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VIDEO: Tim Lincecum featured in new episode of Showtime's "The Franchise"

The newest episode of "The Franchise: A Season with the San Francisco Giants" features Tim Lincecum mobbed by screaming hordes of fans, ducking behind a teammate when he was pointed out by President Obama during the Giants' visit to the White House, and being quizzed by an idiotic reporter about his views on global warming.

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 17: Tim Lincecum #55 of the San Francisco Giants watches from the dugout against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on August 17, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.
(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

It's easy to understand why, when asked his reaction to his sudden rock-star, Everybody's Timmy status, Mr. Lincecum replies: "Sometimes it can be overwhelming."

Click on the video link over on the left-hand side of the page to watch the clip.

Keep an eye out for Mr. Lincecum sporting a Wilson-esque beard, singing while playing dominoes in the clubhouse, and leaping in frustration around his house when he screws up on a video game.

We already all knew that Mr. Lincecum was an unpretentious, shy, and all-around nice guy, but "The Franchise" episode demonstrates nicely how being uber-famous can cause a personality like his to come off as reclusive or standoffish.

Teammate Barry Zito sums it up well: "People say [of Tim's response to fame] well, you made your own bed, now lie in it, whatever. But Timmy just likes throwing baseballs. Don't hold that against him."

"I just stay under the radar," says Mr. Lincecum, "and let my ball do the talking."

Tonight, Mr. Lincecum's ball will be talking up a storm for the Giants against the Atlanta Braves' Mike Minor in the fourth and final game of the Giants-Braves series.

Despite some sloppy defense, a few squirrelly initial innings from Matt Cain (who settled down nicely later), and a Dan Runzler mess that Jeremy Affeldt had to mop up in the bottom of the ninth, the Giants got ‘er done last night, winning Game 3, 7-5.

The win (and a nice Phillies spanking of the Arizona Diamondbacks) helped the Giants narrow their distance from first in the National League West to only 2.5 games.

Watch the game at 4:10 pm on CSN Bay Area or listen on KNBR 680.

And don't forget to watch the final two episodes of "The Franchise: A Season with the San Francisco Giants," Wednesday evenings on Showtime, 10 pm ET/PT.


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