Lincecum: Spotlight Still ‘Overwhelming’


Tim Lincecum is one of the very few Giants who isn't dealing with an injury right now. But he's got his own things to handle -- namely continuing to dominate on the mound as the team struggles.

But that spotlight isn't something that Lincecum loves, as he relays during Wednesday night's episode of Showtime's "The Franchise."

"As much as it seems like guys like us that play baseball come on this big stage and enjoy the attention sometimes it can be overwhelming," Lincecum says in the clip below.

Lincecum, as noted in the video above, understands that people see him and relate to his physical stature as well.

"From what I hear, people can take a likeness with me," Lincecum says. "They can find something in common with me. I don't seem like that strong guy that looks like he's going to dominate people. I look like the kid riding a skateboard down the street."

And, of course, there's the hangers-on that come with fame.

"Whether it's media or fans or friends you haven't talked to in 10 years it just becomes -- I don't want to say 'a pain in the ass' -- something close to that," Lincecum said. "So I've always been one to kind of shy away from that."

Look, this is understandable. It happens to lots of people who become famous for reasons that they never intended and/or because of physical and mental gifts the possess.

Unfortunately for Lincecum, his mystique and unwillingness to embrace the spotlight probably only enhance his stature in the public eye.

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