Wilson engages in heated discussion with Larry Baer
After Thursday night's game, Brian Wilson crossed the field and had a heated discussion with Larry Baer. (COMCAST SPORTSNET)
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SAN FRANCISCO – It might have been Tim Lincecum’s final game as a Giant on Thursday, but the winning handshake line might be remembered for someone and something else.
Brian Wilson, wearing Dodger blue, took the extraordinary step of walking across the field after the Giants’ 3-2 victory, leaning over the railing and shouting at Giants CEO Larry Baer.
“Just a conversation between me and him,” said Wilson, when I asked him what that was all about.
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But as we told you first on CSNBayArea.com, Wilson was steamed that he still hasn’t received his 2012 World Series ring, and he was letting Baer know he wasn’t happy about it.
As for the Giants? They can't believe this is happening. Club vice president Staci Slaughter said Wilson's ring was made in time for the ring ceremony in April, but he declined an invitation. Slaughter said several members of the organization, including Baer, manager Bruce Bochy and VP Bobby Evans, have tried over the last seven months to arrange a meeting with Wilson but their calls weren't returned.
The Giants finally gave the ring to a Dodgers official on Thursday and asked that it be passed along to Wilson.
"It's disappointing. It's unfortunate. It's bizarre, really," Slaughter said. "This organization really has tried to do the right thing and I don't know where this is coming from. It wasn't for a lack of effort on our part. Larry, Bobby, Bochy -- everybody has made an effort to reach out to him."
Wilson became a free agent last winter when the Giants declined to tender him a contract in his final year of arbitration that would've guaranteed him no less than $6.8 million. That was deemed unwise for a pitcher who was coming off his second Tommy John surgery and not expected to be ready for the start of the season. Wilson was put much longer than that, as it turned out. He made his debut Aug. 22 after signing with the Dodgers.
Wilson only appeared in two games for the 2012 World Series champions before reinjuring his right elbow and having Tommy John surgery. Traditionally, though, all players who spend any time on the roster in a championship season receive some version of the ring. Back in 2010, Fred Lewis got one even though he began the year on the disabled list was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays and never appeared in a game for the Giants.
Wilson, who signed with the Dodgers after holding an open tryout for teams, has a 0.73 ERA in 16 games. He has held his former club hitless in three appearances spanning 2 2/3 innings.
Wilson wouldn't elaborate on his meeting with Baer, but confirmed that it wasn't about any security issue with fans who appeared to heckle him as he warmed up Thursday night.
Slaughter said Wilson was the only player who appeared for the 2012 club who hadn't yet received his ring. He's got it now, for whatever it's worth.
"Every other player, we managed to deliver their ring in a respectful way," Slaughter said.