(KPIX) — Matt Cain’s retirement marks the top of one of many nice eras in Giants historical past. Not only for one pitcher, however for 2.
I’ve all the time linked Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum because the almighty basis of the best period in San Francisco Giants historical past. Seemingly full opposites, the clear reduce Marine-like child and the skateboard-lookin’ freak who you simply may run into on Haight Ashbury.
Lincecum’s hair had aptitude and his explosive wind up and torque unleashed a fireball of hell that defied logic given his tiny-Tim like body.
Cain was the other. He was constructed like a rock. He was regular. He pitched in Lincecum’s bigger-than-life shadow and thrived in it.
However collectively a rockin’ duo that followers might place extra religion in than E pluribus unum.
In 2008, I had Tim Lincecum in studio and requested him, “Who’s going to throw the primary no-hitter, you or Matt Cain?” With out hesitation, Lincecum stated, “Cain.”
And he was proper. Greater than proper.
Lincecum adopted Cain’s perfection with no-hitters in 2013 and 2014. Then, poof. The magic was gone. Three years later, he was out of baseball, and now, joined by Cain.
Whenever you’re on this enterprise lengthy sufficient, you see them come and go. Championship groups and the heroes that made them. However you’re by no means fairly prepared for the end.
Someplace, across the nook, is the subsequent Giants hero. I anticipate he’ll have massive footwear. He’ll want them.