Do you guys remember Brian Wilson? Of course you do. How can you forget a guy who did stuff like this?
The guy who had wicked stuff and stared down the red hot Rangers in the 2010 World Series has been off our radar for a few years due to injuries and people thinking he’s a giant douche, but he’s back. Sorta.
Full disclosure – I hate the Giants, but I have always had a soft spot for Brian Wilson. Do I hate that beard? Hell yes, I do, it’s nasty. Do I think he’s an asshole? Well, yeah, kinda. Do I think he’s fascinating? Of course I do. I kinda have a thing for jerks, so that fits. Also, when he’s clean shaven he’s gorgeous, so there’s that. (Side note, has there ever been a guy who is THAT different with a beard? He’s a sex bomb clean shaven and a Human Ipecac with the facial hair.)
Anyway, Wilson has been out of the League since 2014, when he pitched for the Dodgers. But he’s attempting a comeback, and… well, see for yourself.
Yahoo’s Tim Brown caught up with the Freaky Bearded (Beardless?) One and found out that the nearly 35 year old is still kind of a jerk, but is practicing his knuckleballs. He’s coming in right on time, too; R.A. Dickey is getting too old, and Wright from the Red Sox has reignited his career with a knuckler. Wilson, who clearly still loves the game, could be an interesting addition to any team’s rotation if he is able to learn and perfect this most avant garde of pitches.
Which would be perfect for such an avant garde type of dude.