Over the last few years, Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao has taken off like a rocket, and he hasn't been alone.
Millions of his countrymen have strapped themselves to his back so they can experience all the thrills of the world's most riveting sport.
Together, they've traversed numerous weight classes, defeated countless contenders, and have won a record seven different world championships.
Everything they do, they do together, and their heartfelt unity has paid big dividends.
The People's Champ is now sitting comfortably atop the sport of boxing and his passionate fans are sitting right there with him.
But to the surprise of most Filipinos, there is another Pinoy riding around on a rocket all his own. And for the last few years, none of them have known about it.
Tim Lincecum is a starting pitcher for the San Francisco Giants and he has been absolutely dominant since he first made his debut in May of 2007. The 25-year-old right-hander can knock down big-league hitters like a round-a-bout left hook landing squarely on Ricky Hatton's jaw, and he has the hardware to prove it.
Lincecum is the first pitcher in Major League Baseball history to win the prestigious Cy Young Award in each of his first two full seasons. He is also the only pitcher to strike out more than 260 hitters in each of those two seasons, and his competition isn't even close.
Along with Pacquiao, Lincecum is undoubtedly one of the two most gifted and accomplished Filipino athletes that ever lived. But unlike Pacquiao, Lincecum's appearance doesn't quite scream out "I'm Filipino."
But then again, Lincecum's diminutive stature and lanky frame doesn't exactly scream out "I'm the best pitcher in Major League Baseball" either.
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