Let's give Brian Wilson some credit.
Over the course of the past year, he's gone from just being known as an All-Star closer for the Giants who shared a name with an eccentric music genius to an eccentric All-Star closer who has a well-followed Twitter account.
Well, make that had a Twitter account. On Monday night, Wilson pulled the cyber plug on his digital doodlings after a controversy over a series of late-night Tweets erupted over the weekend.
You can still see the sequence of Wilson's updates here, but the short story goes like this: On late Saturday night/early Sunday morning, Wilson posted three updates and all seemed to suggest that he was interacting with some "over aggressive males" in a Scottsdale club or bar. Then, later on Sunday, Wilson blew a save against the D'Backs, prompting Chronicle beat writer Henry Schulman to speculate that fans might find a link between Wilson's late night and his first blown save of the year.
The "controversy" gained some legs and then entered its second day on Monday. From there, Schulman provides the rest of the details, via his blog, The Splash:
Wilson subsequently removed all of his Twitter posts and replaced them with one that began, "WARNING — do not take my twitters seriously, they are made up stories that reflect my humor."
In a conversation with me inside the clubhouse (on Monday night) Wilson said he wrote his "Scottsdale" posts from his hotel room. In a tweet directed toward me (and not in a friendly way), he suggested he was enjoying a room-service hamburger.
"I don't even drink during the season," Wilson told me. "I like to work out and I don't like to feel like complete ---- the next day."
Whether or not Wilson is telling the truth about making up the story is up for each of us to decide, but both Schulman and Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News say that Wilson's claim is a believable one because he's a genuine person. After reading Wilson's Twitter for the past few weeks, I'd say that I tend to support that belief, mostly because many of Wilson's Tweets were so out of left field that one really started to believe it takes a different kind of cat to close a Major League ballgame. (For what it's worth, Wilson went 1-2-3 on Monday night to earn a save in a 5-4 win against the Dodgers.)
Still, Wilson's account was so honest and fun to read — it was nice to follow a real person instead of a carefully-crafted PR creation — that the Twitterverse is rightfully mourning the premature death of @brianwilson38. Personally, I hope it eventually makes a comeback, because even if he was out mixing it up on Saturday night, I don't think it's the first time — or even the 20,000th — a player has done such a thing before a day game.
It's just the first time we may have heard it straight from the source himself.
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