Posted September 27, 2013

Brian Wilson confronts Giants CEO over World Series ring

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Brian Wilson confronted the Giants CEO about his World Series ring. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Brian Wilson confronted the Giants CEO about his World Series ring. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Dodgers reliever Brian Wilson ran to the Giants’ dugout after the teams’ game Thursday night and confronted Giants CEO Larry Baer regarding his 2012 World Series ring. Baer soon after delivered the ring to Dodgers personnel outside the team’s clubhouse, according to the Associated Press.

The Giants said the team had attempted to present Wilson with the ring from the last of his seven seasons in San Francisco.

“We have been for seven months trying to give him his World Series ring, and tried these past three days,” Giants spokeswoman Staci Slaughter said. “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.”

Slaughter said only that Wilson “voiced his displeasure” when speaking to Baer. The Giants stayed in contact with Wilson and monitored his recovery from a second Tommy John surgery that cost him most of last season, but he ultimately signed with the archrival.

“It’s just unfortunate, because he was an important member of our organization,” Slaughter said.

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Andrew Baggerly of CSN Bay Area tweeted Wilson’s description of the incident as just a conversation between he and Baer.

https://twitter.com/CSNBaggs/status/383465135966142464


48 comments
Norsnoyl
Norsnoyl

The guy is a pain in the backside. He wouldn't even take the time to talk with the Giants beat writers after he made his initial outing against the Giants. This is a person who gives the public the impression that he really only cares about himself. Now thats not true as he has done a lot of charity work in the past but for some resin he wants to come off as a bad ____. All in all he still has the goods and where he will be next year is anyones guess..

lsvllronald5
lsvllronald5

From looking at Brian's beard it is quite obvious to that he is taking some type of performance enhancing drug(s)...just saying!

BrewFan130
BrewFan130

I don't get it, the Giants rep. said he unfortunately signed with their arch-rival, but the Giants had all off-season and half of the regular season to sign him to a deal if they really wanted him.  

As far as the ring goes, why not just mail it to him, I'm sure they had his address.

agubum
agubum

this is one guy i would never want to be alone in the shower with!

MickPatrick
MickPatrick

Yes, he looks ridiculous. It's worth bearing in mind, however, that he's in the entertainment industry and that, as an athlete, he has a short shelf life. With all the publicity he's generated, he's nicely set himself up for future gigs.

pvraymo
pvraymo

The more I think about it and look at that picture, the more I'm convinced this is really Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys with a fake Osama Bin Laden beard.   At least that would explain why he's such a knob

bambam824
bambam824

Giants trying to muffle the Dodger's good vibrations, and withholding his Bling sounds like a case of October sour grapes from the 'Cisco side.

LuisDaniel
LuisDaniel

Didn't know Zangief played baseball

FestusDillon
FestusDillon

Lose the beard you look like a flaming a**hole

RyanBlades
RyanBlades

Nice beard, mental illness on parade.

queenieee
queenieee

I've read quite a few posts that are all anti-Wilson.  In all honesty, I don't know what happened between him and the front office and I hate to see him become a Dodger, but to everyone ripping on him for his beard, how many of you were the same fans yelling "Fear the Beard" in 2010?

Dana2
Dana2

wilson really looks like a clown with that beard.

Just sayin' ...

UBERTAXTHERICH
UBERTAXTHERICH

Brian Wilson the classless loser. Roid up again and maybe you'll be half the pitcher you once were.

kj4027
kj4027

Yeah, we're all going to take the side of some guy that looks like he belongs on Duck Dynasty.

JoeGunter
JoeGunter

"...between he and Baer."

HIM.  Between Baer and HIM.  Good Lord, basic grammar has gone to hell.  Would you also write, "He did it for Baer and he?"  

I'm just dumbfounded by how bad these writers are.  Professionals.  Oh, sure.


nortran11
nortran11

Or maybe....he had the ring the whole time but lost it in his beard.....

Aloha!
Aloha!

Hey Staci Slaughter , have you ever heard of Fedex or UPS.

eeodjo@aol.com
eeodjo@aol.com

I don't think the Giants organization owes Brian Wilson anything. I think Wilson was a homegrown player, who was particularly pick to be a closer for the Giants. All those years Wilson served the Giants were handsomely rewarded with millions-by the-zillion dollars as the closer for the team. How he started to get an ugly attitude towards anything, raising a bushy beard to intimidate anyone is beyond comprehension. How can he be treated as a man, when he acts like an animal??? The Dodger organization will soon find out!

JerryO'dell
JerryO'dell

It has nothing to do with a Ring!  


It has all to do with him feeling jobbed by the Giants Front Office; and why he ended up on the Dodgers instead of remaining with the Giants.  

Alan20
Alan20

Sounds weak that the Giants couldn't find the time to give Wilson his W.S. ring but regardless I wish he would get rid of that aberration of a beard! IT LOOKS SO STUPID

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

Was the Giants CEO trying to keep to ring for himself or give if to the Russian President as a gift,, Wilson shouldnt have confronted the CEO if the CEO give Wilson the ring when the rest of the team got them or at least mail it...............

DavidHarte
DavidHarte

It's not Wilson's fault--he gave his right arm to that team, and Sabean played games throughout the rehab, constantly blathering about "due diligence."  What a fraud.

Brian Wilson was the heart of the  2010 championship, the closest thing to a warrior you'll see in baseball.  And now that he's again throwing 95 mph heat--think the Giants could use him?

Larry Baer is simply the worst example of a power broker in this game: a moneyman pretending that his wallet isn't simply the point.  But of course those of us that have watched him for years now, always promoted as his former boss leaves with a knife in his back, are unconvinced.  Tim Lincecum will be the next test of his professional and the will to compete.

Still, no doubt our man Sabean is hard at work on his "due diligence" about Lincecum.  And some faceless hack is about to be promoted from Fresno, or lower in the ranks, to "challenge" the Dodgers in 2014.    So will the Giants new dynamic pricing for seats at AT&T reflect this reality when the team is 10 games behind L.A. in mid-June?   I suspect Brian Wilson would have a wonderful opinion about that inevitability.

We miss you, pal.

RD
RD

Yeah, that Wilson is one class act, isn't he?

MikeKing
MikeKing

Let me see if I get this straight.  He was in SF playing SF for 3 days and you could not figure out a time to give him his ring until he ran down the CEO in the dug out after the 3rd and final game?  How about this, 2 weeks earlier you reach out to LA management and tell them you would like to have a quick pre game ceremony during one of the 3 games while they are in town and present him his ring and let him get an ovation from his former fans?   Is that to much to ask?   FYI I hate both teams, so don't have a horse in this race.  

Fladabosco
Fladabosco

@queenieee HE'S A DODGER.

Better a sister in the cathouse than a brother wearing blue...

ITATTRACTS
ITATTRACTS

@queenieee exactly. everyone was all over his jock, cheering him on and now that things have fallen off for him, everyone is acting like they are better than the guy. it's a beard, the same way half of these idiots "tribal" tattoos are for "personal expression". 

pandah462
pandah462

@Dana2 Lucky for him nobody cares what a nobody like you thinks.

PAZSKY
PAZSKY

@UBERTAXTHERICH Why all the hate? This guy signed a baseball for my young son at a Diamondbacks game during batting practice- came right over to the right field wall and started signing, being very cordial. And where do you get that he was on roids? I swear most of you people in here are even worse than the players you hate...

silverpen00
silverpen00

@Aloha! He didn't want it couriered. He wanted his own little ceremony on the field, but he didn't tell the Giants brass until he got to SF. He wanted the world to revolve around him, as usual. I thought it was amusing when he was in SF. I was even supportive of his decision to go to the Dodgers. But this stunt was just lame and, unfortunately, characteristically narcissistic.

PAZSKY
PAZSKY

@eeodjo@aol.com Most old school closers- Hall of Famers Goose Gossage, Rollie Fingers and Al "The Mad Hungarian" Hrabosky all did the SAME thing- its a tradition for closers..wake up and learn some history.

pandah462
pandah462

@Alan20 Big surprise...someone with the name of Alan doesn't like something different.

Ebullient
Ebullient

@Alan20  I know.  We all really need to look as similar as possible. 

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@DavidHarte  

Wow.  You're the fan of a team who's won 2 World Series in 3 years -- you seem remarkably bitter.

h8theloonyleft
h8theloonyleft

The Phillies do it the right way. Right before a game started, Charlie Manuel met Matt Stairs at home plate and presented him his WS ring from the prior year.

giantsfangram
giantsfangram

@MikeKing  

Giants invited Wilson to the game last April when all the players received their rings. He was not signed with any team at that time, so what kept him from attending? He did not respond to repeated offers of that invitation. Giants gave rings to Nate Schierholtz and Melky Cabrera in private ceremonies when Giants played their new teams and proposed the same to Wilson. He did not respond to that invitation either. Reportedly, he wanted an on-field ceremony just for him. Yes, he gave his arm to the 2010 championship. Giants paid him millions in 2012 for two games and a year of Tommy John surgery #2 and rehab. That they did not pick up his $6+ million option for 2013 and offered him less is at the root of Brian's unhappiness. Wilson got a warm, supportive ovation from Giants fans in the first game of the last series with the Dodgers. His losing his temper so publicly and while his former teammates were still on the field celebrating a hard-fought win against his new teammates was both disappointing and sad for all of us Giants fans who cheered for him even in years when the team did not go on to the World Series.

Lou3
Lou3

@MikeKing Could not have said it better. Say hi to your sister in the avatar for me!

kcmoo
kcmoo

@MikeKing the fact is...The Giants offered to have a small off field presentation to give Wilson his ring on Tuesday. He denied the offer and wanted to have a event on the field following Last nights game. The Giants didn't respond, thus Wilsons "rush to judgement". The Giant organization had made several attempts to get the ring to Wilson during the season, all rebuked by Wilson.

PAZSKY
PAZSKY

@eeodjo@aol.com Just a note, Al Hrabosky is NOT in the Hall of Fame...because I know the 10 year olds in here will come back and point that out, just like they usually do with grammar mistakes..

kcmoo
kcmoo

@MikeKing One more thing. Wilson is a nut case. LA is a perfect place for him to self destruct.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@ITATTRACTS @MidwestGolfFan @DavidHarte 

2 WS in 3 years is wonderful.  It would be great (for Giants fans) to have more in the near future, but...the vitriol amazes me.

Sometimes, you need to stop and smell the roses, here and now.