Initially I was kind of disappointed that I'd be missing the All-Star Game tonight, especially since Tim Lincecum's spot in the rotation had been lined up perfectly to allow him to start the game. Then the Giants went and swapped their rotation around, so Lincecum would pitch this last Sunday, pretty much nixing any chances that he'd start the All-Star Game, which was fine, because I was afraid of Clint Hurdle and the other coaches breaking him anyway. There was still a chance that he'd come in for an inning or so to mow batters down, which would have been cool. I was going to tape the game just for that, really, and for Brian Wilson, in case he gets to come in and throw some 100mph heat at some Red Sox and Yankees.
Then this afternoon rumors started swirling about that Lincecum, the great hope for all Giants fans around the world, had been taken to the hospital from his hotel room on a stretcher.
(Insert collective heart attack here.)
It turns out that Lincecum has the flu (or flu-like symptoms) and was probably dehydrated, and to be on the safe side, was taken on a stretcher to go to the hospital. He missed the red carpet parade and won't pitch, which is okay, because if "The Franchise" is sick, I'd rather he rest up and get better than potentially make things worse by appearing in a game that counts but doesn't really because the AL wins every year. Still, it's a little disappointing, but hey, at least he's okay, and at least Brian Wilson is slated to pitch in the eighth inning.
I guess I'll tape the game anyway and fast forward to the eighth inning.