SAN FRANCISCO — The San Diego Padres filed into the visiting clubhouse at AT&T Park on Friday afternoon, but many in the Giants organization were still buzzing about a Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher who left in a huff the night before.
Former Giants closer Brian Wilson confronted team president and CEO Larry Baer after Thursday night’s game, angrily demanding his 2012 World Series ring. Baer said he thought Wilson was just “blowing off some steam” at the end of a charged game. The Giants had spent three days trying to get the ring to Wilson, but he was unresponsive.
“We wanted to do it consistent with the way we have given others the ring,” Baer said on KNBR’s “Murph and Mac” Show. “We couldn’t work it out with him, so he came over and basically said, ‘What are we doing with the ring? I need my ring,’ so we got him the ring.”
The ring was delivered to the Dodgers clubhouse after Thursday’s game. Months earlier, the Giants had invited Wilson to the April 7 ring ceremony, but team officials said he did not respond to phone calls and text messages. Manager Bruce Bochy has often held private ceremonies for former players and did so this season with 2012 contributors Nate Schierholtz and Melky Cabrera. Baer said the Giants did not consider holding an on-field ceremony for Wilson, who pitched for the franchise for seven seasons.
“When he comes in as a Dodger?” Baer said. “That’s a little awkward.”
Wilson signed a one-year deal with the rival Dodgers in August after completing his rehab from a second Tommy John surgery. He had 171 saves for the Giants but was nontendered last offseason as he recovered from surgery.
“I think Brian was hurt that we didn’t (tender him a contract),” Baer said. “That’s kind of the way I read it. I get it — it’s not easy with athletes in those situations. He has been with us his entire career. He was on the mound when we won the first World Series. I get it, and as far as I’m concerned, it’s case closed.”
All Dodgers reliever Brian Wilson wanted was his World Series ring. Following San Francisco's 3-2 win over L.A. on Thursday night, Wilson walked across the field and yelled at Giants CEO Larry Baer, his former boss.
Wilson leaned over the railing by the third-base dugout and confronted Baer about not receiving his ring for the 2012 World Series, per Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area. But Giants spokeswoman Staci Slaughter said that the organization had been trying to give the bearded relief pitcher his ring for several months.
"We have been for seven months trying to give him his World Series ring, and tried these past three days," Slaughter said, via the Associated Press. "It's been more challenging than we expected. We've given the ring to the Dodgers and he now has it. We really tried to do the right thing. We invited him to the ring ceremony. A number of members of our organization repeatedly reached out to him and we didn't get any response."
Baer delivered Wilson's ring to Dodgers personnel after the confrontation, according to the AP.
“I don’t know why he decided to make a show of it and air his grievance tonight,” Slaughter said, per Henry Schulman of SFGate.com.
Wilson, who was a member of the Giants for seven seasons and won two World Series, didn't say much about what he said to Baer.
"Just a conversation between me and him," Wilson told Baggarly.