Los Angeles Dodgers reliever (and former eccentric San Francisco Giants closer) Brian Wilson is a bit of an odd fellow.
Some might even say he’s a knucklehead, which seems to be an accurate description given his newest pitch – a knuckleball.
You may recall, last season Wilson suggested that he was toying around with the idea and was even caught throwing the wobbling pitch in practice. He never used it in a game situation – until yesterday – when Wilson unleashed the Uncle Charlie against the Seattle Mariners and Brad Miller.
Enjoyed Miller’s reaction there – he certainly wasn’t expecting that. It wasn’t as animated as we’ve seen from other batters when they get a pitch they didn’t expect, but it clearly locked him up for a moment.
There’s no word on if Wilson will actually use this in a regular season game this year, though, I certainly wouldn’t put it past him as it’ll essentially be a free strike (assuming he can locate it) because batters aren’t going to be sitting on it.
Here’s Wilson’s practice attempt from last season, in case you missed it: