Tim Lincecum attends Bruce Bochy's final Giants game at Oracle Park


Tim Lincecum came home. 

After a week of speculation, Giants fans' hopes came true Sunday when the two-time Cy Young Award winner and three-time World Series champion returned to Oracle Park for Bruce Bochy's final game as San Francisco's manager. 

Lincecum has not pitched in San Francisco since June 27, 2015. He became a free agent the following offseason and signed with the Los Angeles Angels, but the 35-year-old has not played in the big leagues since then. Lincecum largely has kept to himself since ending his comeback attempt with the Texas Rangers in 2018, but Bochy long has held a soft spot for his former ace.

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"He's somebody who's dear to all of our hearts,” Bochy told reporters last June when the Rangers released Lincecum. " ... I would always have a spot for Timmy somewhere, [though] we don't have a spot here. ... But as far as ever needing anything, he's someone pretty special.”

Bochy's final game always was going to have star power, but Lincecum's presence almost certainly takes the cake.

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