Former San Francisco Giant Brian Wilson finally got his 2012 World Series ring, but not until after the relief pitcher, now a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, publicly confronted his former boss after Thursday's game between the two teams.
According to Comcast Sports Net
, Wilson made a beeline from the Dodgers bullpen to where Giants CEO Larry Baer was sitting near the San Francisco dugout at AT&T Park immediately after the last pitch of the Giants 3-2 win.
Wilson was animated and appeared to be shouting at Baer as he leaned across the railing before storming off to the Dodgers' dugout. Giants officials told Comcast Sports Net that after the game, the ring was given to a Dodgers official to be passed along to Wilson.
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"It's disappointing. It's unfortunate. It's bizarre, really," San Francisco vice president Staci Slaughter told Comcast Sports Net. "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."
When asked about his faceoff with Baer, Wilson said it was "Just a conversation between me and him."
The San Francisco Chronicle reported
that the Giants have had "mini-ceremonies" with former players of their 2012 World Championship rings when the opportunities arise, such as it did when in Toronto when manager Bruce Bochy gave Melky Cabrera his ring in a private ceremony.
The Giants claimed that Wilson had previously rebuffed such attempts, according to the Chronicle. Slaughter told the Chronicle that officials decided to simply hand over the ring to the Dodgers after Thursday's outburst.
Wilson spent most of last season in rehab after having Tommy John surgery to repair an ulnar collateral ligament while still with the Giants, according to the Chronicle.
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Wilson, 31, had not pitched until the Dodgers plucked him off the waiver wire this July as it made its stretch run, reported the Los Angeles Times
. In return, Wilson has rewarded the Dodgers for their gamble, with a 0.73 ERA over 16 games in relief, striking out 13 against three walks, according to ESPN.com
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