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Brian Wilson’s beard foresees a Giants-Red Sox World Series

Jul 11, 2011, 3:38 PM EDT

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Giants closer Brian Wilson, who closed out last year’s World Series against the Rangers, sees his team meeting the Red Sox for all of the marbles this time around.

“I called it earlier this year,” he said. “It would be epic.”

Wilson, a New Hampshire native, has never pitched at Fenway Park and is hoping for the opportunity, he told the Boston Globe.

“I was there to see the Junior Pan-Am Games once and a few Sox-Yankees games.” he said. “I’ve never been there as a baseball player. It would be fun to go there for the Series. You think?”

The Red Sox and Giants currently have the second- and fifth-best records in baseball, respectively, so it doesn’t seem especially far-fetched.

  1. bleedgreen - Jul 11, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Without Timmy pitching to his potential, and the SF offense picking up a LITTLE bit the Giants won’t make the WS. They’ll probably make the playoffs due to their weak division, but not to the WS.

    • thermalito - Jul 13, 2011 at 4:39 AM

      The Giants would be an awful matchup for the Red Sox. The Giants would have significant advantages on the mound in their starting pitching and no way the Red Sox bullpen even comes close to hanging with what the Giants have.
      No offense? hmmm. I seem to remember hearing this same nonsense last year. Pitching wins championships dude.

  2. Jonny 5 - Jul 11, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    But does it see how much it resembles a bad Merkin?

    • cleverbob - Jul 12, 2011 at 11:52 AM

      Is there such a thing as a good merkin?

  3. skerney - Jul 11, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    Today at HBT: Craig: Well, no games today. Matt: We could spend the afternoon showing pictures of Brian Wilsons beard. Craig: Make it so.

  4. burgandyandgold - Jul 11, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    It was a fluke that they won the World Series last year. Now way they get past Philly or Atlanta.

    • skerney - Jul 11, 2011 at 3:49 PM

      Yes sir, those teams really shut the Giants down in October last year.

      • mercyflush - Jul 11, 2011 at 9:09 PM

        right because didn’t you know that if you beat a team once in the playoffs you’re guaranteed to beat them every time you play them forever more, year after year?

      • fflnick - Jul 12, 2011 at 5:10 AM

        You must be smoking some of the weed passed around last year at AT&T if you think the Giants offense can do that again.
        Their are currently next to last in NL in runs scored and that’s games mostly played against mediocre pitching as only the Padres can pitch in their division.
        Cody Ross hit .294 last year in playoffs. He is a lifetime .266 hitter.
        Andres Torres hit .276 last year in the playoffs. His is a lifetime .247 hitter.
        Posey is out. Burrell and Tejada look finished.

        Giants scored 4.3 runs a game a year ago in the regular season. They are down to 3.6 this year. That’s significant.
        In the playoffs run production always goes down. A year ago they had 3.9 runs a game in the playoffs.
        They will be hard pressed to get three runs a game this year with the current state of their team. The Giants were the only team in recently NL playoff history to average less than 4 runs a game (just coming under 4 runs a game) and still get to the World Series.
        Historically, in the NL, you have to average over 4 runs a game in the playoffs or you lose.

        Face it- last year they caught lightning in a bottle with that offense. Odds of that happening again are extremely slim.

        As far as their pitching- it’s really good. A year ago they were the top pitching team in NL. Philadelphia and Atlanta though can out pitch them this year. Philadelphia’s pitching is half run better this year than last and they always pitch better in the 2nd half the last few seasons. Atlanta is .4 run better this year.

        Individually- Vogelsong was a find though he has never pitched more than 133 innings. He has 91 already. The Giants were able to be selective when pitching Matt Cain with home field last year. He has over run higher ERA away from AT&T Park this year. Sanchez ERA is over 4 on the road this year and his is hurting. It will be much tougher to get those home/road pitching options this year as the Braves and Phillies will win more games this year.

        If they get to the playoffs which is tough as the Dbacks are not going away. They will most likely have to get by the Braves first which is no easy task. Their reward will be the Phillies waiting for them in the 2nd round.

        Their offense would have to get by the two top ERAs in NL to even get to the World Series.
        Stats show the Giants odds of getting to the World Series this year are rare.

      • garlicfriesandbaseball - Jul 12, 2011 at 2:49 PM

        That’s right. No way they can get past Cliff Lee.You think? Sounds like a broken record to me.

      • skerney - Jul 12, 2011 at 3:16 PM

        Wow, at this rate no NL team will make the World Series this year.

  5. halladaysbiceps - Jul 11, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Mr. Wilson,

    Mr. Halladay, Mr. Hamels, and Mr. Lee may have something to say to your prediction coming true.

    • skerney - Jul 11, 2011 at 3:52 PM

      Miss the t so badt.

      • aceshigh11 - Jul 11, 2011 at 3:57 PM

        I guess the “t” stands for “thorazine”, because Mr. Biceps has been a totally different person lately.
        :)

      • halladaysbiceps - Jul 11, 2011 at 3:59 PM

        I have been taking 800mg daily. In a semi-coma state on a daily basis.

    • Ari Collins - Jul 11, 2011 at 3:58 PM

      I can’t believe I’m agreeing with bicep(t)s.

      The newer, gentler you is welcome back, by the way.

      • halladaysbiceps - Jul 11, 2011 at 4:00 PM

        Thanks Ari.

    • dlevalley - Jul 11, 2011 at 4:00 PM

      Just like all three had something to say about it last year! /oh wait

      • aclassyguyfromaclassytown - Jul 11, 2011 at 5:41 PM

        Lee did his part last year aginst the Giants, just on a different team. With the three together, SF doesn’t stand a chance.

      • dlevalley - Jul 11, 2011 at 7:05 PM

        @aclassyguyfromaclassytown

        Are you talking about Lee’s loss in game 1, when he gave up 6 ER (7 runs) in 4 2/3? Or his loss in game 5, when he only gave up 3 earned in 7?

    • skerney - Jul 11, 2011 at 7:27 PM

      Phillies big three versus SF last year (including playoffs)

      Hamels 0-2
      Lee 0-2
      Halladay 1-2
      Oswalt 2-4

      Forgive the World Champions for not shaking in their boots.

      • mercyflush - Jul 11, 2011 at 9:14 PM

        Again… why do Giants fans think that because their team beat certain pitchers in the playoffs LAST YEAR that they would do it again? Other than game 1 of the WS, there isn’t one playoff game against any of the 4 Phillies you mentioned were the Giants offense beat them up.

        The Giants won 4 games against the Phillies in the NLCS, but it wasn’t because they beat up the starters. They were actually outscored for the series. They won because their own pitchers shut down the Phillies offense. If you’re gonna talk smack, do it about the right things.

      • skerney - Jul 11, 2011 at 9:41 PM

        Did I say anything about the Giants offense? Did I say anything about the Giants beating up on anyone? No, I pointed out that the Phillies 1 though 4 starters were collectively 3-10 against SF last season. You are the one that brought up offense, not me. Additionally you proved a far better point than I did, the Giants pitching did shut down the Phillies offense, a Phillies offense that was far superior than this years version. Thanks for bringing it up. So while the SF offense hasn’t been as good as last years, the pitching has been. Thats why we think we can do it again.

  6. aceshigh11 - Jul 11, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    That beard KILLS me.

    He looks like that amorous Will Ferrell character (Roger Clarvin) who was always talking about making love to his wife in front of uncomfortable guests:

    http://xfinitytv.comcast.net/blogs/files/2010/03/SNL-Hot-Tub-Lovers.jpg

    • kopy - Jul 11, 2011 at 4:06 PM

      Reasons like this is why I think SNL is still good, but people just remember the old days fondly. Will Forte could be a bona fide star someday and people will be like “Man, remember those MacGyver skits?!” Sure, he’s currently making terrible movies, but Ferrell had his Night at the Roxbury stage, too.

  7. mss16 - Jul 11, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    I am so sick of this tool. Maybe the most annoying, fake, self promoting person in the league.

    • skerney - Jul 11, 2011 at 4:05 PM

      And nasty. Don’t forget nasty.

  8. philly56 - Jul 11, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Someone needs to break into his house in the middle of the night, bust out a disposable razor, and shave that fool.

    • paperlions - Jul 11, 2011 at 4:15 PM

      A disposable razor? You really thing that will do the job?

      I’d start with a sawzall and then finish the job with a random orbit sander…maybe a dremel for the detail work.

    • Phillies Homer - Jul 11, 2011 at 4:15 PM

      I’m not so sure a disposable razor would work… perhaps kitchen shears or a weed wacker. But the weed wacker might wake him up…

    • Utley's Hair - Jul 11, 2011 at 4:34 PM

      Nair.

      • ditto65 - Jul 11, 2011 at 9:07 PM

        He could wake up and watch it fall out!

  9. kdub61 - Jul 11, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    God forbid somebody in this boring ass league should have some personality. You keep bringing it B. Weezy!

    • bleedgreen - Jul 11, 2011 at 5:17 PM

      Its not that he has a personality. its that its all a show. Like smashing that water cooler? Well… he sure did look around hard enough to make sure there was a camera there before doing it, didn’t he! Not shaving and dying your beard with shoe polish isn’t ‘personality’, its a gimmick and a look at me kind of thing. Ozzie Guillen has personality, Brian Wilson has a schtick.

      • ditto65 - Jul 11, 2011 at 9:10 PM

        A calculated, corny, cold-fish routine. Showing up for your interview on some late night show wearing a captain’s hat and smoking a pipe? Props. As in stage props.

  10. dogsweat1 - Jul 11, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    We get it Brian…………Your macho…..

    The Charles Manson look is you.

    The Phillies and Bosox sounds better……..

  11. aclassyguyfromaclassytown - Jul 11, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    I’m no Yankee fan, but would love to see them trade for Brian Wilson just so that they would make him shave, with their strict hair policies and whatnot. Then they’d see how much of a wuss he looks like without it and immediately make him grow it back. And if I have to watch another one of those stupid comercials…………… We get it! There are crazy things going on in the beard! It wasn’t funny the first time! I don’t normally wish harm on anyone, but if he somehow got that awful looking thing caught in a sander, or bicycle spoke, or anything that would rip it clean off his face, It would make me smile, laugh, or likely both. And for Gator’s sake EDIT FUNCTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • aclassyguyfromaclassytown - Jul 11, 2011 at 7:11 PM

      All those thumbs down? I guess a lot of people really like the beard, huh? That is sad. At least I can go read El Bravo saying “Go Phillies” one more time and make myself smile again.

    • ditto65 - Jul 11, 2011 at 9:15 PM

      Perhaps it is the idea that the Yankees, who would not even tolerate Donnie Baseball’s long(ish) hair would encourage a player to grow a lumberjack/Harley poser beard.

  12. citynative - Jul 11, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    fluke, phillies, lee, halladay, worst division, yada yada yada. The Giants horrible offense was 5-3 last year vs. R2C2 in the playoffs.

  13. citynative - Jul 11, 2011 at 9:23 PM

    2010 Assumption: The West is such a weak division, the winner of it wont be able to compete vs. tge East teams.

    2010 Fact: Giants beat Braves and Phillies in playoffs.

    2010 Assumption: The Phillies will win the NL

    2010 Fact: Giants beat Phillies 4-2
    (and the Braves were the tougher series)

    2010 Assumption: Giants will have a tough time winning in Philly.

    2010 Fact: The Giants 2-1 in Philly in playoffs.

    Bottom line: we have heard tge philly jiberish before… and it has been false. Will the Giants repeat? No one knows, but the Philly confidence is false and falls on deaf ears.

    • trigzter - Jul 11, 2011 at 10:00 PM

      something about having the best record in the league brings me confidence. 5th best just doesn’t have a good enough ring to it.

    • mercyflush - Jul 12, 2011 at 9:52 AM

      Fact: all of your facts are dated 2010.

      Fact: it’s 2011.

  14. fflnick - Jul 12, 2011 at 5:20 AM

    Stats show the Giants odds of getting to the World Series this year are rare.

    Their are currently next to last in NL in runs scored and that’s games mostly played against mediocre pitching as only the Padres can pitch in their division.
    Giants scored 4.3 runs a game a year ago in the regular season. They are down to 3.6 this year. That’s significant.
    In the playoffs run production always goes down. A year ago they had 3.9 runs a game in the playoffs.
    They will be hard pressed to get three runs a game this year with the current state of their team. The Giants were the only team in recently NL playoff history to average less than 4 runs a game (just coming under 4 runs a game) and still get to the World Series.
    Historically, in the NL, you have to average over 4 runs a game in the playoffs or you lose.

    Face it- last year they caught lightning in a bottle with that offense. Odds of that happening again are extremely slim.

    As far as their pitching- it’s really good. A year ago they were the top pitching team in NL. Philadelphia and Atlanta though can out pitch them this year. Philadelphia’s pitching is half run better this year than last and they always pitch better in the 2nd half the last few seasons. Atlanta is .4 run better this year.

    If they get to the playoffs which is tough as the Dbacks are not going away. They will most likely have to get by the Braves first which is no easy task. Their reward will be the Phillies waiting for them in the 2nd round.

    Their offense would have to get by the two top ERAs in NL to even get to the World Series armed with one of the worst hitting lineups in the game. The odds are the Giants offense will not come close to 2010 production in the post season. As good as there pitching staff is they won’t buck the stat trends.

  15. hlang - Jul 12, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    The Giants had one of the three worst offenses in MLB during the first half of 2010. They acquired cast-offs and became one of the top HR clubs in the second half, dragging their offense up to average for the year — just enough to support the pitching. That’s all they have to do this year to be formidable vs. the Braves, Phillies, and WS opponent. There are a half dozen different ways that could happen (Huff improves, Belt establishes, an average hitting catcher is acquired, Schierholtz continues to post average RF numbers, Burrell connects, Sanchez can return after all, etc.). There are a half dozen ways it could fail to happen (opposite of parens above). But one thing is likely true: They will not be a top HR team in the second half, and even if they achieve an average offense, that makes a pretty big difference. But despite their abysmal showing to date (and neither Philly nor Atlanta are exactly powerhouses either), getting to average in the second half is not exactly like flying to the moon on fart power. It’s doable; odds are against but not stacked like a mountain. And if they get there, Braves and Phils have the same problem they had last year, with Cliff Lee slicing the margin a little vs. the Phils. G’s could have lost either series last year, too. But there is no superpower in the race and luck will always have a say. It’s tough to repeat and to overcome adversity. They’ve done it through 90; could manage another 72 + 11.

  16. feartherallythong - Jul 12, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    Disclosure: Giants fan since 1969.
    First, the prediction – not crazy, but like last year a lot of things will have to go right for Los Gigantes to make the WS. Possible, but hard. Those who say it’s statistically unlikely are of course correct, but it was statistically unlikely last year – and that’s where a fan rests his/her hopes.

    Second, the schtick – IMHO it’s clearly a bit. Wilson’s a smart dude with a twisted sense of humor, who has created a bit/character to amuse himself (See Kaufman, Andy).

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