"I don't say this tongue-in-cheek," Sabean said Thursday, "but where do we go from here?"
NL Cy Young Award Voting
|Tim Lincecum, SF||11||12||9||100|
|Chris Carpenter, STL||9||14||7||94|
|Adam Wainwright, STL||12||5||15||90|
|Javier Vazquez, ATL||1||3|
|Dan Haren, ARI||1||1|
Citing Lincecum's competitiveness, Righetti offered an answer to Sabean's "where do we go from here?" query."I think we win," Righetti said, comparing Lincecum to some of the game's legendary pitchers whose statistics were exceeded only by their desire for championships. "Your goal always needs to stay with winning," Righetti said. "With [Sandy] Koufax I'm sure it was [that way] with the Dodgers, and [Bob] Gibson with the Cardinals and I'm sure [Juan] Marichal pitched like a Cy Young Award winner here for many years and they had great ballclubs. ... I think he's one of those guys. It's all about the wins." Though the Giants haven't reached the postseason since 2003, four years before Lincecum made his Major League debut, he said that starting this year's All-Star Game provided a hint of the playoff atmosphere he craves. "You see that kind of atmosphere everybody talks about, with the crowd and the intensity of it," he said. "It kind of opens your eyes to what kind of situations you want to be in. We always talk about winning being the main goal here and getting into the playoffs. ... "The objective is that World Series ring."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less