The Giants took three of four from the Dodgers a few weeks ago and delayed the eventual NL West celebration. However, with former Giants closer Brian Wilson making his return to AT&T Park, fireworks are sure to go off.
Talking to Austin Laymance of Dodgers.com, manager Don Mattingly talked about what he expects the crowd’s reaction will be:
I’m sure with any personality that goes to a rival, it’s not going to be a warm and fuzzy reaction. I don’t understand that, though. They could have signed him. They let him go. It’s not like he decided to leave. It’ll probably be half and half. A lot of people appreciated what he was able to accomplish, and there will be a mix of traitor talk.
Wilson got his first chance against his former team on September 12 and picked up a win in the Dodgers 4-3 extra innings victory.
Prior to the first matchup, Wilson declined to speak to reporters about his time with the Giants and made it clear that he was over his time with this former team when he signed with the Dodgers. With the Dodgers, Wilson is 2-1 with a 0.79 ERA in 15 games as he’s slowly becoming a reliable arm in the bullpen.
It’ll be interesting to see what type of reaction Wilson will get when he comes into the game as he was such a beloved figure in the Giants clubhouse and San Francisco community.
In case you missed it, here’s the Dodgers pool celebration, PLUS Yasiel Puig’s celebration dance off!