(1090 The Fan) — San Francisco Giants ace and two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum called into The Steve Sandmeyer Show Thursday afternoon, ahead of the Giants’ game against the Seattle Mariners (audio below).
Lincecum, who is a Bellevue, Washington native, was asked whether he understand the impact he had on college baseball in the Pacific Northwest. (In 2006, Lincecum became the first Washington Husky to be selected in the first round of the MLB Draft).
It doesn’t seem like that significance has hit him just yet.
“To be honest with you,” said Lincecum. “I don’t think I’ll understand until I get a broader perspective of myself. And I still think even as a 31-year-old, I’m still growing up and learning how to deal with things, and learning how to deal with successes and failures. And I don’t think that will ever change. So with that it’s kind of hard for me to just kind of grasp. ”
Lincecum set records at Washington for strikeouts (199), single-season victories (12), and games started (18) that still stand today. Nearly a decade after winning the Golden Spikes Award, Lincecum has racked up two Cy Young Awards (2008, -09) and three MLB World Series rings (2010, -12, -14).
Lincecum, Sandmeyer, and special guest host (and former Seattle Seahawks center) Robbie Tobeck didn’t spend too much time ruminating on the past. The trio also discussed Tim’s relationship with and advice from his father, Chris; how he works to overcome obstacles; how he sees the game now (he says it’s “more chess than checkers”) and his pitching mechanics.