SAN FRANCISCO – After not pitching in the major league since June 2015, San Francisco Tim Lincecum has reached a deal with the Los Angeles Angels pending a physical exam.
Filipino fans said that Lincecum, who was become a Bay Area favorite since taking the mound for the Giants in 2007, will be surely missed.
“I’m really sad that he’s gone but he’s a resilient guy so he’s going to get back to it,” Lincecum fan Emily Piros said.
Lincecum fan Jeff Remolador said he will still wear Lincecum’s jersey.
The 31-year-old pitcher was diagnosed with degenerative hips in his last season with the San Francisco Giants but underwent arthroscopic surgery in September.
On May 6, he auditioned in front of representatives for all the major league teams.
According to ESPN, Lincecum’s final choices prior to the Angels came down to the Chicago White Sox and the San Francisco Giants.
His Filipino fans also said that Lincecum has given them something extra to cheer for when it comes to the Giants.
“I thought it was really cool he was able to represent for the Filipinos while he was in the Bay Area, especially since the Bay Area is full of Filipinos,” Remolador said.
“They have two Filipino heritage nights a year and I think it’s initially because of Tim Lincecum. He’s real big figure for us,” Piros said.
Along with his two no-hitters, Lincecum has three World Series rings, two CY Young awards and was a four-time All-Star.