You knew there would be some Brian Wilson soundbites during the strange, uneven, 20-minute interview session that took place in front of his locker. And yes, the assembled media tried like hell to pry every last one out of the San Francisco Giants closer.
About the beard, which “manages itself” according to Wilson … “I will not trim it, AT ALL, during this process,” Wilson said. He also said it’ll be there when he pitches next April on Opening Day (theoretically).
New hobbies: Wilson has been putting together puzzles — the biggest one he’s done contained 2,000 pieces, but, “The biggest puzzle I’m currently doing is my life, which isn’t over yet.” and “laying carpet” with his left hand in an 8×8 room somewhere (did I mention this was a strange interview?).
Wilson was asked several questions about Sunday (which one would assume was the reason why he spoke at length with all of us today). May 20 is Brian Wilson Gnome Day, and he’ll also be in the booth with Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow. There was plenty of gnome talk, as you’ll see in the video.
For the broadcast, Wilson said he’d bring back old catchphrases like “We’ll be bringing back ‘Marina Mamacitas’ for sure, as possibly the ‘Whisper Hour’ where I just whisper for an entire inning.”
Speaking of San Francisco neighborhoods, Wilson bought some puzzles and some lamps at an antique store on Divisadero, which probably means he checked out that weird typewriter store around the corner from my apartment that keeps strange hours. It probably won’t shock you to hear that hipsters like to frequent this establishment.
He also checked out Muir Woods. “Saw the trees. Was asked if I was John Muir … twice,” said Wilson. “That’s about as outdoorsy as I’ve been.”
Mostly, this video pretty much encapsulates everything Wilson said he’d be doing to fill his spare time, something he has much more of after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
“This is my opportunity … to be a better teammate, to able to be more interactive with the fans. Once I’m able to come to the park, go to the games daily, take the time to sign some more autographs. Just be more involved in the community as far as charitable work, things like that. Because I do have a lot of time now, I’m not at the ballpark from 2 to 11,” Wilson said.