Timmy Takes a Big Loss on the Sale of His Paradise Valley PadSeptember 8, 2016
Former San Francisco Giants ace turned Angel, Tim Lincecum, has taken a big league loss on the sale of his 11,028-square-foot home in Paradise Valley, Arizona.
Purchased from former Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman, Kevin Young, for $3.4 million in 2012, Timmy listed the five-bedroom home, which features an indoor basketball court, retractable batting cage and an adjacent movie theater with stadium seating, for $3,995,500 in mid-2014.
Reduced to $3.6 million last month, the home at 4793 East Charles Drive has sold for $3.0 million, a $400K loss, according to the Los Angeles Times.
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Such a luxurious place, with nothing more than a sheet on the bed. Classy!
whats a 400k loss for someone like that, what like 2 innings of pitching time or something like that. he’s a pitcher right? Im sure he could care less and was happy to dump this. Phoenix is awful, regardless of where / what you own there (IMHO)
I think what’s “worse” than the loss of $400k is the fact that we live in a society who supports paying a man millions of dollars for throwing a little leather covered ball at a bat and making so much money he can afford to buy a house like this.
The house is obscene on many levels, but so is the money to purchase it.
hahaha….well you and i often don’t agree, which is perfectly ok of course, but on this item, I 100% agree with you!
Think about that for a second…or two: a typical room is about 100 s.f., so this is equal to 110 rooms; even if you assume more grandiose rooms of, say, 200 s.f. this is 50+ rooms. (and all this for someone who strikes me as wanting not much more than grow-room (wink, wink))
And we see far worse on this site…often.
throwing the ball “at” the bat is what is ending Timmy’s career. He was for a time among the best at throwing a ball that a bat could not “at”, no matter the batter. A little leather ball thrown by a master of movement is a sculpture in motion, carving air. To not appreciate Lincecum’s mastery is to not appreciate gymnastics, ballet, kinetics, and the art of illusion, for Timmy combined them all; a legendary filthy freak and world champion.
But I would hardly lump baseball and throwing a little leather ball with much that is artful..I suppose he learned to do it pretty well.
I tend to lump baseball in with Cracker Barrel and Bud Light.
throwing a ball isn’t necessarily artful, but pitching it is.
of the hundreds of millions of people that have thrown a baseball, Tim Lincecum was among the most artful, ever.
Of the tens (hundreds?) of millions of people who have attempted to play baseball, Tim, for a few years, was the absolute best at the most difficult position. I don’t know anyone who is the world’s best in anything, but those that are, I assume, are paid accordingly. I do agree that it is strange that someone with Tim’s particular skills is paid so much, but if the money isn’t going to him, it goes to those who own the team–the owners do a lot, sure, but no one pays to watch them.
Look, I get that a bunch of you guys are Giants/baseball fans. That’s all cool. I could care less about corporate, big business, big money sports.
But I guess what I’m saying is not about whether throwing a little ball is skillful/artful/talented or not. I have no idea. But the fact that these players are paid SO DAMN MUCH MONEY, say compared to a heart surgeon or scientist, etc. is appalling to me.
Our obsession and adoration of sports figures is so out of whack with other values. And then, of course, typically these sports guys spend enormous amounts of money on the most hideous and monstrous houses around. (Basketball players are the worst).
Just my 2 cents.
In a “free market,” the monies paid professional athletes is the purest and truest of all.
Futurist, then who should get all that money spent by fans on professional sports? Professional athletes are paid exorbitant salaries because they have a unique set of skills that very few other human beings on this planet have. Trust me, if owners could find other athletes who could do the job better and cheaper, they would do so. But they can’t. As long as fans are willing to spend money on tickets and merchandising and watch games, athletes will reap the financial rewards – and rightly so.
yeah, hundreds of millions of people have struck out swinging. About 10 million USAers play baseball every year, millions more play in other countries. The US has been playing baseball since before the Civil War. So, yeah, hundreds of millions of people have played baseball.
For those interested in the architecture of the human body, check out Tim Lincecum pitching. A finely crafted and executed design. Too bad about the hip torque.
Oh god, this is the absolute dumbest, most idiotic argument I’ve ever heard (and I generally hear it from people who know absolutely nothing about sports). Listen Futurist, exactly how many people do you think can do what Tim Lincecum can do (in his prime, at least)? A lot of people are more than happy to see Tim pitch. Where should that money go? To the owners? The umpires? The grounds crew? Professional athletes are paid what they get for a reason. Do us all a favor and stick to architecture, OK?
Calm down Fish, it’s all good. I actually agree with what you’re saying (basically). But you seem to be upset at me because, well, I know nothing about sports. I don’t have to.
Again, to me, it’s NOT really about sports, about people happy to see him pitch, about where the money should go, about being a “professional” thrower of balls. None of that.
It’s about the obscene amount of money paid to sports figures for just playing a “game”, and about the obscene things they spend their money on, like crappy, gaudy houses, big cars, lots of bling and being adored as some sort of “hero”. Seems out of whack, but yea, it’s so “American”.
Yuck. Just allow me my opinion.
Pro athletes don’t get paid “for just playing a “game”” — they get paid for winning competitive contests. The ones at the pinnacle of the most competitive sports get there by besting yuge numbers of competitors and naturally get paid yugely, which we should perhaps blame on the ancient Greeks and that jock Aristotle.
Of course they don’t get paid yugely because of their taste or wisdom in spending money. They aren’t like professional money managers or bankers that never ever spend their personal money on gaudy houses, etc.
Now, about the obscene amounts paid to starchitects for just scribbling….
As misinformed and ignorant as it obviously is, sure. I’m not upset at you, just your oblivious opinion about athletes getting paid millions to play a “game”. It’s the opinion of someone who invariably whines about professional athletes, but seems to have no issue with some of Hollywood’s top movie stars getting paid millions despite their films flopping. Again I ask you (and you can answer after you ask yourself) who should get paid the billions of dollars fans pour into professional sports? And don’t give me some trite answer like “it should go to schools” or some such nonsense. You apparently have no problem with property owners selling their homes for millions, so I can only assume you have a basic grasp of the free market.
@Fishchum: you mean it’s not a “game”? oh, ok.
But really. I didn’t bring up the overpaid Hollywood stars who get paid millions for “playing a role”. Probably just as obscene way to make money. I agree with you.
And yea, the Wall Street bankers and money thugs also are overpaid. I get that.
I suppose the fans who pay the billions to go to the games are part of the money stream. They seem to have no problem with the greed of the owners: it costs a family of 4, on average, about $400 to go to a professional bb game. Sorta crazy huh?
But I’m not gonna win you over, nor will you win me over. Just a diff of opinion, and what we value to be important.
But we pay kitchen remodelers outrageous amounts and they are kind of useless too.
Boy, if one is going to go on a rant against those who are paid a lot of money to provide nothing of value (arguably), there is a long list of targets beyond professional athletes:
Investment bankers, nearly all CEOs, hedge fund partners, singers/rappers, models, most lawyers, most architects, union bosses, most property developers, video game designers, car dealers, talk show hosts, newscasters, most plastic surgeons, comedians, most psychiatrists and therapists, campaign managers, talent agents, movie producers . . .
But ranting against the money paid to these individuals will be about as effective as Occupy Wall Street.
Better than paying geeks with computers to manipulate markets, destroy companies and communities, and make more money for already ungodly rich people.
He provides more pleasure for American society than the typical “hedge fund manager” does.
I can’t imagine the cost of electricity to cool and warm 11,000 sq ft in that Arizona heat/cold.
Frank Lloyd Wright managed somehow without heating or cooling or even walls, really, in Paradise Valley and he was in his 90s.
Yes but old people love smothering heat. My parents feel right at home with the thermostat set at 85. People typically exile from deserts, not pay millions to live in the middle of one.
Funny you say that, but a few weeks ago I saw a LOT of young people among the “old people” hiking and camping at Joshua Tree National Park.
It was about 96 out.
Yes and who actually lives in Joshua Tree? It’s one of the most desolate places on earth.
I rest my case.
It is very profitable to do business with professional athletes.
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