Giants fete Lincecum for Cy Young Award
Ceremony features messages from Maddux, Griffey
SAN FRANCISCO -- Saturday's ceremony honoring Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum for winning his second consecutive National League Cy Young Award last year was comparable to one of his pitching performances: quick, with no wasted time.The celebration started with a brief video shown on the scoreboard's Diamond Vision screen featuring behind-the-scenes footage from January's New York Baseball Writers' Association of America awards dinner, where Lincecum initially received the Cy Young trophy. Then master of ceremonies Mike Krukow rapidly paid tribute to manager Bruce Bochy, pitching coach Dave Righetti and the ballclub, which assembled behind the pitcher in support of Lincecum. Out from the dugout popped Lincecum's father and pitching mentor, Chris, clutching the 2008 Cy Young Award. Then came Lincecum himself, prompting a standing ovation from the AT&T Park crowd. Standing next to his father, Lincecum received a succinct tribute from Bochy which concluded, "Way to go. Nice job." Next, Lincecum accepted his '09 Cy Young hardware from Paul Gutierrez of the Sacramento Bee, the San Francisco/Oakland BBWAA chapter chairman. Moving to a lectern placed in front of the pitcher's mound, Lincecum seemed momentarily stuck for something to say. But he quickly warmed up, thanking first the fans and then his teammates -- "Bengie [being] the biggest part of that," Lincecum said, singling out catcher Bengie Molina. After leaving to another standing ovation from the audience, Lincecum was treated to a second video salute that showed four-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux and center fielder Ken Griffey Jr., the star of Lincecum's hometown Seattle Mariners, delivering a few well-chosen words. Messages from a pair of ex-Giants who won Cy Young Awards with other teams, Vida Blue and Gaylord Perry, were also displayed.
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