The new New York Times Magazine article on Tim Lincecum was fine. And I’m glad to see no less than the French Huguenots mentioned in the comment section on line as an explanation for Lincecum’s fighting spirit.
But let’s not leave out the distaff side.
In fact, reporter Mahler’s story is typical of the Lincecum narrative seen in the mainstream media.
Lincecum’s mom, Rebecca, is always left out of the story. She’s a full-blooded Filipino American, born in the Philippines, surname Asis. It’s a fact that the ethnic media has long picked up on, making Tim arguably the best Asian American athlete in professional sports.
In this era of diversity, that’s no small feat.
Reportedly, Lincecum doesn’t like to talk about his mom because his parents divorced about 8 years ago.
But Lincecum does acknowledge his Filipino roots when the Giants’ have their Filipino American nights. Lincecum took the first pitch from Manny Pacquiao two years ago before one of the heritage events. Still, mainstream stories always neglect any mention of his bi-racial heritage. Why leave out that fact?
What’s the relevance in the star’s story? It may help explain questions about his size and body type. But it may also provide insight on why he’s such a complex athlete/personality.
More than anything else, Lincecum is a tremendous source of pride for the Filipino American community, forever under-represented in American society. Why should the French Huegonots be alone in their claim to Lincecum’s achievements? the guy’s half-Filipino. And there’s never been a Filipino American in sports, let alone baseball, like him. Certainily not since Benny Agbayani had that great year for the Mets.
But now Tim has surpassed them all!