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October 28, 2010 at 3:33 PM

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Theme Song: Pondering the right music for ... Tim Lincecum

Posted by Jerry Brewer

Listen to 950 KJR-AM at 4 p.m. today to hear me talk about Theme Song and other sports topics with Mike Gastineau and Scott Soden.

University of Washington and Liberty High School alum Tim Lincecum is pitching in the World Series. Though he didn't have his best stuff in Game 1 on Wednesday, he managed to do just enough as the San Francisco Giants beat the unbeatable Cliff Lee and took a 1-0 series lead.

Three more victories, and Lincecum will be a champion.

It's an ideal time to pick some theme music for the flame-throwing little guy with the unconventional pitching motion.

A SONG LINCECUM MIGHT CHOOSE
"Revolution" by The Beatles

When it comes to music, Lincecum is an old soul. He has said before that The Beatles are his favorite band. Here's a nice story that details his musical tastes.

Since Lincecum says "Revolution" is his favorite song and he prefers to judge music by its feel than its lyrics, this is a fitting song.

MY RUNNER-UP FOR LINCECUM
"Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix

It's impossible to talk about Lincecum without mentioning the laid-back, free-spirit vibe that he projects. He was arrested for marijuana possession in 2009, and people have long commented about his long hair and stoner look.

Therefore, "Purple Haze" suits him well. The eccentric Jimi Hendrix song is much like Lincecum: Different, dominant and memorable. It's an amazing song for an amazing pitcher.

It was recorded in 1967, so it vibes with Lincecum's love of old-school music. And, of course, it never hurts to mention something purple when talking about a Washington alum.


MY CHOICE FOR TIM LINCECUM'S THEME SONG
"Kid Charlemagne" by Steely Dan

To be honest, I'd never heard of this song until Kanye West sampled it on "Champion" a few years ago. But it's a perfect Lincecum theme song if you're trying to pick something different from the norm.

(I just couldn't bring myself to play off his nickname The Freak and pick Rick James' "Super Freak." I wanted to be a little less obvious. But I won't blame you if you do.)

Steely Dan is old school and eccentric, with its ability to mix rock, jazz, pop and funk together. "Kid Charlemagne" is actually a song about a San Francisco chemist/drug dealer, and as it progresses, it turns very dark. But if you didn't know the inspiration for the song and listened to the beginning of it, you find that it's very appropriate for a star player in San Francisco.

While the music played you worked by candlelight
Those San Francisco nights,
You were the best in town
Just by chance you crossed the diamond with the pearl
You turned it on the world
That's when you turned the world around
(Did you feel like Jesus ?)
Did you realize
That you were a champion in their eyes?

If you are like Lincecum and judge a song by its feel, then this is an interesting theme song option for him. Like Hendrix, it's different, dominant and memorable. And pretty soon, Lincecum might be a champion in everyone's eyes.

OK, now you have the floor. What would you choose as Tim Lincecum's theme song?

Fed up with my long-winded ways? Follow me on Twitter: @Jerry_Brewer. Sometimes, I don't even use all 140 characters there.

THEME SONG ARCHIVE
Week 1: Pete Carroll
Week 2: Ichiro
Week 3: Jake Locker
Week 4: T.J. Houshmandzadeh
Week 5: Steve Sarkisian
Week 6: Matt Hasselbeck
Week 7: Lauren Jackson
Week 8: Felix Hernandez
Week 9: Lorenzo Romar
Week 10: Marshawn Lynch

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