Tim Lincecum: more prepared this year than last:
With tonight’s temperatures expected to reach a humid 86 degrees, Tim Lincecum knows from experience how to get ready for his first All-Star Game appearance — drink lots of liquids. The San Francisco Giants’ ace, picked to start for the National League, missed last year’s event in New York when he dehydrated, got sick and had to spend a night in a hospital . . . When staff-mate Matt Cain was originally selected, Lincecum had a simple piece of advice: “Don’t miss the game.” Alas, Cain was hit by a line drive in his pitching arm Saturday and was replaced on the roster by the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Zach Duke. So Cain’s main duty Tuesday will be to make sure Lincecum gets to Busch Stadium without an IV attached to his arm.
“We’re going to put him on one of those doggies leashes,” Cain joked. “No, he should be good. He’s got all his fluids, trying to get hydrated for a little bit of heat. I think he’s a little more prepared this year.”
That’s strange. How would putting a leash on Lincecum keep him from getting dehydrated? Dehydration, I am led to understand, comes from exertion in warm temperatures without sufficient intake of fluids, not from engaging in any sort of behavior which could theoretically be reigned-in via a leash.
Unless . . . you don’t suppose . . . nah, I’m sure his problem last year was the climate.
Just as I’m sure all players with “flu-like symptoms” are suffering from influenza.