Maybe Tim Lincecum's father found that the long hair was affecting his son's pitching mechanics which lead to the 28-year-old's new haircut.
Unlike former teammate Brian Wilson, Lincecum doesn't have an inch of facial hair on his face. He's a lean 175 pounds and at 5' 11" this makes him resemble a 15-year-old. That was when he had long hair. The new cut might have truancy going after the San Francisco Giants pitcher if they ever catch him on the streets too early in the morning outside of school.
Either he gets stopped by school safety or little girls will ask Lincecum for an autograph, but not because he's a 2-time World Series winner or 2-time N.L. Cy Young, it's because they might confuse him with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the Hollywood screen star whose appeared in hits like The Dark Knight and Inception.
Not trying to be superstitious, but it will be curious to see how Lincecum pitches following this new hairdo. His father has been very influential in the six-year veteran's mechanics stating that Licecum's motion and windup will prevent the star from getting injured. However, Lincecum's velocity has taken a toll in recent years and last season he was relegated to a reliever role after he struggled as a starter in the postseason.
The Giants found a nice spot for him in the bullpen. Lincecum was very professional about the transition and he mastered it. Many thought the change of routine coming in the middle of the game would have affected him, but instead, the right-hander embraced his role and guided his team to a World Series victory.
During the 2012 regular season, Lincecum posted a 10-15 record with a 5.18 ERA. It was a career low all across the board. In the postseason, he stepped up his game pitching 17.2 innings and finishing with a 1-1 record in one start and five appearances. Lincecum's ERA was 2.55 as he only gave up five earned runs in those six appearances, four of which came in one game.
The Giants will soon kick off Spring Training as they will begin their defense of the 2012 World Series title.