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Brian Wilson shouts at Giants CEO Larry Baer following Dodgers-Giants game

Sep 27, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

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Well this was bizarre. After the completion of last night’s Dodgers-Giants game, Dodgers setup man and former Giants closer Brian Wilson walked across the field to the box of Giants CE) Larry Baer and began shouting at him. Andrew Baggarly of has the story:

“Just a conversation between me and him,” said Wilson, when I asked him what that was all about.

But as we told you first on, Wilson was steamed that he still hasn’t received his 2012 World Series ring, and he was letting Baer know he wasn’t happy about it.

Baggarly spoke to Giants officials who are totally perplexed. Apparently they have tried to give the ring to Wilson on several occasions, but each time they have been rebuffed by Wilson’s people. Baggarly says Wilson has his ring now, as it was given to Dodgers officials to give to Wilson.

It was a weird year for Wilson, as he made a point to stay out of the public eye as he rehabbed his arm and, rather than try to make any deal with a team early on, waited until he was sure he could pitch before ultimately signing with the Dodgers. It was a good baseball move for him — he’s been lights out since he came back — but secreting himself up on some mountain with samurais or whatever also made him a hard man to reach, I figure.

So much drama, but there’s always drama around Wilson.

  1. blacksables - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    So the Braves (in the opinion of many people here) acted like douchebags for things that happened in the heat of the moment during a game, and were crucified for it.

    Wilson acts like a douchebag (because he’s an idiot) and most people here will end up idolizing him for it.

    Strange days, indeed.

    • jm91rs - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:37 AM

      Or maybe the Braves players involved in that fracas are douchebags and so is Brian Wilson? The team you play for does not define your douchebaggery.

    • dan1111 - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:37 AM

      I don’t think this will make him many fans.

    • paperlions - Sep 27, 2013 at 9:03 AM

      I have no idea what you are talking about. Do you just make things up to be upset about? Who around here (or anywhere) idolizing Wilson (except for Wilson, who obviously idolizes himself).

    • cshearing - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:18 AM

      Yeah, look at the scores of comments idolizing him.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:20 AM

      You should change your name to Stretch.

      • stlouis1baseball - Sep 27, 2013 at 3:35 PM

        Stretch? Or StretchSables? Either one works. But I am big on details.

    • cur68 - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:45 AM

      Dude, please. Reality is calling you and Reality wants to say “Going around with a chip on your shoulder over things which simply are not true will make you miserable”.

      If you can find on this board where the majority of people like Brian Wilson’s schtick you let us all know. Until then, please chill out.

      • blacksables - Sep 27, 2013 at 11:21 AM

        Go back and read the post where he called out John McCain. That was no different than this situation.

        You having a short memory doesn’t make you right. Also, I don’t have a chip on my shoulder.

        I’m just constantly amazed at people like you here on this site who are always pissing and moaning about the players breaking your personal set of ‘unwritten rules’, and thinking you have the right to tell them how they should live their lives or conduct themselves in games.

        And then try to make heroes out of guys like Wilson because they ‘break the rules’ that other people uphold.

        If you’re going to allow Craig to do your thinking for you, that’s your choice. But allow those people with original thought the right to express it also.

      • cur68 - Sep 27, 2013 at 12:41 PM

        Man. That’s a convient set of examples you got there. The ONE and ONLY thing Ive agreed with that Wilson said was his rather snappy comeback for McCain. In fact, MOST of the people on this board had that to say about Wilson. Because we agreed about ONE thing you appear to be conflating that to “agree about all things”. That’s some pretty low level thinking right there. As opposed to YOUR claim that we’d all agree with whatever he says. Patently false. And, since you’ve been proven conclusively wrong, you’d think you’d own up to that.

        As for Craig doing my thinking for me . . . mmmkay…


      • stex52 - Sep 27, 2013 at 12:59 PM

        Sables, I saw the Braves thing split pretty much down the middle. It got more heated than it needed to, but I’d be hard pressed to say one side or the other clinched it. I also don’t agree with your assessment of Wilson. His schtick was fun about four years ago, but nobody here likes him much anymore.

        And why shouldn’t we piss and moan? It’s a blog. That’s what we are here for. We can say what we want. So can you. Cur wasn’t telling you to stop. But we don’t have to all agree on everything either.

    • ryanrockzzz - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      I’m sorry you are really mad at the people who said the Braves acted douchey, despite the fact they totally did.

      Wilson did to. But at least he hasn’t yelled at the owner twice in two weeks- or blocked him from getting out of his seat by playing sheriff.

  2. jm91rs - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    This is exactly the reason The Giants (and likely some other teams) passed on the chance to sign Wilson after the injury. His act has gotten old and worn on fans, I can only imagine what it’s like to be around the guy all the time. He’s pitching well enough that none of that matters right now and the Dodgers certainly got a bargain.

    • tablescrappy - Sep 27, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      Or it was that the giants knew they’d wrung every last marketing penny out of Wilson and his beard and didn’t want to cover his surgery and rehab. Don’t be fooled into thinking the giants were tired of his act. They loved his act as long as it made them money. They’ve put up with plenty of bigger jerks than Wilson. Wilson’s mistake was thinking they’d treat him differently than any other player.

    • alexo0 - Sep 27, 2013 at 9:39 AM

      There’s always drama around Wilson because Wilson likes having drama around Wilson.

      And he was injured while playing for the Giants, so I’m thinking they were still responsible for his surgery and rehab.

      • tablescrappy - Sep 27, 2013 at 9:46 AM

        The surgery, yes, although insurance covers that. They got out of covering almost a year of aftercare, including rehab, consultations and facilities usage (most of which happens in-house and is not covered). Follow the money. It’s why they loved him and why they dumped him.

  3. heyblueyoustink - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    I’m yelling at people, like Brian Wilson did. Whoooaaaooohhh

  4. mdpickles - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    Brian Wilson, ladies and gentlemen. Grade A Asssclown.

  5. jonirocit - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    It was very puigish… Wilson has lost his mind .

    • koufaxmitzvah - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:24 AM

      And who has Puig yelled at?

      Oh, that’s right, he ignored an Arizona Diamondback legend.

      And could have probably peed in a pool.

      Yes. Oh-so Puigish because you say so.

  6. stex52 - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Some people just need drama in their lives to make things complete. Josh Hamilton! I’m looking at you, too.

    • paperlions - Sep 27, 2013 at 9:02 AM

      For some people, everything is always all about them, even when it is not. It seems that Wilson and Hamilton have that in common…somehow, always thinking that anything and everything that happens with a team or organization was somehow devised mainly with respect to them, and not the team.

      • bleedgreen - Sep 27, 2013 at 9:17 AM

        I have friends like that. Nothing is ever a mistake or an accident. Every thing that happens to them is someone plotting against them. It gets old real quick.

      • stex52 - Sep 27, 2013 at 9:55 AM

        I didn’t want to lay it all on Wilson and Hamilton, because they aren’t the only high strung divas in the league. But it’s early and I drew a bit of a blank. Billy Wagner comes to mind, but he is retired. If we worked on this we could come up with some others. Pujols has been straying in that direction for a couple of years.

      • paperlions - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:43 AM

        Oh yeah, not an uncommon trait (have you ever listened to women get riled about wedding arrangements, acting like somehow the day is about them when they aren’t the ones getting married?)….just not a very attractive one.

  7. tablescrappy - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Here’s a little reality for you: Brian Wilson is a jerk, but Larry Baer is an A-1 asshat. They deserve each other.

    • hcf95688 - Sep 27, 2013 at 9:29 AM

      Yes. This.

    • sonoco - Sep 27, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      Baer has more class in his pinky than Wilson could ever hope to have.

      • tablescrappy - Sep 27, 2013 at 2:30 PM

        You’ve clearly spent no significant time in the presence of Larry Baer.

  8. yahmule - Sep 27, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Like a dope, I actually thought Wilson was going to start toning down the schtick.

  9. barkleyblows - Sep 27, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Wow I can’t believe I ever liked this jack wagon. Shame on me.

  10. Bob - Sep 27, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    I’m tired of Brian Wilson. And I’m an LSU alumnus.

  11. pgilbert2013 - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    It would be comical if next year the D-Backs give Puig a little chin music and the dugouts empty, the cameras catch Popeye (Matt Williams) beating the ever-lovin heck out of Bluto (Wilson the D.B)… Good stuff.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:32 AM

      Maybe they can hit Puig in the nose with a fastball again, just to titillate you.

      Because in a thread supposedly about Brian Wilson, here comes PGilbert with some Puig bashing in true dipshit fashion.

      Maybe when Puig hits his first homerun this postseason, you’ll feel it where it matters most.

  12. smcgaels1997 - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    I hope Baer shouted back “You can have your ring Captain Jack when you give back the 8 million you got for throwing 30 whole pitches last year…” and “Thanks for only showing up to support your team once they were in the playoffs and in the spotlight so you could park your face on TV and get attention”. Wilson was compensated very well the last 4 years, 2 of which he missed the majority of the seasons, he’s the last one who should have a chip about anything.

  13. rickdobrydney - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    He’s a narcissistic ass—-

  14. eagles512 - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    He seems like a d’bag

  15. sonoco - Sep 27, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Brian Wilson grandstanding? Say it ain’t so!

  16. kingscourt25 - Sep 27, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    To the Giant fans now calling Wilson an idiot or a douchebag, you guys do realize this was how he always was, right?

    • tablescrappy - Sep 27, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      They know, they’ve just hidden that knowledge deep in their closets along with their Fear the Beard t-shirts, fake beards and #38 jerseys.

  17. brewcrewfan54 - Sep 27, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    He’s let his “eccentric bearded guy” character go to his head.

  18. moogro - Sep 27, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    I’m missing something. A lot more animus then there should be.

  19. beachnbaseball - Sep 27, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Wilson thinks he IS somebody. He’s not. He’s just another asshat.

  20. braddavery - Sep 27, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    I love how so many people conveniently “forget” that Wilson was a HUGE part (0.00 ERA in 11.2 playoff/WS innings) of the 2010 World Series winning Giants squad and conveniently bring up that he was hurt for the 2012 WS run as if that is a knock on him. Dude is successful regardless of what you think of his personality.

  21. bbk1000 - Sep 27, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Sorry, I like this guy…..he’s a good ballplayer and is funny to boot…

  22. pugsydoodle - Sep 28, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Amazing how the fools and the misinformed crawl out from under their rocks when a MLB player gets some “negative” ink.

    Brian Wilson was the principal “Closer” for the Giants from 2006 – 2011; was selected to three (3) All Star Teams during that period of time (was credited with the “Save” for the 2011 American League victory); still shares MLB’s record for most “Saves/Wins” in Post Season Games; and recorded three (3) saves in the 2010 World Series. It was also in the 2010 season that he converted 48 of 53 save opportunities and led the majors in saves as well as leading the major leagues in saves of four outs or more and was named “MLB’s Closer of the Year.”

    The reason Wilson is STILL angry with Giant’s management and had no interest in participating in any “formal” ring presentation ceremony was because they (the Giants) “tendered” him in 2012 which made him lose close to a $ 7 million bonus. When you couple that with the fact that Wilson had stated publicly on many occasions that he wanted to wanted to begin and end his career with the Giants, it is understandable “why” Wilson was mad that it took more than two (2) years to get a ring that had been sitting in someone’s office in San Francisco.

    • aquaria40 - Sep 30, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      1) Very few teams pay a player bonuses when that player doesn’t play most of the year. You get bonuses when you EARN them. He surely filed a grievance with the union. If he didn’t get the money, it’s because an arbitrator felt that he didn’t meet the terms of his contract to get the bonus.

      2) Everyone knows Wilson was a good closer. They’re not talking about his abilities here, but his attitude, which is lousy.

      Try to keep up.

      3) All players say that they want to stay with a team forever. It’s part of the spiel they all give the media.

      Brian Wilson may or may not have meant it, we’ll never know, but as smart as the dude brags about being, he should know full well that players NEVER decide if they stay or go. Getting upset about being traded or tendered is futile. He has no control over it, and that’s just part of being a player.

      If he can’t appreciate that he was able to play in MLB at all, then he’s an ungrateful dirtbag.

      4) The ring in question is the 2012 ring, not the 2010 ring, which he received in 2011 at the opening day ceremony in San Francisco in April.

      Try to keep up.

      5) The Giants front office made a good faith effort to give him his 2012 ring over seven months. They invited him to the ring ceremony on opening day. They tried to call him. They tried to arrange it in other ways.

      It’s not their fault if Wilson refuses to deal with them in a mature and rational manner.

  23. marshallnbrown - Sep 30, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Brian Wilson is an over-amped jerk… no doubt a player who’s been spoiled since little league.

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