Brian Patrick Wilson (born March 16, 1982 in Londonderry, New Hampshire) is a closer for the SF Giants. He was drafted by the Giants in 2003 and made his major league debut in 2006. On Nov. 1, 2010, Wilson closed out game 5, beating the Texas Rangers to win the World Series.
His Giants number is 38.
Brian Wilson was drafted by the Giants in the 24th round of the 2003 draft. Wilson started off as a starter, but transitioned into a reliever and was called up to the majors in 2006. Wilson was part of the 2008 All-Star game and in 2009 he became well-known nationally with frequent television appearances and his show Life of Brian.
Leading up to the 2010 World Series, Wilson started to grow a very dark beard, and many of his teammates followed, growing beards of their own. 'Fear the Beard' became a fan slogan. Wilson had the most major leagues saves in the 2010 season and tied Rod Beck for the Giants' single season saves record of 48.
Wilson has a national fan following, based in large part to his eccentric personality. Wilson has multiple tattoos, frequently sports a mohawk and is thought to dye his beard black, which he has eluded to but has not confirmed.
He created controversy by crossing his arms and pointing skyward after each game save and close, which some teams regarded as a derogatory gesture. However, Wilson explains this as a nod to his late father, who died of cancer when he was 17.
Wilson's antics have been captured on camera, with possibly the most well-known being his introduction of 'The Machine' during a "Cheap Seats" interview with Chris Rose in which he pulls an action figure representing 'The Machine' out of his pocket. In a subsequent interview with Jim Rome he discussed his ease of completing New York Times crossword puzzles, refers to himself as a 'mental assassin' and a 'certified ninja' and talks about blacking out the orange on his cleats with a sharpie because the league ruled that the orange was distracting.