Today is Tim Licecum’s birthday. He was born June 15. 1984 in Bellevue, Washington. He played baseball in high school and was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 2003 MLB draft (48th round), but he declined and headed off to the University of Washington–U Dub–and played for the Huskies. He was drafted again in 2005 by the Cleveland Indians (42nd round), but he rejected their offer. He was drafted in 2006 (1st round) by the San Francisco GIANTS and he’s been a GIANT ever since. He was considered the GIANTS hottest prospect when he was in the minor leagues and in 2007 was named Major League Baseball’s #1 Prospect by Baseball America as well as the GIANTS #1 prospect.
In 2008 and 2009 he won the NL Cy Young Award. And in 2010? Well, he and and the rest of the GIANTS won the World Series! Tim is nothing if not a good GIANT, though, because when he was struggling in his role as a starter in 2012, he elected to go to the bullpen during the postseason where he was lights out and a big part of the reason the GIANTS won the 2012 World Series. He’s proved to be willing to do whatever it takes to help the team, just like the other night when he entered the game to pinch-run for Hector Sanchez.
He may be one of the littlest GIANTS, but he’s got a GIANT heart. Happy 30th Birthday, Tim!!