Congratulations To Weed-Smoking Miscreant Tim Lincecum On His Second Straight Cy Young Award
San Francisco Giants ace Tim Lincecum won his second consecutive NL Cy Young Award earlier today, narrowly beating out St. Louis Cardinals pitchers Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainright, respectfully. Wainright finished third despite receiving the most first place votes (12 to Lincecum’s 11), only the second time that has voting anomaly occurred – it also occurred in 1998 to Tom Glavine.
Due to the media attention of winning the Cy Young, Lincecum was finally forced to address his marijuana arrest last month, when he was pulled over by Washington State Patrol for speeding. The cops discovered 3.3 grams of grass and a pipe in Lincecum’s car. Lincecum, as is often the case in situations like this, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge (possession of a marijuana pipe) while the other charge (misdemeanor marijuana possession) was dropped. Oh, and he had to pay a $372 in fines, which I imagine he was able to pay without pawning any of his Phish bootlegs.
In a “finely lawyered” prepared statement, in the San Francisco Chronicle‘s words, not mine, Lincecum had this to say:
“I made a mistake and I regret my actions earlier this month in Washington. I want to apologize to the Giants organization and the fans. I know as a pro athlete I have a responsibility to conduct myself appropriately on and off the field. I certainly learned a valuable lesson from all of this. I promise to do better in the future.”
Damn right he learned a valuable lesson. Don’t speed when you got weed. Hey, that’s a pretty good quote. There might even be a clever name in there…
Giants’ Lincecum wins second consecutive Cy Young [The Associated Press]
UPDATE: Lincecum wins 2009 Cy Young Award, with comments from his conference call and statement on the pot arrest [San Francisco Chronicle]
Lincecum will plead guilty to lesser charge [San Francisco Chronicle]