michael Chang was winning tennis tournaments, I remember the French press calling him a “sneaky” Asian.

  3. November 12, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    He is total, total cute-ness. I better start watching baseball — !

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