Don't adjust your screens. That's really San Francisco Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum sporting a prominent gut under his uniform and looking straight out of the 1920s.
The reason? The Atlanta Braves are currently hosting their first annual "Heritage Weekend" at Turner Field. On Saturday, they honored former Negro League players during a ceremony prior to their game against the Giants, and then during the game both teams donned throwback uniforms from the Negro Leagues with the Braves wearing Atlanta Black Crackers uniforms and the Giants bringing back the old San Francisco Sea Lions uniforms.
Needless to say, no one embraced the throwback look more than Lincecum, who looked like he could have passed for a manager from the good old days. Or, if you want to bring it up to modern times, Lincecum looked like he could have passed for his own manager, Bruce Bochy, who's an old school type of guy himself.
It appears that was Lincecum's intention, too, because his jog back after running the lineup cards out to the umpires resembled Bochy's distinctive cadence.
Now I know what Tim Lincecum is gonna look like in 40 years. Fake boiler as he took out lineup card. Classic!— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) May 3, 2014
Bochy seemed to agree that Lincecum had everything down pat. it was cool to see both guys bring out their more playful side, and everybody got a good chuckle out of it, too. Even the umpires.
It also shows that pitchers have important roles to fill even when they aren't scheduled to take the hill. Just because Tim Lincecum pitched a gem and defeated the Braves on Friday night doesn't mean he's taking the rest of the weekend off. On the contrary, he still has numerous roles to fill, including, at least for Saturday night, keeping his teammates loose and breaking up the monotony that comes along with a 162 game schedule.
Mission accomplished. The Giants (or Sea Lions) looked focused and won the game 3-1 behind three solo homers and a quality outing from Ryan Vogelsong.
BLS H/N: Deadspin
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