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Brian Wilson destroyed a water cooler last night

Jul 2, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT

Brian Wilson water cooler AP

The headline pretty much says it all.

After blowing his second save in as many days last night against the Tigers, Brian Wilson took his frustrations to a water cooler in the dugout. The bearded closer was pulled with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. Jeremy Affeldt was able to get Brennan Boesch to line into a double play to end the game and give the Giants a wild 4-3 victory.

When asked if he would have a difficult time watching his blowup replayed on television, Wilson told the San Francisco Chronicle: “Why should it be difficult? I squared it up.”

While last night’s incident certainly jibes with Wilson’s quirky and intense persona, I wonder what we would be saying if he hurt his pitching hand in the process.

Here’s the video footage, courtesy of

  1. detachable - Jul 2, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Was he screaming “GOT HEEEEEEEEM” ?

  2. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Jul 2, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    I’m so sick of this guy already, his stupid beard and whats in it…………..GTFO

    • garlicfriesandbaseball - Jul 2, 2011 at 12:43 PM

      I hear you. “Giants Bail Out Wilson” this morning’s headline in the SJ Mercury News …..No mention of Bumgarner, anywhere! Disappointing. It’s not always about Wilson. In fact it’s starting to be less and less about Wilson. In the prior 3 games the Giants starting pitchers allowed only two runs over 21 1/3 innings and NO WINS. That’s what these stories should be about. Disappointing? You bet!

      • garlicfriesandbaseball - Jul 2, 2011 at 12:44 PM

        And to make it worse, WILSON WAS THE WINNING PITCHER in this game, after losing it for Bum in the 8th and getting pulled in the 9th. Unbelievable …..

      • JBerardi - Jul 2, 2011 at 3:42 PM


        Wow, it’s almost as if pitcher wins are a bunch of bullshit.

      • yourenuckingfuts - Jul 2, 2011 at 6:36 PM

        Pitchers Wins are a wicked stat, what are you talking about.

        – Signed 1985

    • Leigh - Jul 3, 2011 at 8:35 PM

      Hey, he squared it up, didn’t he? That’s my boy.

      Whattsamattah? Your AstroTurf burning?

  3. bobulated - Jul 2, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Wouldn’t be surprised to see the beard be shaved as a slump buster if he doesn’t pull out of this little hiccup soon.

  4. ditto65 - Jul 2, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    It is all an act.

    • hcf95688 - Jul 2, 2011 at 12:36 PM

      A tired and weak act at that.

  5. paperlions - Jul 2, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Technically, didn’t he just suck, but not blow the save…the Giants still won without giving up the lead.

    Dustin Pedroia felt the need to act like a giant jerk last night as well. After a called strike (that appeared to be a strike according to Fx), he argued with the call for a bit while standing in the box, then he singled on the next pitch and on his way to 1B he turned and yelled back at the ump. Not only was Pedroia being an asshole and wrong, but the ump had actually (according to Fx) called a strike a ball earlier in the count, helping Pedroia out.

    • thomas2727 - Jul 2, 2011 at 11:03 AM

      He entered the game in the 8th inning for a 4 out save and blew the save in the 8th.

      • paperlions - Jul 2, 2011 at 1:22 PM

        My bad….hadn’t looked at the box score…he got the “win”….shouldn’t he have been happy?

      • jimbo1949 - Jul 2, 2011 at 1:51 PM

        It wasn’t won yet, he thought he blew the game.

  6. thomas2727 - Jul 2, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Sure much of Wilson’s antics are an act. But the guy wants to win first and foremost. It seems too many guys these days have the attitude that if they lose it’s no big deal.

    I want guys on teams that I root for that get mad when they fail. Blowing off a little steam in the dugout may be a little bit childish but I don’t have a problem with it if it is an isolated incident. Just don’t punch things with your pitching hand and don’t turn into Carlos Zambrano.

  7. jimbo1949 - Jul 2, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    water cooler? WATER COOLER? That’s not a freakin’ water cooler, it’s an oversized picnic jug. A water cooler has a 5 gallon jug of water sitting on top of it that explodes when you hit it with a bat. Which is why they don’t have water coolers in dugouts anymore.

  8. greeniemeanie - Jul 2, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    At least he cares. I would rather see one of my players occasionaly do something like this than shrug around after the game and try and deflect the blame or play the cliche game with the press. If he wants to do better he will be motivated to do better and frustrated when he fails. It is most concerning if he would be apathetic.

    • paperlions - Jul 2, 2011 at 1:27 PM

      Yeah, because so many players don’t care if they win or lose….it is very common for non-competitive people to be ML quality baseball players.

      I would much rather see players that can control and focus their emotions like adults rather than unleash them on inanimate objects like a cranky teen during puberty.

  9. cptnew1 - Jul 2, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    I’d be more likely to buy that he was upset and blowing off steam if he didn’t turn to see if the camera was still on him before he grabbed a bat.

  10. hoopmatch - Jul 2, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    John Grabow had a similar outing for the Cubs against these self-same Giants June 29. He let the Giants score the go-ahead run in top of 13th inning and looked like he’d be the losing pitcher. Then Geovany Soto hit a 3-run homer off (guess who?) Brian Wilson in bottom of 13th to get the win for Grabow.

    • thomas2727 - Jul 2, 2011 at 3:43 PM

      Soto did not hit the homer off Wilson. He hit it off of Ramon Ramirez.

      If you are going to spout crap at least get your facts straight.

  11. bigyankeemike - Jul 2, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    The guy is embarrassing lumberjack pitchers everywhere.

  12. raw101 - Jul 2, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    Paperlions you got to remember a closers role is to save games. If a closer comes in a save situation and ends up winning the game it means that he blew the save and cost the other pitcher the victory. So wilson wont be happy that he got the victory, but he will be thankful that giants as a team got the victory.

  13. schmedley69 - Jul 2, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    “His beard is weird.” – Keith Hernandez

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