"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds" - Ralph Waldo Emerson.
I hope it is not boring to be consistent. I always get up at the same time, walk the dog the same place, vote Democratic...you get the idea. Hell, I am just about the most consistent Giants fan that you will ever meet. I always felt that being consistent was a sign of strength. Ol' Ralph does not seem to agree.
The level of consistency that Tim Lincecum brings to the Giants is most definitely a team strength (is there another one?). Tim's gutsy and, somewhat artless, performance continues his streak of quality starts. We have won 9 of the last 12 Lincecum outings, including the last six. Seven starts after losses are all victories. That was his thirteenth straight quality start. You all know the numbers. Tim clearly wasn't his dominant self, yet the only run came from a bases loaded walk by a reliever. Tim seems like our only pitcher that gets tougher when men are on base. If he is a hobgoblin, then I want a team full. (He was a Spiderman foe, right?)
So, I guess this consistency thing, a real sticky point among my crowd, comes down to the definition of "foolish." What is "wise" consistency? Consistency in baseball can't always be good, can it? Tim's type: wise. Sabean's type: foolish. A Giants' fan type: ????
Who was the most consistent Giant you remember? Was it "wise" or "foolish" consistency?