Friday, July 1, 2011

Giants closer Brian Wilson throws tantrum

By Matt Harding
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If you happened to be watching the Tigers play this evening against the San Francisco Giants, you saw Brian Wilson get knocked around by Tigers hitting. He only got two outs, one in the eighth and one in the ninth. He blew a save opportunity in the eighth inning on a base hit by Magglio Ordonez, and, in total, gave up four hits, two earned runs, and one walk.

When manager Bruce Bochy pulled him for Jeremy Affeldt, he proceeded to go to the dugout and act like a child, throwing a tantrum. Wilson threw a Gatorade cooler at the bench and then threw a bat, which he would soon pick up, running across the dugout to show us all his best Happy Gilmore swing. He finished up by punching what appeared to be a plastic gum and seeds container.

When does Major League Baseball step in and clean up inexcusable acts such as this one? They won't. Sure, they (or the club) may fine him. However, the number will be like pocket change to a big leaguer. I don't care how big of a superstar you are or how many saves you have, on my team, wouldn't be on my team.

Oh, by the way, the Tigers lost on a line drive double play off the bat of Brennan Boesch.