Wilson came in with two outs in the eighth inning and the Giants clinging to a 1-0 lead. He blew the save upon giving up a RBI single to Magglio Ordonez(notes), but kept the Tigers from taking the lead when he got Miguel Cabrera(notes) to line out.
After his team scored three runs in the top of the ninth on a ground-rule double by Pablo Sandoval(notes) and two bases-loaded walks, Wilson came back out for the ninth and was in line for the win. But he was well on his way to giving the game right back to the Tigers, as three of the first four batters he faced reached base.
As he walked into the dugout, Wilson had some rage to unleash. The major league saves leader had blown two consecutive save opportunities. (He may also have been mad about giving up a hit to Inge, who raised his batting average to .201 with that RBI single.) And a poor, defenseless water cooler was the recipient of Wilson's frustration (and the business of a baseball bat).
Here's the video, courtesy of MLB.com:
So, uh, could you talk about what was going through your mind as you attacked the water cooler, Brian?
"Well, you know, give myself 30 seconds to absolutely lose it, then come back and be part of the team and watch Affeldt close it out," Wilson said. "You come back to reality and root on the guy who's going out to save your ass, and he did a marvelous job of it."
But it also looked as if Wilson followed up his bat attack with a punch at the dugout wall. Disregarding Crash Davis' sage advice, that punch was thrown with his pitching hand. Wilson, however, said he sustained no injury following that particular confrontation.
Told that ESPN's "SportsCenter" likely would replay his display endlessly, Wilson said, "I don't watch 'SportsCenter.'"
As for his hand, Wilson said, "My hand is fine. Ask the wall."
Wilson said that he wouldn't be embarrassed watching video of himself hitting the jug over and over on TV highlights. After all, he "squared it up."
Might as well take ownership of that tantrum. And maybe the Giants' hitters can pick up some batting tips from that clip.