My first thought, even as Tim Lincecum's no-hitter developed through the mid to the late innings vs. the flailing Padres hitters ...
He turned in one or two of those this season before today, and this is obviously is a Big One. One of the biggest ones of Lincecum's career, and he's had more than his share of those, obviously.
Lincecum is exactly the kind of star that has made the Giants what they are in this era -- huge personality, easy to embrace, electric performer when everything is right, somebody fans willingly live and die with.
The Giants have built this on moments -- World Series moments, winning moments, star moments.
Today is for the chills and memories #55 can still produce.
For this franchise and for these loyal fans, that's worth A LOT.
Of what I saw -- and I only saw a little more than an inning or two --- the Padres hitters couldn't wait him out and sit on fat stuff in deep-counter situations because Lincecum was so effective early in the count, which kept them off-balance throughout.
That's how Lincecum motored through this with only 113 pitches ... recording 6 strikeouts and the 1 walk.
And that's of course a vast departure from no-hitter No. 1 last year, when he needed 148 pitches (with 13 strikeouts and 4 walks).
Lincecum's ERA on the road: 6.68.
How does this happen? Lincecum is absolutely a "feel" pitcher and where else would he feel better than on the mound at AT&T, where they adore him?
And they're going to adore him forever now -- he joins Christy Matthewson as the only pitchers to throw multiple no-hitters in a Giants uniform.
That's worth a wow.
If I'm Bruce Bochy I really start to try to maneuver Lincecum to as many home starts -- and as few road starts -- as possible. Starting NOW.
How can he do that? Use the All-Star break, off-days, maybe get ready to load in an extra starting pitcher ...
And the record shall reflect, after today:
It's three Giants no-hitters vs. the Padres from 2009 (Jonathan Sanchez) to now (last year by Lincecum and today).