Friday, April 04, 2008

Tim the Enchanter

For those wondering where Lincecum's nickname comes from -- it's out of the lunatic 1975 film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." Tim the Enchanter is played by John Cleese and warns the knights at one point to beware of a dangerous little bunny rabbit, who then kills one of the knights. Tim then taunts them: "I *warned* you, but did you listen to me? Oh, no, you *knew*, didn't you? Oh, it's just a harmless little *bunny*, isn't it?"

In any case, that's probably more than you wanted to know about the movie. I bring this up just because of the reaction from other blogs -- all better written and designed than mine -- to Bochy's decision to allow Tim Lincecum to pitching in the rain Wednesday night. J.C. Parsons at Raising Matt Cain, for example, makes this point:

We have all watched a ton of baseball (probably too much) yet I sincerely doubt if anyone out there has ever witnessed such ridiculous, confusing, reckless and arbitrary handling of a pitcher. Oh and not just any pitcher, our Crown Jewel, The Franchise....The Freak. Apparently Tim is just too young to know that the way he was used defies all logic. I figure my head is just not big enough to think like Bochy..... Tim's hit, not only led to the winning run, but it was also one of best line drives hit by Giant so far. A sweet swing.A truly entertaining game. Yet, I still have a lingering anger. Can anybody really justify the decisions made last night? Are these guys making it up as they go along? Is conventional wisdom a pile of crap? Enlighten me. Explain.

John Perricone at Only Baseball Matters thinks Bochy's a Bonehead -- Last night, Bonehead decided that protecting the single most valuable commodity in the entire fucking organization was for pansey’s. A real man, one who chews tobacco and kicks his dog, can pitch for an inning and then take an hour and a half break and come back just fine. Youngest player on the team? No issue. Best player on the team? Whatever. He’s tough.

Lefty Malo has this to say -- Giants 2, Dodgers 1: When is a win not a win not a win? When you see the health of the franchise, or The Franchise, flash before your eyes.


Anonymous Aneel Trivedi said...

It's good to see I'm not the only one who thought Bochy screwed the pooch on Thursday in LA. He didn't start Lincecum because he was worried about bringing him back after a delay... then went ahead and brought him back afterward in relief??????? what!?

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