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Giants’ Tim Lincecum Fires Back At Phillies Charlie Manuel

By Bryan Rose

In the rare case you missed it, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel threw a couple daggers at the Giants (specifically Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain) after last nights loss, most notably, these gems:

"“They’re good pitchers. You say they’re great pitchers. To me, I don’t know how great they are. I think as they move on into their careers, there’s the longevity part and things like that. I think that’s when the greatness might come by. This is a consistent game. When you say somebody is great … tonight I saw 90 fastball, 92 at the best. I saw a good changeup. I saw a breaking ball. I saw a cutter. Good pitching, but at the same time we can beat that. I’ve seen us do that.”“We can beat them. I know we can.”“I think we can get ‘em, if you want to know the truth. I know we can get ‘em. It’s just a matter of us putting it together and for us to play the right way. And that’s pitch, hit and play good defense. Yeah, I think we can get ‘em."

Not to be outdone, when Lincecum was informed of Manuel’s choice comments by Baggs, the Freak replied with quite a zinger:

"“There are guys who can dominate throwing 87 (mph) and there are guys (hitters) who can hit 97,” Lincecum said. “It’s the major leagues. It’s all about execution.“He’s probably speaking out of frustration and dealing with their first home series loss since however long you guys said it was. (It was April.) It’s something they’re not used to, and it probably has something to do with what happened in the NLCS last year, too. I don’t know. You’ll have to ask him.”Lincecum is pretty laid back, as most folks know. It’s hard to get a reaction out of him over much. But he returned to the velocity issue, clearly a bit irked by that part of Manuel’s comments in which the manager was unimpressed with Lincecum’s stuff.“Cainer was throwing the same numbers up there,” Lincecum said. “He doesn’t hump up unless he has to, and with his stuff, he still dominates teams. So I don’t know how miles per hour has to do with dominance.”Lincecum saved his zinger for the end — a reference to a certain 40-something former Phillies pitcher who barely touched 80 mph.“They had a guy, Moyer, right? Talk to him about that one,” Lincecum said."

Yeah, got heeeeeeem.