According to a former landlady, star pitcher Tim Lincecum tore through his San Francisco townhouse just like he tore through opposing batters toward the end of the 2010 season.
Lincecum, the two-time Cy Young Award winner who led the National League in strikeouts in 2010, is being accused by his former landlady of causing at least $200,000 to his Mission District townhouse.
The landlady, Mindy Freile, sued Lincecum in October 2011, saying he damaged "bedding, doors, carpet, pillows, kitchenware, linens, furniture, household appliances, art work, decorations, patio furniture, lights, lamps and mirrors, among other things" around the time his lease expired in February of 2011. Just a few months earlier, the Giants won their first World Series in San Francisco.
Lincecum wanted to submit the case for confidential arbitration, arguing that a provision in his lease allows for it, but a San Francisco court says California law does not permit that. So now the case has become public, and depending on what details emerge, it could turn out embarrassing for Lincecum.
"We anticipate that the case will now be litigated in the trial court," Lincecum's lawyer, Peter Bransten, told SFGate, "and Mr. Lincecum will vigorously contest the allegations."
As Bob Egelko of SFGate points out, Lincecum could easily settle the dispute out of court. The hurler will make $22 million this year, and so $200,000 is about three days' salary.