The Giants pitcher was attempting the Herculean task that is his standard pitching motion Saturday against the Rockies when things went sideways, resulting in a tango down situation on the mound, as spotted by SportsGrid.
Lincecum’s right ankle shifted underneath him during his motion and he tumbled to the mound. Either the ground or something in his ankle hadn’t held up as planned, and the result was a long embarrassing kneel for the former Cy Young winner.
The fall was counted as a balk by officials, and Rockies pitcher Tyler Chatwood would end up knocking a single to bring in home a run from third base.
Judging by the fall and his bashful body language afterwards, it’s hard to tell if Lincecum is furious with the mound or himself. He’s had issues out at Coor’s Field before, and of course there were those who called this seemingly inexplicable tumble a metaphor for Lincecum’s game these days.
Did anyone else see Tim Lincecum fall while pitching??— Sammy™ (@buffnerdz) May 20, 2013
hehehe..."Tim Lincecum acts out career trajectory on Coors Field mound" mlb.si.com/2013/05/18/tim…— Rob (@JCDropout) May 20, 2013
As bad as it was, at least Lincecum didn’t end up releasing the ball into the dirt like John Bledsoe, the insurance executive who slung out one of the worst first pitches ever earlier this month.
So it could be worse, although Lincecum is, you know, paid to do this stuff. Unfortunately for him, Lt. Topper Harley was sitting in the bushes sniping ankles. Or he just slipped off the rubber. Whatever sounds more plausible to you.
Either way, Lincecum finished the day giving up a total of six runs in five innings in a 10-2 loss to the Rockies. Yeah, this will be a hard one to walk off.