The scene starring Brian Wilson that took place after Thursday's Los Angeles Dodgers-San Francisco Giants game was a lot like Wilson himself — bizarre.
After Wilson's old team closed out a 3-2 victory against his new one, Mr. Fear the Beard marched out of the Dodgers bullpen, across the AT&T Park diamond and confronted Giants CEO Larry Baer, who was watching the game from seats near the Giants dugout. And Wilson was fuming.
It wasn't immediately clear what had Wilson so upset. Turns out, he was angry about the 2012 World Series ring the Giants had yet to give him. That's according to the Giants, at least. Wilson, on the other hand, didn't go into detail, telling Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area:
“Just a conversation between me and him,”
The Giants, however, said this was all about the ring. But they also said they made numerous attempts to give Wilson his ring and were ignored. Here's more from Baggarly:
Club vice president Staci Slaughter said Wilson's ring was made in time for the ring ceremony in April, but he declined an invitation. Slaughter said several members of the organization, including Baer, manager Bruce Bochy and VP Bobby Evans, have tried over the last seven months to arrange a meeting with Wilson but their calls weren't returned.
The Giants finally gave the ring to a Dodgers official on Thursday and asked that it be passed along to Wilson.
"It's disappointing. It's unfortunate. It's bizarre, really," Slaughter said. "This organization really has tried to do the right thing and I don't know where this is coming from. It wasn't for a lack of effort on our part. Larry, Bobby, Bochy — everybody has made an effort to reach out to him."
#sfgiants apparently tried to meet Wilson Tuesday and he said, "Just put it in my locker." By yesterday he wanted big on-field ceremony.
— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) September 27, 2013
Well, When I texted Baer the photo so he could frame it, he responded that he didn't hear anything about video image. All about the ring. — Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) September 27, 2013
Sounds like Wilson is now on the correct side of the Giants-Dodgers rivalry. If all (or even most of) this is true, he's no Giants fan these days. But Wilson's clash with the Giants likely has less to do with Dodger blue and more to do with not being in Giants orange.
The Giants chose not to re-sign Wilson this season after his 2012 ended prematurely and he needed Tommy John surgery. In fact, he only pitched in two games in 2012, the year of the World Series ring in question. After the injury, Wilson worked his way back, tried out for a few teams (including the Giants) and eventually signed with the Dodgers. He was a good fit there, since L.A.'s bullpen had been shaky at times this season.
It's enough to make you wonder, though: Was all this really about a ring? Or was it a scorned closer, one who had previously tried to downplay his side-switch, finally lashing out at the management of his ex-team?