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A case of the Mondays: Nobody puts Timmy in a corner

Jul 15, 2013, 9:02 AM PDT


There’s always a lot going on during the weekend. If you weren’t lucky enough to spend the past two days on the couch, you can catch up on the top five sports items you may have missed here.

No. 1: Nobody puts Timmy in a corner: Even if you were living under a large rock in the Son Doong Cave, you’d probably still know that Tim Lincecum tossed a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres on Saturday. But did you know what he played on his iPod during the ever-important pregame shuffle? Our Giants Insider Andrew Baggarly does, of course:

Lincecum spun mostly Phil Collins in his pregame music mix Saturday, but he added “Hungry Eyes” from the “Dirty Dancing” soundtrack. A precedent has been set, no? “Oh, I’ll just watch “Dirty Dancing” next time,” Lincecum said. “Maybe it’ll get better.”

No. 2: Why Cano chose Yo: The gates at the Oakland Coliseum don’t open early enough for fans to see the home team take batting practice. As a result, Yoenis Cespedes’ laser show often goes unseen. With an opportunity to launch baseballs in front of a worldwide audience at the Home Run Derby, Cespedes spent Friday and Saturday practicing. He paired up with A’s third base coach Mike Gallego, who will be throwing his derby session, and smashed balls that hit the windows of the luxury suites on Mount Davis, and even hit a ball into the O.Co hole for good measure.

During batting practice, Cespedes unleashes more lasers than a Skrillex concert, but he hasn’t hit a home run in a game since June 21. Maybe some derby dingers will wake up his bat.

No. 3: Wondo-ful: Chris Wondolowski keeps kicking his way onto the national scene. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Wondolowski became the first player in the history of the U.S. men’s program to record back-to-back multiple-goal games in one tournament. The Earthquakes forward, and Danville native, opened the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup by delivering a hat trick against Belize and followed that up with two goals against Cuba.

No. 4: No place like home road: The San Francisco Giants will be playing a road game at AT&T Park. Now that you’ve had a moment to let that sink in… here are the details. The Giants and Reds will play a July 23, doubleheader in San Francisco to make up for the rained out game in Cincinnati on July 4.

Baggarly has the bizarre details:

The first game will start at 4:05 p.m. and Game 2 will begin a half-hour after the final out. The Reds will be the home team and wear their home uniforms in the first game, leaving the Giants — as the visiting team at AT&T Park — in their road gray jerseys for Game 1. The team’s will switch jerseys for the regularly-scheduled night game, in which the Giants will be the home team.

Things haven’t been going the Giants’ way lately. This has to help. The Giants will bat in the top half of each inning, but they don’t have to get on a plane, sleep in a hotel, trot down to the road clubhouse, or play in front of a hostile crowd.

No. 5: It’s all in the hips: It has been 17 years since Happy Gilmore hit the silver screen. It took more time than expected, but we all knew Adam Sandler’s hard-headed hockey goon-turned-golfer character would eventually revolutionize the game.

Check out this video captured by our sister network the Golf Channel. Some of the European Tour pros look a little too comfortable trying Gilmore’s signature drive. It’s worth sticking around to the end when Phil Mickelson steps it up and whacks a ball Happy-style with a right-handed club.

There was no word on if Chubbs was present to coach their swings.

Three to see:

If you’ve made it this far, clearly you have some time on your hands. Here are three stories that you simply must see.

1: Josh Donaldson (not an All-Star) gets pied after “dorking one in” to beat the best team in baseball.

2: Buster Posey hugs: For when you’ve just done something awesome.

3: San Jose Sharks unleash a ‘Sharknado’ on ESPN.

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