b. June 15, 1984
Told he was too small to succeed in the major leagues, this 170-lb. pitcher was the strike-out king of baseball in 2008 and walked away with his second consecutive Cy Young award. He is the only player ever to grab a Cy in his first two years pitching.
Often photographed wearing a hemp necklace, a popular item once sold at MLB.com and worn by stars like Pedro Martinez, the 25-year-old Lincecum has the look of a lanky stoner and the calm personality to match.
In October 2009, Lincecum was stopped by a trooper in his home state of Washington for driving 74 mph in a 60 zone at 8 AM. The patrolman confiscated a pot pipe and 3.3 grams of marijuana from Lincecum's console. Reportedly the possession charge was dropped after Lincecum agreed to plead guilty and pay a fine for possessing the pipe. He still could face sanctions from MLB, but if Geovany Soto's experience is a harbinger, he'll walk on that too.
Reaction to Lincecum's arrest was overwhelmingly supportive. Monte Poole of the Bay Area News Group wrote:
When marijuana is fully decriminalized and legalized sometime in the next 20 years, sports figures will be among the many whose exceptional accomplishments will have given testimony on its behalf.
And if the team photo is complete, Lincecum might be in it. Along with Lakers coach Phil Jackson, generally considered the greatest coach in NBA history. Along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA's all-time leading scorer, and Robert Parish, the league's all-time leader in games played.
Randy Moss, one of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history, will be in the picture. Front and center could be super swimmer Michael Phelps, probably the greatest Olympian ever and widely embraced as an American hero.
Each of these greats is spectacularly successful and each has been associated with smoking marijuana.
And now here's Lincecum, 25, the brightest star in the Bay Area sports constellation and one of the five most captivating performers in baseball.
Read more about Lincecum at the VIP blog.
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