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Special Ks*

April 19, 2011

Comparing players from different eras is stupid for all sorts of reasons. Take Tim Lincecum and Christy Mathewson. Lincecum is a Seattle hipster who plays video games and drives around with weed in his glove box; Mathewson was the son of a 19th century Pennsylvania farmer and wore a hat much smaller than his head.

See?

Yet the two men have one thing in common: both have posted double-digit strikeout totals in 28 games while pitching for Major League teams called the “Giants.” It’s a franchise record  — according to Elias Sports Bureau — that Lincecum tied last night in Colorado. That’s especially impressive considering Mathewson pitched 15-plus seasons for the Giants and Timmy is only in his fifth. Then again, when Mathewson played he had to leave his tiny, hand-sized glove on the field for his opponent to use. (Seriously, they used to do that.) So we’ll call it a wash.

* To be clear, the title of this post is a play on the breakfast cereal, not the dissociative anaesthetic. This is a family blog.

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  1. Tito L. Ross permalink
    April 19, 2011 3:47 pm

    I do love the title to this entry although Lincecum pitches last night made Tulowiski’s swings decidedly unhealthy. Unlike the fiber rich Special K cereal.
    Also Mathewson’s hat shows how much class he had. At the time the smaller the hat the more class.

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