I’m sitting here in the press box an
hour after the almost-rained-out game — and it just started raining.
The skies cooperated long enough for the Giants to beat the Brewers.
And now there’s a rainbow rising
from the bay beyond the right-field wall.
Pretty good start to the 2009 season.
It’s one game, I know, but 10 runs?
Homers from Rowand, Molina and Winn? A three-run triple from
Lincecum gets knocked from the game
after three innings – matching the shortest outing of his career –
and the Giants win? With their much-criticized bats?
“This is what I saw all spring,”
Bengie Molina told the throng of reporters that pressed him for an
explanation. “I saw that these guys can hit. Together we can hit.”
Molina’s mother was in the stands
watching her son – her first time at AT&T for a regular-season
game. When Molina hit his homer, he pointed to her in the stands.
“I wanted to do good for her,”
he said. “She’s going through a hard time right now (after the
death of Molina’s father in the fall). I was signaling to her that
I love her and that I’m 100 percent behind her.”
Neither he nor Bochy expressed concern
about Lincecum’s poor outing.
“His fastball wasn’t where he
wanted it,” Molina said. “If you don’t have location on your
fastball, you’re not going to have a good game. But Timmy will be
Bochy shrugged off any worries. “You’re
going to have days like that,” he said. “He’s done so much
for us, it’s nice to pick him up.”
Lincecum was angry with himself and
frustrated that he couldn’t figure out why he was erratic. He said
has never relied on coaches to tell him if his mechanics are off. He
almost always solves the problem himself. But today he was just off.
His speed was still there. His change-up was good at times, he said.
But he couldn’t throw it where he wanted.
He stood in front of his locker for
about 30 minutes and answered every question until the final reporter
was satisfied. At one point he was asked if there was anything he
liked about his outing today, he said, “Not much.”
“You had that nice single,” one
Lincecum finally smiled. “Oh, I
forgot about that.”
Across the room, Brian Wilson was
gathering his belongings to leave.
“Look at this,” he said when the
clubhouse had mostly cleared. He showed me a baseball with a single
Wilson got a ball autographed by
Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who saved the lives of 155
people when he safely landed on the Hudson River earlier this year.
Wilson was heading home for dinner then
“American Idol.” No surprise who his favorite is: Adam, the
guy with the jet-black hair and black nail polish and tattoos. He
tried to convince me there might be something going on between Paula
and Simon, but I’m not buying it, are you?
Looking forward to Randy Johnson
tomorrow . . .