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.


  1. His behavior wasn't necessary.

  2. Are you serious??? No one in MLB is more intense than baseball's top closer, Brian Wilson, and he is his own worst critic when it comes to performing poorly and letting his teammates down. He was really pissed at himself for his last Cubs performance (a loss) and for nearly losing to the Tigers in their first game of the series. If you understood Brian Wilson, you would know that he is the ultimate team player and it was inexcusable (to himself) that Bumgarner's brilliant performance was overshadowed by Wilsons poor control of the strike zone that game.

    Dugouts do not have hanging punching bags for players to occasionally release their frustrations. At least he was not whining about an umpire or someone else. Baseball has a long history of video recorded tantrums for one reason or another - it's part of the game - not something to be nannied by MLB. Events like these add color to games.

    If you want to have a real conversation about MLB cleaning up "inexcusable acts", let's talk about players drinking and driving and getting multiple DUI's . . . putting other peoples lives at risk. Guess who?


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