Brian Wilson Doesn’t Care What Anyone Thinks About His Beard … Or His Skin-Tight Tux … Or Anything ElseJuly 18, 2011 – 9:15 am by Eric Schmoldt
As if his beard is not enough, San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson made another eye-opening splash at the ESPYs last week. The always eccentric fellow showed up to the awards show in what I can only describe as a spandex tuxedo that was accented with an orange bow tie. Because I’m not a fashion guru, I will simply let the pictures do the talking.
I’ll ask you what you think of it, but preface that question by making sure you know that whatever you think won’t matter to Wilson. As he states in the following interview, he’s not really interested in what anyone had to say about his tuxedo that night. He also isn’t making a suggestion box when it comes to what he should do with his beard.
Brian Wilson joined XX Sports Radio in San Diego with Darren Smith to discuss the reactions to his ESPYs tuxedo, the increase in Giants fans the last few years, the importance of winning a championship when it comes to the fans, Showtime’s new reality series on the Giants, the inspiration for his ESPYs outfit and why he doesn’t consider his beard a distraction for opposing hitters.
Your reaction to when you made SportsCenter’s Not Top 10 List the other day:
“(sarcastically) It matters. I really care. … I don’t really pay attention to that kind of stuff. You don’t watch television?: “Television I do, SportsCenter, I don’t.”
On the increase in Giants fans during his career:
“My first year, when I was on the team with Bonds, I got a taste of what a huge home crowd was like. Obviously when he left it kind of tapered off and we were kind of just a .500 team. But once we started getting more young talent into the game and more stories the fans could follow, we started playing better baseball and you start seeing the crowds come out and showing a lot of favoritism toward us. And obviously, winning the world championship, that really brought everybody out.”
Can you get a sense for what winning the World Series meant for the fans?:
“When you’re playing baseball, you understand a little bit, but you really don’t understand the full capabilities of winning a championship and what it means for a fan until you actually go out in the streets and talk to a lot of people and hear them genuinely say, ‘Thank you.’ They don’t want an autograph, they don’t want a picture, they just want to say, ‘Thank you. I’ve been waiting my whole life to see this.’ And more times that you hear that, it starts clicking that, wow, this was a lot bigger than winning it. It’s a whole community coming together.”
Showtime’s doing a reality show on the Giants. Did you see the first episode?:
“They gave me a rough edit of it, a rough cut of it. … I thought that they put it together well.”
On the scene that involved you, by yourself, in the back of a taxi in New York, on the way to Ground Zero:
“I certainly was. That was an extraordinary day to be a part of that. … My family was representing the country, representing the flag, going to wars, doing something that’s life-threatening. I go out and just play the game of baseball, which is still just a game. As far as comparing myself to a soldier or anyone with military background, I come in a distant second, I believe.”
What was your inspiration for your ESPYs outfit?:
“Just trying to keep it classy, just like San Diego. … It was online and the information highway has so many great things.” Was it comfortable?: “It certainly was, actually. When I put my game pants on the next day, I thought, ‘These just aren’t tight enough.'” Could you get away with wearing that on gameday under your uniform?: “I think so. The only part that might give it away is I unbutton the top two buttons because I don’t like anything choking my neck when I pitch, so you could probably see the bow tie.”
Do you have your beard to distract opposing hitters?:
“No, not at all. I don’t believe in intimidation factor, because when it comes down to it, it has to do with my talents and strength versus the hitter’s talents and strengths. The last thing I think a hitter’s thinking of, ‘Oh my gosh, this guy has a beard, watch out.’ … I get daily tips, ‘Man, you should trim that up.’ … To be honest with you, I don’t really care. It’s going to grow until I cut it and that’s probably not going to be forever and it’s going to look gross every night and that’s just the way it is.”