Dodgers reliever Brian Wilson went all Brian Wilson on Giants CEO Larry Baer (vid)
Following the conclusion of the Los Angeles Dodgers-San Francisco Giants game at AT&T Park, Brian Wilson angrily confronted Giants chief executive officer Larry Baer. Wilson, as players were shaking hands following a 3-2 Giants win, sauntered over to where Baer was sitting and engaged in a heated exchange with the team executive. Well, a one-sided heated exchange, as it appeared that Baer just sat there, confused, shocked and dumbfounded as can be over the incident.
Varying reasons for Wilson’s tirade have been speculated, from the Dodgers reliever being irate over stadium security near the bullpen to Wilson allegedly being upset over the Giants continued use of his image during in-ballpark highlight videos.
Most now believe that Wilson’s outburst was precipitated by his unhappiness with the fact that he has yet to receive his 2012 World Series ring from the team and blamed the Giants for it, something a team spokesperson wholly disputed.
Wilson, who signed a deal with the Dodgers on July 30, was clearly and visibly upset. Giants vice president Staci Slaughter wouldn’t reveal the exact nature of the exchange between Wilson and Baer other than that “voiced his displeasure” during the interaction, according to an AP report. But she did dispute the notion that the Giants have been uncooperative in getting Wilson his ring.
“We have been for seven months trying to give him his World Series ring, and tried these past three days,” said Slaughter. “It’s been more challenging than we expected. We’ve given the ring to the Dodgers and he now has it. We really tried to do the right thing. We invited him to the ring ceremony. A number of members of our organization repeatedly reached out to him and we didn’t get any response.”
The San Jose Mercury News reports that the team invited Wilson to the April 7 ring ceremony at AT&T Park, but the then-out-of-work pitcher (who was rehabbing his elbow following Tommy John surgery and out of a job after the Giants non-tendered the pitcher after the 2012 season, refusing to pick up a $6.8 million option) wouldn’t respond to texts or calls team officials.
Whatever the reason was behind it that motivated Wilson’s outburst, it nevertheless a freaky scene. Wilson was more than animated as he gesticulated, pointing this way and that, before storming off to the Dodgers dugout.
Being big fans of “The Bearded One” here at the Sportress, we’d like to argue that Wilson’s behavior was warranted, but it’s difficult to assert that claim. His behavior was bush league and unprofessional. If he had an issue with the Giants and how the team handled the delivery of his ring, so be it. Just do it behind closed doors.
In the end, after Wilson’s histrionics and madcap antics, the Giants merely left the ring with the Dodgers, probably hoping this will be the end of it.
(video via CSN Bay Area, image via @hankschulman)