It seems like a long, long time ago, but at one time, Giants All-Star reliever Brian Wilson wore Dodgers blue. The three-time All-Star spent his last two major league seasons in LA in an attempt to extend his career.
However, Wilson’s roots lie with the arch rival Giants. It’s the team where he had all of his major league success and if this weekend is any indication, he’s holding true to his San Francisco roots.
Wilson made the trip to Oracle Park to take part in Buster Posey’s retirement celebration prior the the Cardinals game. After Posey’s kids threw ceremonial first pitches to the retired Giants catcher, an almost unrecognizable Wilson jokingly took the mound to throw a ghost pitch to Posey.
Wilson and then jogged over to Posey halfway between the mound and the plate to embrace his longtime former catcher. The onetime closer looks completely different than his playing days. He’s shed his infamous jet black beard for a clean shaven look and now features hair that would even make the members of Pearl Jam blush.
The Dodgers signed Wilson as a free agent in July of 2013. In 18 appearances that season, Wilson compiled a 0.66 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP. He pitched in six postseason games for the Dodgers and yielded just five hits in six innings pitched.
The next year, Wilson struggled with his control (5.4 BB/9) and was released that winter.
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