Brian Wilson makes Dodgers debut, rejects $1M offer to shave beard (video)
TMZ is reporting that despite reported negotiations between Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Brian Wilson’s people and the proprietors of 800razors.com, the Bearded One apparently has rejected the online razor retailer’s $1 million offer to shave his beard and become the company’s brand ambassador. Further, the beard apparently was never in jeopardy.
In other Brian Wilson news from within the chalk lines, the reliever made his Los Angeles Dodgers debut on Thursday, pitching a scoreless ninth inning, fanning two and allowing one hit in a mop-up role following Clayton Kershaw’s eight-inning, five-hit masterpiece in a 6-0 Dodgers win over the Miami Marlins.
Wilson got Ginacarlo Stanton looking, forced Logan Morrison into a groundout, gave up a double to pinch hitter Greg Dobbs before retiring Justin Ruggiano on a swinging strikeout to end the game.
In case the above video is pulled, here’s Wilson striking out Stanton for his first K in a Dodgers uniform (via MLB.com Note: The three outs Wilson recorded can be seen here on MLB.com):
Wilson certainly looks to be back in form. If he can pitch as well as he did Thursday down the stretch, and presumably, given the remarkable run the Dodgers have been on, deep into the postseason, the move to sign Wilson to a one-year, $1 million deal will be one of the genius and savvy moves by an MLB team this season.
That’s all well and good, but back to the beard.
MVP Sports Group, the agency that represents Wilson, reportedly has told TMZ that there will be no shaving of Wilson’s beard — no how, no way, no deal.
Wilson is quoted in the TMZ report as telling his agency that his magnificent beard will be “going with him to the grave.”
Just how it should be. Thank you, Brian Wilson, for putting style, panache, a flair for peculiarity and, um, beard hair above an apparent significant financial payday.