For a few seasons, former closer Brian Wilson was the face (at least, one of them) of the San Francisco Giants.
But after a season ending injury cut short his 2012 campaign and Wilson felt disrespected by a lowball contract offer from the Giants, the eccentric reliever decided to rehab as a free agent.
That lead to Wilson signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier this season, this after he suggested the Giants had no interest in him. The Giants on the other hand said that wasn’t true and they did have interest in bringing Wilson back.
It was a battle of he said, she said, that came to a head this week in San Francisco when Wilson made his first appearance in San Francisco as a Dodger.
After Wilson appeared in the opening game of the series to a mix of cheers and boos, Wilson began to warm up in tonight’s rubber game and was heavily booed in the process. He never entered the game, but once the game concluded after the Giants had won, instead of walking to the locker room Wilson rushed over to San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer, who was sitting behind home plate and began to engage in a very (one sided) animated discussion including a handful of pointing gestures from Wilson.
The conversation was so animated, the San Francisco Giants who were standing near the pitching mound in their postgame lineup all turned around to see what the commotion was.
Nobody knows exactly what Wilson was so unhappy with, though, speculation from the Giants beat is that Wilson may have been upset with security considering the bullpen’s in San Francisco are on the field and back up to the stands.
Best guess on Wilson. He was whining about bullpen security.
Update: According to Hank Schulman, Wilson was unhappy with the Giants for not providing him with his World Series ring:
In one of the oddest scenes you’ll ever see after a game, former Giants closer Brian Wilson walked to the Giants’ side of the field after tonight’s 3-2 San Francisco victory, as Giants players were shaking hands on the field, to rail on team president Larry Baer for not getting his 2012 World Series ring.
Wilson’s actions stunned Baer and Giants officials, who said they tried repeatedly throughout the season to meet with Wilson so the ring could be presented, and that he never responded, even when the Giants invited him to the ring ceremony during the first weekend of the home season.
“I don’t know why he decided to make a show of it and air his grievance tonight,” team spokeswoman Staci Slaughter said.
The Giants, after making attempts to give it to Wilson tonight, gave it to a Dodgers representative to give to Wilson.