Tim Lincecum arrives at Rangers camp: will wear new number in honor of late brother

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Tim Lincecum arrived at Texas Rangers camp on Tuesday with a new number on his back and a new inspiration in his heart. Lincecum will wear No. 44 in honor of his brother, Sean, who died last month.

The beloved former Giants ace said he decided to give up his famous No. 55 in favor of something Sean wore during his own playing days.

“If it wasn’t for my dad that I looked up to, it would be him,” Lincecum said in the San Francisco Chronicle. “Just growing up … I can’t even talk right now. It’s kind of making me emotional.”

The Rangers welcomed him aboard Tuesday, while acknowledging that Lincecum’s personal situation requires extra patience. General Manager Jon Daniels made no predictions about whether the two-time Cy Young Award winner would be ready for Opening Day. Lincecum’s contract, as well as his arrival, were on hold while he attended Sean’s funeral in Seattle on Saturday.

“Everybody is on the same page about not wanting to put baseball over real life,” Daniels said.

The Rangers agreed to terms the two-time Cy Young Award winner for a reported one-year, $1 million major league deal. Speculation mounted about an official announcement Tuesday morning, but the rumored Lincecum introductory press conference never materialized.

But a handful of reporters caught up with Lincecum later in the

Article source: https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/03/06/why-tim-lincecum-is-sorry-but-not-sorry/

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