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Giants Win Again And…Oh Fuck, Wilson’s Elbow

April 14, 2012

I took a few days off from blogging and came back with plenty to write about: Posey’s ongoing Job-esque battle with the universe, in which a bout of shingles is the reward for a shattered ankle; the ongoing saga of Brandon Belt, benchwarmer; Zito’s ongoing impression of a solid starting pitcher; the Pirates ongoing haplessness and how it helped turn the Giants into a .500 team.

All that, however, is obviously overshadowed by the news that Brian Wilson is likely going under the knife and down for the season. Man.

There are two ways to look at this. The first is purely clinical: Even at his best, the difference between Wilson and someone else (or a combination of someone elses) was maybe two, three wins tops. With a bullpen as deep as ours and a flamethrowing closer-in-training marinating in Fresno, the difference is probably almost zero. Add the fact that Wilson was looking wonky before the MRI heard round the Bay and it’s possible the Giants will be slightly better without him, though that may be pushing it. Point is, if they miss the playoffs it won’t be because of a lack of Wilson. At least not on the field.

Which brings us to the second way to look at this: If Wilson isn’t the emotional leader of this team, I don’t know who is. It’s more than the facial hair; his combination of hipster silliness and laid-back swagger defined the 2010 team and continued to endow the Giants with a certain je ne sais beard even during the darkest days of 2011. Yeah his saves were often torture squared but Wilson was always, well, Wilson. Our guy. The scruffy, shoe-polish-coated glue that held the whole wacky ship together. Say what you will about closers being overrated; Wilson’s presence had a positive impact and he’ll be missed. How much? Time will tell.

Mostly, though, it’s sad to see a genuine competitor (cliched phrase for most, perfect description here) betrayed by his own body. I guarantee no one is angrier or more frustrated about all this than Brian. Get well soon, dude. The ninth inning won’t be the same without you.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. bainer permalink
    April 15, 2012 11:22 am

    Damn, looks pretty grim for Wilson, 30 year old power pitcher undergoing his second Tommy John. I guess there is always the chance that after he recovers he could do this:

  2. San FranFITZco permalink
    April 16, 2012 2:23 pm

    So who gets the nod as closer long term you think? Romo?

    • April 17, 2012 8:11 am

      Casilla got the call last year, and has looked good thus far. My money’s on him, though I wouldn’t be surprised is Bochy plays the matchups for a while and uses Lopez or Affeldt against lefties in the ninth.

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