Lincecum Leads Team of Characters

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There was no doubt, there was only Tim Lincecum, on the mound, reaching for history.

No doubt: The face of the Giants franchise was going to take this one home.

There was Lincecum -- a small pitcher, at his largest on the biggest stage, under the brightest lights, when the great ones rise above it all.

And begin to etch their names on plaques and monuments.

"There's a time and a place," pitching coach Dave Righetti said, when asked about Lincecum's performance.

Game 5 of the World Series was the time. Rangers Ballpark was the place.

The chance to clinch the Giants' first World Series championship in 56 years (and first in the team's San Francisco history) was the moment.

And there was...

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