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Lincecum & Mathewson vs. Halladay & Fox

If you’re lucky enough to not be a Cablevision subscriber [1], enjoy Game One of the 2010 NLCS tonight on Fox. If you’re like me, you’re rushing off to a radio to hear Tim Lincecum square off against Roy Halladay in one of the few matchups that fairly screams “PITCHING DUEL!” in advance (which means it will probably be 8-7 after three).

As long as the two aces are evoking a time gone by (staticky AM reception included), take a trip back to 1905 with me, to the last time a Giants pitcher traveled to Philadelphia for a postseason game — I wrote about Christy Mathewson, the Philadelphia Athletics and some historical parallels with young Mr. Lincecum on the New York Times Bats blog on Friday here [2]. I hope you enjoy it more than I’ll enjoy not being able to see Halladay and Lincecum tonight.

And happy tenth anniversary to this postseason classic [3], remembered here [4] by Matthew Callan. Come to think of it, I’ve never seen Game Five of the 2000 NLCS on television either, but I had a good excuse.