After much thought, the Giants fan finally asked the all-powerful baseball genie for his wish: That Tim Lincecum could still, in the year 2019, throw 97 mph for 200 innings a season, like Max Scherzer does.
“OK,” the genie said. “What’ll you give me for it?”
The fan was confused. The genie explained that some genies like to come up with clever ways to unexpectedly curse any fulfilled wish, but this genie felt all that was unnecessarily cruel. This genie stated the stakes right up front: Any wish could be granted, but it would require the sacrifice of something of roughly equal emotional or tangible value. The more that is asked for, the greater the cost.
Tim Lincecum and Max Scherzer are the same age. I’m not saying that I would trade the 2014 World Series for Lincecum still being able to throw 97 mph for 200 innings, but … well, I’ve at least thought about it for the last half-hour.
— Grant Brisbee (@GrantBrisbee) October 2, 2019
The genie said, “So, would you trade the 2014 World Series — the team’s third in five…