Tim Lincecum: Lawsuit vs. Giants Pitcher Proves He Still Has Growing Up to Do

Joseph HealyCorrespondent IOctober 6, 2011

PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 25:  Starting pitcher Tim Lincecum #55 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on September 25, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated Giants 5-2.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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You will find few that would argue that Tim Lincecum isn't among the best pitchers in Major League Baseball.

He has some of the best pure stuff in the game and his motion is as deceptive as they come. But most impressively, he won the National League Cy Young Award in both 2008 and 2009.

He has been dominant since he first stepped on the mound in the big leagues.

If only he was as mature off the field as he is on it. He has a long way to go on that front, apparently.

News came down Thursday night that Lincecum has been slapped with a lawsuit after he allegedly trashed a San Francisco townhouse he had been renting.

It is alleged that he destroyed $200,000 worth of household items. It doesn't end there for Lincecum. It was bad enough that he wrecked this apartment, but it turns out that he allegedly entered the building after his lease had expired in order to have this party.

In a story on FoxSports.com, the attorney representing the landlord had the following to say:

"My belief is there was some kind of party that left it in really bad condition," attorney Jonathan Bonstein said. "Maybe there's a perfectly good explanation on his side, but we haven't heard it yet."

It's also not like this is Lincecum's first brush-up with the law. In 2009, Lincecum was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession.

These types of things need to stop. Lincecum is no longer a kid. It would be one thing if he were a 19-year-old kid first breaking into the majors, but he's not. He is 27 years old and has been in the majors since 2007.

I'm not saying that the Giants should cut ties with their ace. They just need to make it clear that this has to stop. No pitcher, no matter how good, is worth it if this type of behavior becomes a pattern.