Tim Lincecum's Home -- Seattle, WA
San Francisco Giants pitcher
Status: Purchased condo unit December 2010
They call him "The Freak" in San Francisco, where the two-time Cy Young winner has thrilled baseball fans with his freakishly bedeviling fastball. But back in his hometown of Seattle, where he makes his off-season home, Tim Lincecum did a very non-freakish real estate move: He bought a Seattle condo for $1.5 million. Not just any condo, but one in the city's newest, more glitzy buildings, Escala. With views of the Space Needle and the rest of the Emerald City, Lincecum, a University of Washington grad who said he likes looking across town to where he played college baseball, uses the building's sleek gym for workouts. It was in the swimming pool there that he dropped 22 pounds prior to Opening Day 2012, and celebrated by inking a 2-year, $40-million contract that doesn't box him in for a long-term stay in the Bay City. Freaky. But a very Lincecum-esque move.
Albert Pujols Home -- Wildwood, MO
Anaheim Angels first baseman
Status: Purchased 2007
A World Series championship with the Cardinals in 2011 after 11 seasons in St. Louis was not enough to keep perennial All-Star Albert Pujols in the Midwest. Instead, the slugging first baseman opted for a lucrative free-agent deal worth $254 million in the American League with the Anaheim Angels where the 32-year-old Puerto Rico native can surely extend his career as a designated hitter. But so far, there's no sign that Pujols is selling his French-chateau-style house back in upscale Wildwood — the 'burbs west of St. Louis. For Pujols, who was second to only the great Stan Musial as a Cardinal icon, it turns out that his stint in St. Louis really was his Gateway to the West.