There comes a time when life and sports collide. I was at a personal/family event on Friday night, when sports must be relegated to life’s backdrop. Like the weather, it’s there. You go about your business and know there are games going in some alternate universe. Every now and then you sneak a peak. The Giants knock out Hudson? How did they get those 4 runs? Now 8? And what about those Warriors? Down by 3 possessions? More? In the first-half?
And then you get back to “playing in your own life” and hope your teams win without you.
One did. The other didn’t. The Giants behind Cain came back to avenge the opening Braves loss. And the Warriors? In game 3, the team seemed flat, stuck in some valley and never reached a mountain top. In fact, the ankle injury to Curry completes the metaphor. You try climbing a mountain on a banged up ankle. The Spurs played well, and fought off the Warriors every time they came close in the second-half.
Mother’s Day will be the next stop for the Warriors. The Giants after Saturday’s game, will play on Sunday too. If your Mom is a sports fans, that’s great. Make sure there’s enough beer.
If not, one will be in “alternate universe”mode again.
Tim Lincecum will be pitching for the Giants in a 1pm game. The reason I write the Linceblog portion of my blog is because I have editors at Filipino outlets that allow me to follow the premier Filipino American player in Major League Baseball.
Lincecum is half-Filipino on his mom’s side. But he’s somewhat of what I call a “hesitant” Filipino and it’s mostly due to his relationship to his mom.
When I asked him about being Filipino earlier this season, he was pretty honest.
Lincecum’s relationship with his mom is his personal business and I chose not to press him on it in one of those post-game locker room scenarios usually reserved for answers like “He hit a change-up high in the zone.”
But Timmy should know he has all sorts of Ninangs and Lolas in the Filipino community rooting for him and wishing he ate just a little more lumpia. And Ligo sardines.
“I like rice,” he told me with a smile one day in the dugout. “I eat lots of rice.”
Ligo is the company that sponsored that Filipino scarf the Giants gave away recently on Filipino Night. The one with Lincecum’s #55 on it.
Now if he wants to be a real half-Filipino, he should eat sardines the Filipino way. Open up a small can of Ligo sardines (they come in tomato sauce). Dump it in a fry pan of onions and garlic. When it heats up, use it to top off your mound of rice. Now that’s what I’d call a pre-game meal. The garlic keeps hitters away.
It’s also something a Filipino mom would do for her son. My mom did something similar for me, while I watched games on TV, though I preferred “tapa.”
Lincecum’s comment on his mom makes you realize how much we are defined by that relationship with Mom and how lucky we are when it’s a special one.
If you are lucky to have your mom close, give her a hug, maybe some flowers, make her a meal (but no Ligo).
Just make sure she’s part of your game.