By: Ellen Ward
Who: Brian Wilson nicknamed “B-Weezy”, friend/neighbor of “The Machine“.
When He Was a Grizzly: Wilson pitched on the Grizzlies for three years, where he made 64 closing appearances.
? Had a total of 80 strikeouts in 73.2 innings pitched.
? Logged an ERA of 2.10 in 2007 in 31 games.
? Tallied 18 total saves with the Grizzlies.
? Allowed only two home runs in 73.2 innings pitched over three seasons.
Where He Went From Here: In 2006, Wilson made his Major League debut with the Giants on April 23rd, when he threw 2.0 scoreless innings against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
Where He is Now: 2010 marked Wilson’s fourth year in the majors. His fearless ball-throwing skills helped carry the Giants to their first World Series Championship since the franchise moved to San Francisco in ’58. Also, Wilson is the keeper of the 2010 World Series game-winning baseball, which he stores in a Halloween candy jar in his kitchen. He is the face of the “Fear the Beard” slogan and is known for his bright orange cleats, that he began sporting after the All-Star game in 2010.
? In 2008, Brian became one of three pitchers in Giants history to have 40 saves in a single season.
? Made the National League All-Star team for first time in 2008, then again in 2010.
? Between May 2nd and August 20th 2008, Wilson had 24 consecutive saves.
? Finished off the 2010 season with 93 strikeouts in 74.7 innings pitched and led the NL with 48 saves.
(Photo Credit: Don Davis)