The only Cy Young Award voter who excluded Tim Lincecum from his ballot grew up in Sacramento a Giants fan and had season tickets until 1984. Told that his name might not be treasured among Giants fans today, Chris De Luca, national baseball writer of the Chicago Sun-Times, said, "I'm glad I don't have season tickets any more." . . .Obviously not a moral atrocity or anything, and certainly not the worst ballot you'll see in a given year, but definitely evidence that there are still guys who are fascinated by the shiny counting totals, regardless of their worth.
. . . De Luca stood by his ballot. Voters are allowed to pick the top three pitchers and De Luca had Brandon Webb first, Brad Lidge second and Johan Santana third.
"It's funny because toward the end of the season, in early September, I was thinking Lincecum would be in my top two," De Luca said. "I thought Webb's victories (22) stood out to me more than anything, and Lincecum didn't have the victories. Twenty victories was a big deal. We had a stretch there where no one was hitting 20.