When Tim Lincecum walked off the AT&T Park mound for the final time in 2013, he figured it would be the last time he’d do so – at least in a home uniform as The Freak recently told reporters he thought last season would be his last with the San Francisco Giants.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner has struggled in recent years (at least in regards to his expectations), but Lincecum seemingly turned it around during the second half and the Giants weren’t about to let their fan favorite just walk away.
“Early in the offseason, no,” he said of whether he expected to be back. “But after I signed, yes. … When we got to the point negotiations got finalized, it was just one of those things where I felt like I couldn’t say no. It wasn’t like I owed it to anybody, I owed it to myself. This team wants you, they want you bad and they’re showing that, so reciprocate that in appreciation. I tried to. I’ve been ecstatic about coming back ever since. The familiarities are always going to be the biggest thing for me.”
Lincecum stated earlier in the offseason that he had thought about playing for his hometown Seattle Mariners, but just couldn’t leave the Giants once they offered a two-year, $35 million dollar contract.