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Brian Wilson (Baseball)

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    March 21, 2014

    Baseball 2014: Jeter, A-Rod, Oprah, and a Giants-Dodgers Dogfight

    This is just too easy. Can of corn. It's like, some of this stuff, I can just pluck right out of last year's column. As baseball season kicks off tonight, here are my predictions for 2014:

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    January 29, 2014
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    July 30, 2013

    Brian Wilson: A Requiem

    Finding wisdom in a Tom Cruise film about men specializing in the art of synchronized drink-pouring is a bit like spotting a $20 bill underneath a dumpster. But, lo, there it is: "Everything ends badly, otherwise it wouldn't end."So, the relationship between the San Francisco Giants and eccentric re ... More >>

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    October 24, 2012

    10 Ways to Prove You Are a Real Giants Fan

    Mayor Ed Lee has officially declared it San Francisco Giants Pride Week, which means starting today he wants this city to be all orange and black all the time -- or at least until the end of the World Series. The mayor doled out a few ideas for Giants fans to show they're excited to kick Detroit's a ... More >>

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    July 25, 2012

    Watch Brian Wilson's Uncaged With Sasquatch

    Although injured, Giants' pitcher Brian Wilson loves putting on a good show for his fans. And though we're inclined to grit our teeth at athletes-turned-actors, we just can't get enough of Wilson, especially since he's brought his beastly mate Sasquatch on board.Two weeks after taking Sasquatch ... More >>

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    June 4, 2012

    SF Giants Stitch Bomber Gets Crafty in Bernal Heights

    We already know where the city's most loyal Giants fans live: Bernal Heights. Remember last year when neighbors over there started the new home-improvement trend, commissioning local street artist Get Up to stencil life-size drawings of Giants relief pitcher Brian Wilson on their garages, ... More >>

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    April 11, 2012

    Emily Luchetti Hawks Giants-Themed Cookies on Opening Day

    The terms "baseball" and "baked goods" don't normally go together -- unless you're talking about Dock Ellis, the former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher who managed to toss a no-hitter while high on acid. Well, San Francisco does take on Pittsburgh in Friday's home-opener. Ellis retired more than 30 years ... More >>

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    March 29, 2012

    Brian Wilson's Beard to Fly Through Bay Area Skies -- Literally

    ​If the airlines are deficient at anything, it's making the skies friendlier -- or friendly at all. But in its never-ending quest to be cute, Virgin America Airlines has made another attempt to show us just how much personality the Silicon Valley-based company has.   SFist snapped  this ... More >>

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    March 29, 2012

    Giants' New Aircraft, Sandbox, and Beer Kiosk Won't Replace Matt Cain

    ​Giants fans are getting the Opening Day jitters, as they prepare to watch their favorite World Series team take on the Pittsburgh Pirates in San Francisco on April 13. And this year, fans have more than the return of a healthy Buster Posey to look forward to.

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    February 24, 2012

    Giants High Heels -- a Shoe Even Brian Wilson Wouldn't Wear

    ​You can glean a lot about the sartorial decline of Western civilization by going to a ballgame. In the days of yore, men -- and they were all men -- dressed formally when heading out to watch men hit balls with sticks. When members of the Greatest Generation, trapped in a frozen foxhole in Bastog ... More >>

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    October 25, 2011

    MC Hammer, Brian Wilson, Other Non-San Francisco Voters Shill for Ed Lee

    By now you may already be recovering from watching the Ed Lee music video featuring MC Hammer, Brian Wilson, Ashkon, Willie Brown and others. The video was funded in large part by Hammer's good pal and right-wing piñata du jour Ron Conway, as well as Sean Parker (who you may recall having paranoid ... More >>

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    October 12, 2011
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    September 21, 2011

    Brian Wilson Won't Stop Tagging Bernal Heights Homes

    Courtesy of the badass bernalwood.wordpress.com​It takes a real fan to support their team through a losing streak -- but it takes an even bigger fan to decorate the outside of the home with sketches of said losing team. It appears, despite the Giants sad season, Bernal Heights residents are still ... More >>

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    August 18, 2011

    The Franchise Episode Six Recap: Searching for Answers

    SD Dirk/Flickr​In conception, The Franchise is not a very complicated show -- it tells human interests stories in the context of the Giants season with a healthy dose of insider access. It's built for a large audience, and as such is at its best when it's largely positive. The Giants need to be go ... More >>

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    August 4, 2011

    The Franchise Recap Episode 4: Carlos Beltran Is a Giant

    Tedkerwin via flickr​Last week, I said that The Franchise had finally found the right balance between broader storylines and behind-the-scenes intrigue. It turns out that I was in the minority: many non-San Francisco reviewers, including Claire Zulkey of the AV Club, thought it was an episode tha ... More >>

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    July 27, 2011

    Does Brian Wilson Like Gavin Newsom?

    We know Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom is a huge fan of Giants closer Brian Wilson. But is Wilson a fan of Newsom?Who knows, and this photo of the two at the White House yesterday doesn't reveal much about how Wilson views the former San Francisco mayor.​

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    July 21, 2011

    The Franchise Episode 2 Recap: Hey Now, You're an All-Star

    ​I've written before that "The Franchise" is not really a show for Giants fans. In theory, it's a way for Major League Baseball to introduce some of the game's personalities to a broader audience at a time when they're finding it difficult to market most of their players. In its basic conception, ... More >>

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    July 18, 2011

    San Francisco Giants to Visit White House, Maybe Resolve Budget Talks

    Just what Washington needs​It's probably a good thing for all involved that the San Francisco Giants will be paying a visit to President Barack Obama next Monday. The Giants deserve their hard-earned recognition as World Series champs, and Washington needs a dose of good sense as negotiations grin ... More >>

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    July 14, 2011

    The Franchise Episode 1: Promising Rookie Looks a Little Raw

    UCinternationa​When Showtime aired a preview for The Franchise in April, the Giants were only two weeks into the MLB season and still riding high in defense of their World Series title. Back then, the show looked like a window into the lives of baseball players, rather than a rough-and-tumble vie ... More >>

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    July 14, 2011

    Five Reasons San Franciscans Have No Style

    San Franciscans might be total sluts, but we definitely do not attract our partners based on the way we dress. According to GQ magazine, San Francisco ranked No. 20 on the list of the worst-dressed cities in America. It seems like a head scratcher to us, considering we are No. 1 in so many other way ... More >>

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    July 12, 2011

    Brian Wilson's New Cleats Are Even More Awesome Than His Orange Spikes

    Fashion faux-pas​Now that we think about it, it was about this time last year that Giants closer Brian Wilson started growing his now ubiquitous black beard. He had told his fellow teammates that he'd shave it when they lost -- and well, that day never came.So now, a year later, Wilson talks about ... More >>

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    June 9, 2011

    Giants Ask You to Lend a Hand By Donating a Glove

    The children's future is in your hands​There has been a little too much beating up in baseball this season. So we suggest letting kindness take over for a change. At this Saturday's Giants game against the Cincinnati Reds, you can lend a hand by donating a glove. The Giants Community Fund, the tea ... More >>

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    April 14, 2011

    The Franchise Recap: The Boys Are Back

    AuntJuli/Flickr​Last night, Showtime aired the first installment of The Franchise: A Season with the San Francisco Giants, a look inside the lives and clubhouse of our defending World Series champions. The 30-minute premiere acted as preview for the series, which doesn't technically start until Ju ... More >>

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    March 28, 2011

    Brian Wilson Probably Not Playing Opening Day

    No relief just yet ​Giants superstar Brian Wilson still hasn't recovered from his muscle strain, which means it's unlikely he will be on the field for opening day this Friday. Media outlets are reporting that the eccentric relief pitcher will have to throw a bullpen session in Arizona on Tuesday b ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011

    Giants World Series Win Worth Millions

    Worth every penny​Even carrying Barry Zito's enormous (and useless) contract, the San Francisco Giants still had a massive upswing in valuation this year.Yes, we can't get enough of the Giants -- including every Brian Wilson performance on and off the field. And while we are still basking in the W ... More >>

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    March 23, 2011

    Giants Reality TV Show, 'The Franchise,' Coming to Showtime

    In its brief existence as a genre, reality television has jumped the shark so many times, and in so many different ways, that they're scarcely worth mentioning. (Okay, okay: Our personal favorite was "The Littlest Groom," which aired only twice before Fox pulled the plug.) But if ever there was a gr ... More >>

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    March 23, 2011
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    March 18, 2011

    Charlie Sheen's S.F. 'Torpedo of Truth' Show: Top 5 Things Most Likely to Happen

    ​If you're anything like us, Dear Reader, you've been following the messianic rumblings of The Odyssey That Is Charlie Sheen with some interest. Who better than this self-described "High Priest Vatican Assassin Warlock" to lead the ranks of us feeble, workaday souls against the army of fools and t ... More >>

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    February 25, 2011

    Charlie Sheen Praises Brian Wilson in Unhinged Radio Rant

    'Vatican assasin warlock' Charlie Sheen​We wrote earlier this week about a totally awesome play date that took place at bad-boy actor Charlie Sheen's house with San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson and some other baseball greats.Well, some more information on the bromance between these two cel ... More >>

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    February 21, 2011

    Brian Wilson Goes over to Charlie Sheen's House to Play

    ​In the latest of his series of Herculean feats of increasing awesomeness, beloved San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson took himself and his beard on a play date at the Los Angeles digs of actor Charlie Sheen, according to TMZ.Sheen reportedly flew in Wilson from spring training in Arizona on ... More >>

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    January 19, 2011

    Brian Wilson Challenged to Brawl by Local Idiot

    Brian Wilson knows what's best in life: To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women​The ascendancy of the San Francisco Giants has created an unexpected quandary. How much Brian Wilson is too much Brian Wilson? For one local dim bulb, that question ... More >>

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    December 29, 2010
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    December 15, 2010

    Giants To Be Honored -- By Congress?

    Sadly, the Congressional bill congratulating the Giants does not make mention of 'The Machine'​Congressional Bill: "Whereas the rest of the country learned to 'fear the beard'" Rep. Nancy Pelosi -- you've heard of her -- yesterday introduced a Congressional bill "Congratulating the San Francisco G ... More >>

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    December 3, 2010

    Giants World Series DVDs -- Guess Who Wins?

    A happy ending all right...​With a hot dog and Coors-festooned launch party at AT&T Park last night, the World Champion San Francisco Giants officially screened their two 2010 season DVDs. And, like Titanic, you knew how they were gonna end. Regarding Titanic, incidentally, all of the men frog ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010

    Pat Burrell -- The Machine? -- Back in Giants' Fold

    Straight out of left field...​We're making an honest effort to not write a story every time the World Champion San Francisco Giants rejigger their lineup with a player transaction. You probably won't see the words "arbitration" or "Mike Fontenot" here for a while. But the resigning of Pat "The Bat ... More >>

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    November 8, 2010

    Machine for Mayor -- Why Not? Here's Why Not.

    'This city needs discipline,' reads the shirt​We've had great fun with Giants closer Brian Wilson's obsession with "The Machine" -- and the gimp mask-outfitted imaginary killer's odd entrance into San Francisco politics.  It seems, however, there is someone having more fun with us. His name i ... More >>

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    November 5, 2010

    Brian Wilson, Machine, Grace 'Tonight Show'

    Amazingly, the San Francisco Giants' world championship has led to this moment being broadcast on national TV​All of America is now being treated to an only-in-San Francisco phenomenon: The random Brian Wilson sighting. The photogenic and quote-worthy baseball star -- who, let's not forget, is als ... More >>

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    November 5, 2010

    A Wiener Grows in the Castro

    The election was depressing. Watching Buster Posey on TV is not.​The Week In GayA heartfelt apology to Betty Smith, author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. But who can resist cracking wise about the name of the presumptive winner in race to represent District 8? You've gotta recognize the magnitude of ... More >>

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    November 5, 2010

    Only in SF: World Champion Giants Flaunt Crossdressing, BDSM Prowess

    ​This year's World Series-winning San Francisco Giants baseball team was, as manager Bruce Bochy memorably put it, a band of "cast-offs and misfits." A motley crew of otherwise unremarkable clutch batters complementing an extraordinary pitching staff, the Giants were never expected to be the world ... More >>

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    November 4, 2010

    How Brian Wilson -- or 'The Machine' -- Can Become Mayor of San Francisco

    Our next mayor(s)?​One of the more surreal moments during Wednesday's San Francisco Giants victory rally was Mayor Gavin Newsom suggesting bullpen ace Brian Wilson be appointed the next mayor of the city. Wilson politely declined the overture, but said he may know someone who'd like to rule our fa ... More >>

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    November 4, 2010

    'Where's The Machine?' Guardian Has No Idea.

    That's not Timmy...​Here's the funny thing about covering athletics or athletic events: If you make even the slightest mistake, you will be exposed as a sporting moron. Over at the Guardian, we don't question Tim Redmond's Giants fan credentials -- but it seems it didn't rub off on Steven T. Jones ... More >>

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    November 3, 2010

    Giants Parade: an Orange Revolution

    Gil Riego, Jr.A panoramic view of Giants fans filling Civic Center. Click to enlarge.​In a surprise perhaps only to the the national media, a cloud of white smoke wafted out over the sea of orange-clad Giants fans at Civic Center Plaza. It smelled like ... victory. Today was a day many a Giant ... More >>

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    October 27, 2010

    World Series: Yelpers Ponder Which Giant to Sex Up

    Your Game 1 starter, Mr. Popular...​Other than enabling horrible people to act like rock stars and allegedly extorting businesses, it turns out there's a really good use for Yelp: rating the allure of San Francisco Giants ballplayers. The example in question is a most titillating thread titled "Wh ... More >>

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    October 20, 2010

    City Hall Meeting 'Torture' For Giants-Loving Supe

    SeanElsbernd.comThis is a happy baseball fan. Really.​The Board of Supervisors held their least productive meeting in recent history Tuesday, with Supervisor Sean Elsbernd -- the West of Twin Peaks representative known for his fiscal conservatism and no-nonsense manner -- absent from his seat for ... More >>

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    October 8, 2010

    Giants Bandwagon: Even Jews for Jesus are Jumping On

    Brian Wilson, spokesman for Just For Men and ... religious zealots?​Right about now, long-suffering Giants fans and men with bizarre, dyed-black facial hair are suddenly finding themselves with lots of company. Whether you like it or not, wearing traffic cone orange and throwing oneself into the s ... More >>

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    July 29, 2010

    Brian Wilson's Orange Shoes, and Baseball's Worst Fashion Faux-Pas

    Brian -- you shouldn't have! ​Yesterday, San Francisco Giants pitcher Brian Wilson -- a man with about three pounds worth of tattoo ink coursing through his veins and a haircut befitting a Blink-182 roadie -- came under fire from the league office. The objection: Wilson's traffic cone-orange shoes ... More >>

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    July 8, 2010

    Giants Can't Quit Bengie Molina

    ​Bengie Molina, the best Giants catcher fans ever bitched incessantly about, is gone. Really he is. Last month, he was bundled off to Texas for a relief pitcher and a minor-leaguer, bringing about the dawn of the Buster Posey era. But, fittingly for a man who is arguably the slowest in the game, M ... More >>

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    April 2, 2010

    Barry Zito Gets No Love on Caltrain

    Joe EskenaziBarry's Caltrain dis...​Sports fans -- and public rail enthusiasts -- may have heard how larger-than-life images of San Francisco Giants' stars are now gracing Caltrains' gallery cars. It remains to be seen if this will put more derrieres in AT&T Park's seats -- but it's a wonderfu ... More >>

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    March 22, 2010

    It's One for the Record Books: Public House/Mijita to Officially Open April 9

    J. BirdsallThe state of Mijita's tiled main counter last week.​Official opening date for the Public House/Mijita twins in the old Acme Chophouse spot at AT&T Park is April 9, date of the Giants regular season home opener against Atlanta. Does that indicate the project is off track? Not really, ... More >>

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