Former Giants closer Brian Wilson vents on his way off the field
The bearded reliever, now a Los Angeles Dodger, confronted Giants team president Larry Baer near the stands after the final out of Thursday night's game in San Francisco. The topic? Reportedly, Wilson's 2012 World Series ring. Maybe it was more than that.
- There was also speculation that Wilson might have been upset about security near the Dodgers bullpen -- Wilson was booed heavily during the series (his first at AT&T Park with the hated rivals -- or even about the way his colorful and highly successful stint with the Giants ended.
- When asked about the incident Thursday night, Wilson told CSNBayArea's Andrew Baggarly, "Just a conversation between me and him."
- Wilson elaborated a bit on Friday, telling the Los Angeles Times, "I got my ring. It's of no one's concern. It was handled.
"I'm not asking America to understand. I don't play games. I handled the situation. It's over with. It's squashed."
Baer told KNBR, the Giants' flagship radio station, that Wilson, "didn’t want anything other than to take the ring on the bus with him."
- Here's what the Giants said Thursday night
Giants spokeswoman Staci Slaughter told reporters: "We have been for seven months trying to give him his World Series ring, and tried these past three days. 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."
- Below, Giants players are caught on camera watching the bizarre exchange unfold
- Here are some media reports of the incident
- Below is a shot of Baer, right, and Wilson during when the 2010 World Series rings were handed out at the start of the following season
- It didn't take long for Giants fans to start talking about the incident involving their former star
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