MySpace’s founder offers to pay Tim Lincecum’s salary if the Giants sign him

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We talked about Tim Lincecum the other day and how the once-great, now not-so-great pitcher is a free agent. Maybe he signs elsewhere — probably, actually, as the Giants don’t have much room for him it seems — but if he does, it will be very difficult to see him in another team’s uniform. The Freak is just SUPPOSED to wear black, orange and that off-white the Giants sport.

Certainly some Giants fans feel that way. Including one rich Giants fan: Tom Anderson. If you don’t know him by name, this may refresh your memory:

Myspace Tom

That takes you back, doesn’t it? Yes, Tom Anderson is MySpace Tom, your VERY FIRST MySpace friend! He is a real person. Indeed, he’s one of the founders of MySpace and he is presumably a super, duper rich guy given that NewsCorp bought MySpace for over half a billion dollars back when things like using MySpace seemed like a good idea. MySpace Tom is apparently a Giants fan, because yesterday he tweeted this:

He may have posted it on MySpace too, but how would anyone know that?

Anyway, I can totally understand Tom’s attachment to Lincecum. Linceucm was a total beast for the Giants. Giants fans love him, even if he hasn’t been worth a damn as a pitcher for several seasons. There are good associations there, everyone wants to see him return to at least decent form and, by gum, they want to see him do it in a Giants uniform.

And to be fair, if you have a financial interest in MySpace, I’m sure you would do anything under the sun to bring back 2008 again too.

Oakland Athletics reverse course, will continue to pay minor leaguers

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has reversed course and will continue to pay minor leaguers. Fisher tells Slusser, “I concluded I made a mistake.” He said he is also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees.

The A’s decided in late May to stop paying paying minor leaguers as of June 1, which was the earliest date on which any club could do so after an MLB-wide agreement to pay minor leaguers through May 31 expired. In the event, the A’s were the only team to stop paying the $400/week stipends to players before the end of June. Some teams, notable the Royals and Twins, promised to keep the payments up through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended. The Washington Nationals decided to lop off $100 of the stipends last week but, after a day’s worth of blowback from the media and fans, reversed course themselves.