Division rivalry games often tend to get a little more heated than others, but in this case the rivalry briefly extended beyond the game itself.
Just after the Giants edged out the Dodgers, 3-2, in San Francisco last night, former Giants closer and fearsome beard purveyor Brian Wilson strode across the diamond over to Giants CEO Larry Baer and the two engaged in what looked like a heated discussion. Check out the video of the exchange here, as well as an animated gif of Giants players turning around to see what was going on with their former teammate.
By all accounts, Wilson was reportedly upset about not receiving the 2012 World Series ring he won with the Giants' championship team last year, for which he pitched in two games (he was later sidelined with an elbow injury). The pitcher took his post-game opportunity to confront Baer about it, but Giants officials say they have tried several times to give Wilson his ring and did not receive a response to their calls.
"It's disappointing. It's unfortunate. It's bizarre, really," Giants communications VP Staci Slaughter said. "This organization really has tried to do the right thing and I don't know where this is coming from. It wasn't for a lack of effort on our part. Larry [Baer], [VP] Bobby [Evans], [Giants manager Bruce] Bochy — everybody has made an effort to reach out to him."
But the story doesn't quite end there: Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle covered the incident and passed on some more information through his Twitter account. In one tweet, Schulman notes that the Giants tried on Tuesday of this week to arrange a meeting with Wilson to present the ring, to which Wilson reportedly responded "just put it in my locker."
Fan Steve Chandler, who was standing behind Baer, later sent Schulman a photo of the conversation and said that Wilson had also told Baer to stop using his images in Giants highlight videos, but Baer says it was all about the ring. The CEO wouldn't elaborate on the matter any further, though, telling one reporter that the incident was simply "just a conversation between me and him."
The Dodgers clinched the National League West division title last week and will begin its first playoff series on Oct. 3.