SEATTLE (AP) — Tim Lincecum walked out of the Giants’ dugout to screams from a mix of autograph seekers and fans wishing the now 28-year-old a happy birthday.
Maligned for a disappointing 2-7 start to the season in San Francisco, Lincecum is still beloved in Seattle from his high school days at suburban Liberty High to his college career across town at Washington.
Six years after the Mariners bypassed Lincecum in the first round of the draft, Lincecum finally will make it to the Safeco Field mound on Saturday night for the second game of an interleague series.
Lincecum said before Friday’s game there’s no animosity toward the Mariners for not selecting him back in 2006. Seattle opted for Brandon Morrow instead.