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Brian Wilson fined $1,000 for wearing "flashy" orange shoes

Jul 28, 2010, 5:49 PM EDT

Remember the orange shoes Brian Wilson wore while pitching in the All-Star game?
Well, he wore them again last night and Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez complained to MLB, who have fined the Giants’ closer $1,000 for “non-conforming shoes.”
Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Wilson “was told that half of each shoe had to be black” and spent this afternoon “sitting by his locker using a black marker to color half of the orange shoes.”
Seriously. He called them “Nike Air Sharpies.”
Asked about the situation–and Rodriguez calling the shoes “too flashy”–Wilson gave a pretty amusing answer:

Too flashy. I didn’t know that’s in the rulebook. Oh it’s not in the rulebook. The fact that he thinks these shoes throw 97 to 100 with cut might be a little far fetched. I guess we should have these checked as performance-enhancing shoes.

In fairness to Rodriguez, the orange shoes are pretty flashy. And in fairness to Wilson, they aren’t all that flashy when accompanied by his mohawk.

  1. Old Gator - Jul 28, 2010 at 6:09 PM

    The “first Puerto Rican manager in Major League Baseball” also happens to be a petty, colossal asshole. He’s the kind of neighbor who would measure the distance from your backyard shed to the property line with a laser finder and then turn you in to building and zoning. The schmuck. It makes a lot more sense now that this was the guy Scrooge McLoria hired.

  2. Schneebly - Jul 28, 2010 at 7:26 PM

    Puh-leez, Edwin. If for one, you have begun impressing your middling destiny of the blanding of baseball upon the rest of us fun and happy baseball fans, at least try to avoid YOUR COMPLETE HYPOCRISY a little better:
    http://twitpic.com/24thtc

  3. Utley's hair - Jul 28, 2010 at 7:35 PM

    Hell, look at the shoes. He should have been fined more than $1000, just due to the godawful color. Though he gets points for having the guts to wear ‘em–or are they deducted for fashion felony?

    But remember, the Fish are the same team that had Brett Myers put on a long sleeve shirt after a two or three innings in a game a couple years back because the tattoo on his arm was too distracting. Unreal.

  4. bigtrav425 - Jul 28, 2010 at 8:56 PM

    The Nazi’s strike again!! for christ sakes who cares WHAT color cleats players wear!! no one does but MLB nazis!!!…these commissioners etc of the NBA,NFL AND MLB DRIVE ME FREAKIN INSANE!!

  5. quint - Jul 28, 2010 at 9:06 PM

    It would be quite funny for Rodriguez to get a call from him GM.
    “So, you guys lost yesterday and are losing today, what have you been doing to fix this?”
    “Well, i complained about a pair of shoes…”

  6. walk - Jul 29, 2010 at 1:50 AM

    Counter point here is relievers are notorious for being head cases. If you can into their heads some whether you anger them, make them uncomfortable, play on their supersticions, or give them a blister from having to wear new shoes you may make them make mistakes on the field.

  7. Knower - Jul 29, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    There are two rules that cover this issue!!! 1. All players on the field must be uniformed alike. 2. Pitchers are not allowed to have anything that could distract the hitter. Remember the pitcher who had to remove his earring???

  8. Mill - Jul 29, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    I wonder if the entire team will get fined for their Friday, “get your orange on” uniforms. Those uniforms aren’t 50% of the teams colors. Insane…I wonder if Nike will give Wilson a 50/50 pair of shoes now.

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