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"It sent a chill through me a little bit. I got a little choked up," pitching coach Dave Righetti said about hearing the news. "I just spent a week in New York and they didn't even know his name, hardly."
Drafted 10th overall out of Washington in 2006, Lincecum said his major league experience last year helped him succeed this season. He also credited an improved changeup, which he threw more often after finding a comfortable grip.
"I've always taken pride in trying to strike people out," he said. "That's the one (statistic) that kind of gets me fired up."
Lincecum said he was on his couch watching NFL highlights with his roommate when he got the Cy Young call. One of the first people he phoned was San Francisco closer Brian Wilson.
"Me and Tim talked about this a lot. I always pumped him up and said, 'Dude, you know you're going to win the Cy Young?'" Wilson said in a telephone interview. "This was before the season. He had the best fastball, best changeup and best curveball. He pretty much dominated every start. We would set goals and I would say, `I bet you won't strike out 10 and not walk anybody,' and he'd strike out 12. Each game he pitched he kept adding up the tally. Soon, America was going to know he was the best."
McCormick won in the first year the BBWAA honored a pitcher in each league. From 1956-66, only one Cy Young Award was presented for both leagues.
This year's American League winner will be announced Thursday, with Cleveland lefty Cliff Lee a heavy favorite. AL and NL Managers of the Year are Wednesday.
Santana, a two-time AL Cy Young winner with Minnesota, received a $50,000 bonus for finishing third. Sabathia got $75,000 for coming in fifth. Webb's second-place finish increased the buyout of his $8.5 million 2010 club option by $500,000 to $2 million.
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